Rosa M.

Whitehorse, Yukon

Yukon/Stikine Regional Heritage Fair

The Klondike Kates

My video is about two women during the Klondike gold rush that were nicknamed Klondike Kate. The more famous dancehall dancer, Kathleen Rockwell, and the first woman constable Katherine Ryan.




What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?

Kathleen was imprisoned by Katherine for being a prostitute at the start of her career as a dance hall girl. Katherine dealt with all the female prisoners.

What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?

The way most people got to the Klondike was by hiking over the Chilkoot trail which I did with my class. After that we studied the Klondike and it was all a very cool experience. I also canoed with my class from Minto to Dawson.

How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?

When I hiked the Chilkoot I had high tech equipment, they had huge pack normal boots and the women had dresses!