Yukon to showcase its unique northern character to the world during the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games



    WHITEHORSE, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - With just 518 days until the Opening
Ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Yukon - Canada's leading
northern destination and the site of the highest point in Canada - has joined
the Vancouver 2010 team.
    Yukon Premier Dennis Fentie; Elaine Taylor, Deputy Premier and Minister
of Tourism and Culture; Archie Lang, Minister of Community Services; and John
Furlong, Chief Executive Officer for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for
the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC), today announced Yukon's
participation in VANOC's Contributing Province/Territory Program (CPTP).
    "Being a contributing partner in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games
is an excellent opportunity for Yukon to share its unique northern culture,
people, landscapes, and economic and social advantages with a global
audience," Premier Fentie said.
    Yukon is the fifth provincial/territorial jurisdiction to join VANOC's
CPTP, with a $166,667 investment. The territory's contribution will support
Canadian athletes through the Own the Podium 2010 program, the Vancouver 2010
Cultural Olympiad and the staging of the Games.
    "With world-class sport facilities, committed volunteers and officials,
and an impressive history of successfully hosting major sporting events,
including the 2007 Canada Winter Games, Yukon is an experienced and welcome
addition to the Vancouver 2010 team," John Furlong, VANOC's CEO said. "We look
forward to showcasing the vast northern beauty of the territory and the
Aboriginal culture for which the Yukon is so well known."
    The 2010 Winter Games will bring athletes and spectators to Canada from
around the world and will draw a global television audience of approximately
three billion people. Through the CPTP, Yukon will have a golden opportunity
to organize a Yukon Day at the Games to promote and showcase the territory.
Opportunities will also exist for Yukon artists to participate in the Cultural
Olympiad. In addition, the territory will have enhanced involvement in the
Yukon portion of the torch relay, which will arrive in the territory prior to
the Games.

    About the Contributing Province/Territory Program

    VANOC's Contributing Province/Territory Program (CPTP) offers a
structured avenue for all provinces and territories to participate in the 2010
Winter Games. Under the CPTP, signatory provinces and territories receive a
package of benefits that create a close association with the Games, similar to
those of corporate sponsors. In return, participating provinces and
territories make a financial contribution towards the success of Canadian
athletes in 2010 through the Own the Podium 2010 program; culture and arts,
through the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad; and directly, to staging
successful Games in 2010. VANOC developed this new program in response to
interest demonstrated by Canada's provinces and territories outside of British
Columbia to allow for greater involvement in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games.

    About Yukon

    Yukon is larger than life, with a breathtaking wilderness, a wealth of
opportunities, abundant natural resources and friendly, welcoming people. Home
to modern infrastructure, a skilled and educated workforce and endless options
for year-round outdoor activities, Yukon is an excellent place to live, work,
invest and play.
    Yukon has a vibrant culture filled with rich northern tradition - First
Nations customs and beliefs, an active Francophone community, and the tales,
artifacts and architecture of the Klondike Gold Rush. It has been called Land
of the Midnight Sun; there are endless hours of sunlight during the summer
months and incredible aurora borealis, or northern lights, during the winter.
    Culture is threaded throughout Yukon's diverse communities and is a way
of life, as demonstrated by the beliefs, values, customs, behaviours and
artefacts passed on from generation to generation. Yukon's thriving artistic
community is comprised of music, literature, painting, sculpture,
storytelling, theatre and film - bringing Yukon's stories to life for
residents and visitors alike.
    To learn more about Yukon, please visit www.gov.yk.ca or
www.travelyukon.com.

    About VANOC

    VANOC's government partners provide funding, infrastructure, essential
service support and management services to the 2010 Winter Games, which will
contribute to lasting economic, sport, cultural and social legacies. VANOC's
government partners include the Government of Canada, the Province of British
Columbia, the City of Vancouver and the Resort Municipality of Whistler. To
date, members of VANOC's CPTP include Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador,
Ontario, Quebec and Yukon. VANOC's Venue Cities are Richmond, Surrey and the
District of West Vancouver. VANOC has also signed memoranda of understanding
with each Canadian province and territory. VANOC is responsible for the
planning, organizing, financing and staging of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and
Paralympic Winter Games. The Games will be staged in Vancouver and Whistler
from February 12 to 28, 2010. Vancouver and Whistler will host the Paralympic
Winter Games from March 12 to 21, 2010. For more information, visit
www.vancouver2010.com.





For further information:

For further information: Matthew Grant, Cabinet Communications, Yukon,
(867) 633-7961, matthew.grant@gov.yk.ca; Greg Alexis, VANOC/COVAN
Communications, (778) 328-3227, Greg_alexis@vancouver2010.com

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