As part of Canada's 150th anniversary, the Yukon community was invited to explore and embrace traditional arts and crafts by participating in a creative doll making workshop, using recycled materials.

The history of the people these dolls represent was highlighted through three expo discussions, giving the public in Dawson, Haines Junction and Whitehorse the opportunity to interact with their creators.

Yukon history makers

Inspired by real people, past and present, these 21 dolls pay tribute to the French Yukoners who shaped the history of our territory.

François Houle

By Sophie Brisebois

François-Xavier Mercier

By Cécile Girard

Louis Lapierre

By Brittany Mai

Lorenzo Grimard

By Patricia Brennan

Marie-Louise Taché

By Emilie Dory

Jeanne Beaudoin

By Pascale Geoffroy

Father Jean-Marie Mouchet

By Denise Beauchamp

Madam Teacher

By Edith Bélanger

Joseph Eugène Binet

By Sylvie Binette

Belinda Mulrooney and “Count” Charles-Eugène Carbonneau

By Josée Fortin

Mathilde « Ruby » Scott

By Roxanne Thibaudeau

Léo Martel

By Maude Craig-Duchesne

Cécile Girard

By Maryne Dumaine

Émilie (Fortin) Tremblay

By Rosie Lapierre

Louis Alphonse Paré

By Mireille Labbé

Emma Fontaine

By Angélique Bernard

Joseph E. N. Duclos

By Nathalie Lapointe

Lorenzo Létourneau

By Pierrette Taillefer

Marie Beaudin

By Isabelle Salesse

Léa Moreau

By Marie-Stéphanie Gasse


Cécile Girard, artist

Cécile Girard has been living in the Yukon since 1981. She has a Graphic Design from l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM).

As soon as she arrived in the territory, Cécile began making wool batting stuffed dolls, colourful creations she sold in local shops and in Alaska.

In 1983, she joined l’Aurore boréale newspaper’s team of volunteers. She was assigned the responsibility for the front pages, which she drew using China ink. In 1986, she created the Franco-Yukon flag. Managing Director of l’Aurore boréale for more than 25 years, she has successfully completed many art projects in parallel.

With her dolls, Cécile, who is now retired, is returning to her first love. “Every doll is unique, but they are all Northern creatures, firmly rooted in their environment; each in its own way reflects and celebrates our local residents―yesterday’s and today’s,” she explains.


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This project is funded by the Government of Canada.