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Maybe you’ve never heard of it, but Atlin is the northern-most community in British Columbia. The village of Atlin saw an influx of white settlers during British Columbia’s last great gold rush, which began in 1898 when Fritz Miller and Kenneth MacLaren discovered gold on Pine Creek, in what was then thought to be part of Canada’s Yukon.

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The mountains looked close enough to touch.
The mountains looked close enough to touch.

At the height of the gold rush, Atlin had 10,000 inhabitants who survived the northern winters in tents and rough wooden structures. Atlin has had its ups and downs since then. In the 1960’s the population bottomed out at around 100 and now stands near 500.

The Tlingit community, of course, has been present on the shores of Atlin Lake since the memory of the ancestors began. Their stewardship of the land and resources remains a priority as does the care of their culture and youth.

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