2022 Program
Festival April 14-17

Tickets/passes available at the door or in advance ONLINE
All events take place AT KIAC/DËnËKÄR ZHO unless otherwise noted.

Some films may contain content not suitable for all audiences. Please read the program carefully.
Please wear a mask when entering and leaving any venue of the festival. You may remove them when seated.

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An outdoor projection loop on the Princess Street side of KIAC/DËnËkÄr Zho running after sunset each night.
Thanks to ORO Enterprises for hanging the screen!
Love and Flowers
Jenffer Jay
A stop-motion film that uses recycled flowers from Valentines Day gifting that got thrown away. The idea how valentines day, like many other holidays create products that are sold and then immediately thrown away. Disposability and how the juxtaposition of love for another and how the symbol of that love is so easily thrown away. 
Jonny Klynkramer
Aerial footage of breaking river ice is contrasted with a noise-displaced tubular fractal mesh, texturized by layers of hand-painted super 8 film and feedback-based digital growth. A meditation on the dichotomies of digital/analog, nature/technology and generation/degeneration.
Plastic Climbs
Jasmine Liaw
As a multiracial woman, ‘plastic climbs’ is a personal artwork that represents the complexity I feel within my identity. Integrating movement with transparent material such as plastic, emulates feelings of exposure, vulnerability, and even the sensorial relationship that is experienced with somatic layers. I’m navigating my sense of self through dance-technology; reclaiming ideas of sensuality and delicacy through the ownership of my body. My experiences are contemporary within my own diasporic understanding of my Asian culture.

Thursday, April 14th

8PM screening

screening sponsor

The Seagull EGG
SHAKAT MEDIA, Yukon, 7m, Documentary

As we step onto a small boat parked at a dock in Carcross, Elder Stanley James takes us on a journey back to the old times when harvesting seagull eggs was an important and necessary activity providing food diversity and survival.

Vincent L’Hérault, Tim Anaviapik Soucie, Nunavut, 27m, Documentary

The inspired journey of a young Inuit community researcher.

Nicholas Jones, UK, 28m, documentary

A journey through our connection with nature, what we derive from it and what is at stake when we lose the connection.

Walking wiTH PLants
Trevor Dixon Bennett, Leigh Joseph , BC, 23m, documentary

Styawat/Leigh Joseph is a Skwxwú7mesh Nation ethnobotanist. She grew up away from her traditional territory of Squamish, B.C. but in coming to a deeper understanding of her identity as a Skwxwú7mesh woman, felt called to move her family home.
As she navigates walking between academic and cultural worlds, she contemplates her relationship with plants and their role as teachers. On the land where her ancestors have harvested since time beyond memory, her life purpose is awakened.

Friday, April 15

1-4pm workshop (at SOVA, 3rd and queen)

Photocopy Rotoscopy!
Experimental animation technique using live footage and traditional art media.

Rotoscope is a technique where one paints or draws over top of live action footage. One famous example is Aha’s 1985 music video for Take on Me. There are many different ways a person can rotoscope, often using digital drawing tools, film projectors and light boxes. In our workshop we will be exploring a less common, low tech, DIY, experimental approach, printing out successive film frames, and making marks directly onto those printouts. We will be drawing, painting, gluing, sanding, tearing, crumpling… and any other ways we can think of to alter those images. The process is fun and is also an easy way to learn the basic principles of animation. This workshop will be perfect for experienced animators and novices alike. Absolutely no animation or art experience necessary. Ideal for adults and children over 12. (Note, for children under 16 we ask that an adult accompany them).

Sharron Mirsky is an independent director and animator based out of Montreal. Her short films have screened at film and art festivals, and have received awards in Canada and abroad. She has also collaborated with the National Film Board of Canada, documentary filmmakers, independent film productions, and non-profits.
She prefers to work directly under the camera, using a variety of drawing and painting media. Her main love is animated-documentary, along with other experiments in storytelling. Recent and current themes she is exploring centre around memory, especially investigations of memory & place, and how memory lives in the body.
www.sharronmirsky.com or vimeo.com/sharronmirsky


6pm screening

screening sponsor

Premonition: On the Eve of Signing Treaty 6
Barry Bilinsky, Quebec, 4m, Animation
Premonition acknowledges the major shifts that happened when European traders and settlers began to come into the territory. The birth of the Metis Nation, a unique and storied people who stem from the First Nations’ and Fur Traders’ early interactions, are shown to integrate beliefs from both the Church and traditional Indigenous teachings.
We Need To Talk About #TheVaccine
Adrian Patterson, Ontario, 7m, Narrative

A content creator tiptoes between political lines creating viral videos to engage and enrage his audience.

Lily Gontard, Yukon, 10m, Documentary
When a whale dies of natural causes, their body slowing decomposes as it sinks to the ocean floor. This is “whalefall”. The film follows artist Joyce Majiski as she carves an exact replica of a juvenile humpback drowned in 2006 when her tail was caught in fishing gear. Bone by bone, Joyce uses garbage collected from the ocean to recreate the whale.
Lisa Jackson, Ontario, 10m Documentary
Lichen offers us a look at this remarkable life form and asks what we might learn from it. Ancient and diverse, both an individual and a community, lichens can live in the most extreme environments, including outer space. This meditative film bridges science and philosophy, and the words of lichenologist Trevor Goward illuminate the terrain in poetic and thought-provoking ways.
Jung & Restless
Joanna Priestley, USA, 6m, Animation
Jung & Restless explores the mysterious mythopoetic realm via dream imagery and animated mandalas. “The soul knows bigger stories.” - C. G. Jung

Spirit Emulsion
Siku Allooloo, Yukon, 8m, Documentary
Spirit Emulsion follows an Indigenous woman’s connection to the spirit world as she activates a Taíno legacy. Analogue film developed with plant medicines evokes the intangible, as flowers portray family love and ancestral sovereignty extending into the future.
Dear Mr. Dudley
Morgan Tams, BC, 13m, Documentary
Dear Mr. Dudley follows a series of hand-written letters that trace the five thousand, eight hundred, and seventy-two kilometres between the filmmaker and his absentee father.

Rear View
Lulu Keating, Yukon, 2m, Documentary

Reflections from a retro pov.


Bird Box
Yasmine Renaud, Yukon, 4m, narRative

A lone man takes the great, mysterious migration into his own hands.
Stop, Looking and Listen,
Cud Eastbound, Yukon, 4m, Narrative
Stop Looking and Listen chronicles the misadventures of a person who is plagued by creatures and decides to escape to the North. Unfortunately, before they are free from their tormentors, they have one final encounter.

8:30PM screening

screening sponsor
Inner Hobo
Amelia Merhar, Yukon, 3m, Experimental

This film uses stock footage as a medium to question what is considered standard experience, particularly in academic settings.
Thinking of a Place
Devon Pennick-Reilly, Nova Scotia, 4m, Documentary
The experience of climbing on a cold winter day on the coast of Nova Scotia is unique. What does exposing yourself to the elements teach you about life? This film is not so much about the sport of climbing itself, but rather, it is a meditation on the art of being uncomfortable.
Diiyeghan naii Taii Tr’eedaa (We Will Walk the Trail of our Ancestors)
Princess Daazhraii Johnson, Alaska, 6m, Documentary
A grandfather teaches his granddaughter, a young Gwich’in mother named Alisha, how reciprocity is embedded in all aspects of life. The northern lights warm the caribou; the caribou helps feed and sustain the community; the community honors the connections. Each element in nature is purposeful and related. In turn, these connections bring new meaning to Alisha and her wishes for her children and for all living beings.
Monde Gris
Jonathan Klynkramer, Yukon, 4m, Experimental
Monde Gris is an experimental reflection on our cold, grey, lifeless world and the bleakness of existence constructed from aerial drone, digital video, hand-painted 8mm and 16mm footage.

Brenda López Zepeda, Quebec, 7m, Animation
ABEO is a hard hitting mixed media animated short that depicts the journey of Nadia and Lupe, two immigrants who risked their lives to cross the Arizona desert in search for a better life.
Ying Xu, China, 15m, Narrative
Huang Ye, a hunchback dancer, is constantly questioned by the outside world because of her slight physical defects.
David Curtis, Yukon, 5m, Experimental

Portrait of the interior of a hotel by the sole occupant of its environs.
Marie Valade, Quebec, 7m, Animation
A surrealist journey through a woman’s love-hate relationship with her breasts, her body, her femininity.
Thomas Bullen, Yukon, 16m, Narrative
After a serious accident reminds a grieving father of his own mortality, he is forced to reckon with his grief, and a relationship being torn apart by it.
I, new God
Robert Brouillette, Yukon, 2m, Narrative
A young lady comes to a shore to offer herself to ancient spirits and gets consumed by them.

11PM screening

The summoning of FRÄulein Bubble Face
Aleks Bartosik, James Boddie, Yukon, 4, Animation
The charcoal deity sends its emissary to intervene.
Recoding Entropia
François Vautier, France, 8m, Animation
A metallic tetrahedron floats through a milky abyss. All is calm – until this geometric form suddenly deconstructs, atomizing into billions of fragments. What was once a negative space is now dense with chaos. All that was rational and understood has come undone. This is the beginning of a journey: one of creative destruction where everything solid melts into air, then condenses once more. It’s the hypnotic allegory of the eternal return, a spiritual journey where life and death are infinitely interchangeable. Through purely abstract forms and movement, Recoding Entropia questions the spectator’s place in the universe, offering an immersive journey into the mysteries of extinction and rebirth.
Robin Miranda das Neves, Quebec, 10m, Narrative
In a secluded cabin surrounded by untrodden snow, a man delves into his childhood memories with his father. Nothing can disrupt this moment of introspection, not even the most dangerous threat.
Events in the Tunnel
Penny McCann & Eric Walker, Ontario, 10m, Experimental
Drawn from Super 8 films in the artists’ personal archives as well as found amateur 8mm footage, Events in the Tunnel presents an absurdist abbreviated retelling of Canada’s colonial history as defined by that great colonial trope, the cross-country train trip. In the transitional void of a train tunnel, we witness familiar 19th and 20th century paradigms of white middle-class conformity as represented by images of travel, amusement, and domesticity, with Canadian culture embodied by a chimeric portrayal of the early 20th century painter Tom Thomson.
Matasila Freshwater, Solomom Island, 13m, horror
Hiama is an amazing reclamation of the horror genre through a Solomon Islands lens. When a teenage girl encounters racism and microaggressions at her high school, her Hiama (shamanic guardian spirit) teaches her to invoke her inner power into a new reality.
Content Warnings: Violence, bloodletting, torture, mutilation or criminal activity, triggering historical trauma
When Land and Body Merge
Jaime Black and Lindsay Delaronde, Manitoba, 9m, Experimental
Jaime Black and Lindsay Delaronde live in territories that are far apart. These territories look vastly different. The caregivers of these lands speak different languages, ceremonies and traditions differ. The territories they live on, the Lekwungen Territory and Treaty One Territory are the third collaborators in the project. Content warning: this film contains nudity.
Indigenous Police
Egil Pederson, Norway, 15m, Narrative
Three Sámi men travel to the capital of Norway. One of them is wearing a gákti, the Sami traditional costume, to attract Norwegian women. Koftepolitiet is a Sámi short film told with humour and political sting.


12 noon Artist talk

She Danced Her Way In
Virgina Mitford, Yukon, Mutoscope Installation
Pushing against the multitude of problematic retellings of the Gold Rush era that frame women as essentially filling a void for men, these mutoscopes ask us to imagine and pay homage to the emotions, dreams and needs of two young women from an historic photo of Fairbanks Sex Workers. Virginia will be giving a short artist talk and you can view and "play".



Anders Beer, PH Dallaire, Quebec, 2m, Animation
ITCHY is a simple-minded but charismatic camel whose itchy hump is a constant distraction. As he absent-mindedly wanders through the desert, Itchy is stunned by a tennis ball to the muzzle.
Pollution Solution
The Bum Family, Alberta, 6m, Documentary
A short documentary that explores what people are doing about pollution. Made by a group of 6 young cousins who fear the world is ending due to human activity.
Kids Coffee
Moira Sauer, Yukon, 4m, Documentary
Facing new realities in 2021, a child’s answers and simple tasks can bring a moment of beauty not appreciated in the past.
Suez Canal
Bennett Emerson, Yukon, 2m, Documentary
A child’s distillation of the 2021 cargo fiasco on the Suez Canal.
Where Songs come from
Martha Hart, Yukon, 2m, documentary
The film is a query of where song ideas come from. viewer will see several ways of how ideas for songs are generated.
Till Death Do Us Part
Hana Francine Lao, Yukon, 2m, Animation
Content Note: This film deals with death and loss.
Making a Living in the Industry
Ashlea Favron, Yukon, 2m, Documentary

Angelo Paraluman, Daanielle Glanza, Sydka Perucho. Yukon, 2m, Experimental
The Journey
Tess Crocker, Yukon, 2m, Documentary
Stop Looking in Black and White
Stevie Autumn, Yukon, 1m, Experimental
North Town
Lane Cheater, Yukon, 4m, Mockumentary
I Hate Bugs
Kevaughn Anderson, Yukon, 4m, Experimental


3pm screening

’Aina Paikai, Hawaii, 20m, Narrative
Against the backdrop of the 1970s native rights movement, George Helm, a young Hawaiian activist and musician must gain the support of kupuna (community elders) from the island of Maui to aid in the fight of protecting the precious neighboring island of Kaho’olawe from military bombing.
Rafael Roberto Mojica Gil (Wiwa), Columbia, 25m Narrative
Matuna is a beautiful, layered journey that transits between the spirit world and the present day Wiwa homeland plagued by decades of Colombian armed conflict. Invoking protection through both the earth and the ancient story of Matuna, young Shemaku incites his own heroic journey.
ShËtsey HwËdËk (The Story of My Grandpa)
Annie Procee, Yukon, 18m, Documentary
My grandpa always tells me, “If you want to hear my whole story, you’d be the same age as me by the time we're done.” Here is a glimpse into his life and what it means to be Dënezhu.
Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman’s Apprentice
Zacahrias Kunuk, Nunavut, 21m, Animation
The Shaman’s Apprentice tells the story of a young shaman in training who must face her first test—a trip to the underground to visit Kannaaluk, The One Below, who holds the answers to why a community member has become ill. Facing dark spirits and physical challenges, the young shaman must trust the teachings of her grandmother and mentor, Ningiuq Angakkuq, and learn to control her fear.


6PM screening

screening sponsor
Marie Hammje, Yukon, 4m, Documentary
Filling shelves and filling time.


The Recess
Navid Nikkhah Azad, Iran, 12m, narrative
Seventeen-year-old Sahar is determined to watch her favorite soccer team play for the league championship. Barred from attending sports events as a woman, Sahar disguises herself as a boy with the help of her friends. Things take a tragic turn when Sahar’s disguise is uncovered. Inspired by true events, The Recess explores gender oppression in Iranian society.
Dene Drum Songs in Gahnıhthah
Jonathan Antoine, NWT, 12m, Documentary
A short documentary on the Dene Drum in Gahnıhthah (Rabbitkettle).
Our Sea
Álvaro López Soriano, Franz Blanco , Spain, 23m, Documentary
Amal, Yamila, Touré, Abigail, Akram, Amine… Through their faces, their eyes, and their stories we look at the current reality of immigration in the Mediterranean.
Dianne Ouellette, Saskatchewan, 5m, Experimental
This short film is about a moment in time encapsulating perseverance and a mother-daughter relationship.
If You Give a Beach a Bottle
Max Romey, Alaska, 5m, Documentary
Inspired by a picture book, Max Romey heads to a remote beach on Alaska’s coastline in search of marine debris. What he finds is a different story altogether.
Beauty Through Decay
Jenffer Jay, Yukon, 9m, Documentary
Yukon artist Jenffer Jay takes us through the process of creating art through discarded and overlooked materials.
Tova KrEntzmAn, Yukon, 4m, Narrative
A banquet set in an open field, a hedonistic feast contrasting with the central character’s emotional scream and existential angst. “Harshama” (Submission), is a monologue adapted from absurdist playwright Eugene Ionesco. The film reflects on resisting societal norms, its futility and resulting isolation.


8:30PM Screening

Lettuce Bolts
Kim Edgar, Yukon, 3m, Experimental
A song describing the overwhelming physical sensation of falling for someone, playing overtop footage of the artist both having an autistic meltdown, and exploring a garden in an autistic sensory way.
Content warning: Contains scenes of self-harm.
Climate Migrants
Shizuka Yoshimura, yukon, 6m, MocKumentary
This is a fictional story on climate change. Climate Migrants move to Dawson City, Yukon, Canada due to the deteriorating environmental conditions around the world. The story highlights four migrants, who have come here in various ways and motivations. It depicts a possible dystopian scenario with humour.
Atricia Barbosa, Spain, 7m, Narrative
File a report should be a simple procedure. But the establishment is not always willing to help.
Simon Laganière Pierre, Quebec, 14m, narrative
Bonus, a clumsy and reckless father, has custody of his young son for the day. Abated by his recent breakup, he notices that the child is developing a beautiful relationship with his ex-girlfriend’s new lover. Afraid that he is being replaced, he decides to dazzle him with a father-son moment tinged with magic.
The Godless of Technology
Reine Astra, Yukon, 9m, Experimental
Using audio, video, photoshop, painting and pieces of the internet , The Godless of Technology, while asking during the creative process...who are you and what do you want to say at this time?
Daniel Little, Yukon, 19m, narrative
Isolation, psychosis, and canned meat. Stories of when the world’s most famous non-perishable food goes bad... really bad.
Menty B
Maria Sol Saurez-Martinez, Yukon, 4m, Experimental
A woman accidentally opens a dimensional portal that sets Menty B loose in a small northern town.



The Ducks
Ángela Arregui , Spain, 7m, Animation
An excited Mari Carmen starts her first day of work in the International Sales Department of a company. However, not everything will turn out as expected. A duck has appeared on the balcony, playing around with all of Mari Carmen’s workmates and turning upside down a day Mari Carmen hoped to start off on the right foot.
Clara Milo, Quebec, 14m, narrative
Two young disciples must throw their mother’s ashes into the mouth of a volcano in order to prevent its collapse into a flood of flames.
MeTube: August sings ‘Una furtiva lagrima’
Daniel Moshel, Austria, 8m, Opera
Intergalactic music nerds August and Elfi conquer the opera stage and orchestrate their final adventure in an opulent manner.


Cecilia Araneda, Manitoba, 4m, Experimental
Shot at Bate Island in Ottawa, landing is made from hand-processed B&W 16 mm film hand-coloured with organic and photochemical tones, video and found sound. landing examines moments of respite in between flight and movement, where landing becomes refuge.  
Luce Grosjea, Slovenia, 10m, Animation
The steak has been marinating for a few days now. The pan is heated. Franc’s stomach is rumbling. But Liza’s co-workers surprise her with a birthday party. Will she be home on time? Note: this film deasl with domestic abuse.
Gabriel Allard Gagnon, Nunavik, QuÉbec, 26m, Narrative
Ali, a teenage Inuit hip hop fan, lives in Ivujivik, a small Arctic village where nothing interests him. All of his problems seem to materialize in his father’s old snowmobile, constantly breaking down. His only way out? The famous Rich E. Murdoch, Ali’s favorite rapper.



1-3PM Workshop

(at SOVA 3rd and queen)
A cinematographer’s work consists mostly of finding the right framing and lighting to support the purpose of the film. Mood nd tension are aspects that can, and should, be expressed with lighting. In other words, lighting is part of the language of a movie. It is also the first flag someone notices between a “product” versus a more amateur one. Lighting equipment though is very expensive, and often one of the first things to be cut when preparing a budget. So how to compromise the need for creative space and the budget at one’s disposal?

This workshop aims to show low budget options for thoughtful lighting. It is intended for filmmakers/cinematographers who are doing small budget productions. Whether it is a documentary, a short, or an independent film, the cinematographer often finds themselves with little equipment and without much of a crew. The first part of the workshop will present different options for lighting set ups using what the location has to offer: practical lights(fixtures etc), windows, curtains, even furniture in the set are among the options a cinematographer has to make a difference on how the film will look and feel.

The second part of the presentation will have an hands on experiment where the participants will be able to set a standard interview frame using only one small filming light and then having to figure out the rest with fixtures and practicals. The challenge will include deciding which light source to use as key light, fill light and backlight. The participants will also have to consider compromises with the requirements of the sound department and their needs.

Fabio De Felice is a cinematographer from Venice, Italy. After his studies in Italy where he specialized in documentary filmmaking, he moved to Montreal where he works on projects ranging from documentaries, dramatic features and shorts, commercials and music videos.



screening sponsor


Inniun ueshkat mak anutshish
Mary Menie Mark, Quebec, 5m, Documentary
A conversation between a mother and her daughter; memories of passing from the hut to the house.
Millefiore Clarkes, PEI, 14m, Documentary
GRANDMOTHERS is a lyrical, art-based, short documentary that lends deep listening to, and seeks universal wisdom from, three formidable older women from diverse communities living on Prince Edward Island.
Tracey Richard and Angie Richard, New Brunswick, 4m, Animation
Terre is a stop-motion animation short-film that navigates through different landscapes. Intertwining bright childhood nostalgia with melancholic visuals, Terre acknowledges the anxieties provoked by the transformations of Acadian landscapes. By using imaginary, fragmented, and repetitive scenes, the Richard sisters depict past and present moments to highlight their unforgettable sense of home.
Jeremy Benning, Ontario, 14m, Documentary
An inside look at the world of the foley artist. This short documentary is a sneak peek into a unique post production sound facility located in rural Ontario, an hour north of Toronto.
Aaᕈuukwiath (Tla-o-qui-aht) Dugout Canoe
Steven Davies, BC, 11m, Documentary
After working as a clearcut logger in what is now known as the Clayoquot Sound, master carver and land defender Joe Martin reconciles his past by revitalizing the ancestral knowledge and artistic practice of the traditional Tla-o-qui-aht dugout canoe.
Penelakut ~ Returning to the Healing Circle
Peter Campbell, BC, 28m, Documentary
Twenty-five years after the groundbreaking documentary, “Kuper Island ~ Return to the Healing Circle” was released, the filmmakers were invited to return to the Island to document an important community event. Built in 1890, the Kuper Island Residential School operated a mere fifty kilometers west of Vancouver. Many children drowned trying to escape. At the end of the 1996 film, the Cornerstone of the Residential School is ceremoniously hurled into the Ocean. And that is how “Penelakut ~ Returning to the Healing Circle” begins...
Content Warning: this film deals with residential school issues.


Princess Street outside of KIAC

Listen to the music of CORN
while feasting on plates of perogies!
The music is free!
Plates of food (gluten free option available) $8
Please buy your food ticket in advance.



screening sponsor
Anders Beer, PH Dallaire, Quebec, 2m, Animation
ITCHY is a simple-minded but charismatic camel whose itchy hump is a constant distraction. As he absent-mindedly wanders through the desert, Itchy discovers a pile of rakes...the perfect solution to his perpetual itch! But can he wrap his tiny mind around this opportunity, or will he miss the scratch of a lifetime?
Anıl Gök, Turkey, 5m, Documentary
A warning for the future and an invitation to everyone to do something for the environment, because there are many small buckets that can make the sea.
K’a-näthät (Thinking)
Cole Pauls, Yukon, 10m, Animation
K’a-näthät (Southern Tutchone for Thinking) is an animated short created by Cole Pauls. As the day comes and goes, what wilNuisance Bear
Jack Weisman, Ontario, 14m, Documentary l our plan for tomorrow be?
Churchill, Manitoba, is famous as an international destination for photographing polar bears. We’ve seen the majestic images and classic wildlife series captured here - but what do these bears see of us? Through a shift in perspective ‘Nuisance Bear’ reveals an obstacle course of tourist paparazzi and wildlife officers whom bears must navigate during their annual migration.
Wine Story
Keith Del Principe, Ontario, 3m, Animation
A family’s adventure in wine-making, created with grape-based in.
The Day After Yesterday (Beyond the 40 Mile)
william hunter Kendrick, Yukon, 8m, Documentary
Using audio from a now-defunct mining corporation's 1969 promo film with archival and present day footage , this film is a visual journey from the past to the present of the Clinton Creek Asbestos Mine.

Blind Ambition The Wop May Story
Frederick Kroetsch, Alberta, 22m, Docudrama
Blind Ambition brings to life the story of an inspiring and courageous pilot. Barnstormer, lifesaver, and intrepid bush pilot, Wilfred ‘Wop’ May proves the value of flight to the world. This film relates the tales of his adventures, heroics, and generosity, including his integral part in the manhunt of the Mad Trapper in the northern Yukon.
Show Me the Pain,
Robert KE Zastre, Yukon, 10m, Narrative
Things go horribly awry for two Torontonian theatre students when they’re recruited to work with a northern independent film maker in the harsh Yukon mountains.