This site is the creation of a team of funding partners, researchers, computer and educational specialists, translators, revisers and administrators. It contains information drawn from historical records preserved in museums, archives and government records, as well as books, journal articles, and other materials.

Funding Partners

This website was made possible through the financial contributions of the following institutions:

Department of Canadian Heritage, Canadian Culture Online Initiative
University of Waterloo
University of Northern British Columbia
University of Victoria
Office of the Vice-President, Academic
Office of the Vice-President, Research
Dean of Humanities
Université de Sherbrooke

Production Partners

Queen’s University, Department of History
University of Victoria, Department of History
University of Victoria, Humanities Computing and Media Centre
Université de Sherbrooke, Department of History and Political Science
Université de Sherbrooke, Translation Program
The Department of Theory and Policy Studies of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education
TC2, The Critical Thinking Consortium
Arius 3-D
Hot House Marketing

Staff —Klondike Mystery

This site was a team effort. The co-directors for the project were Ken S. Coates, Dean of Arts, University of Waterloo, and William R. Morrison, Professor of History, University of Northern British Columbia. They wrote the introductory texts, historical contexts and the biographies of the cast of characters. In addition, they contributed interpretations that explain the circumstances surrounding the Klondike mystery. An additional interpretation was written by David Neufeld of Parks Canada, Whitehorse. The research team was made up of six dedicated young scholars:

  • Darren Friesen, Senior Research Assistant (Vancouver)
  • Nanci Henderson, Senior Research Assistant (Waterloo)
  • Jennifer Friesen, Research Assistant (Vancouver)
  • Sakura Minami, Research Assistant (Waterloo)
  • Thomas Bruce, Research Assistant (Waterloo)

They visited a number of archives and locations to conduct research, and selected the documents that appear on this site. They also proofread the documents.

Ruth Sandwell created the teachers’ guides.


Translation English to French: Rachel Rouleau and Sophie Lapointe
Proofing of the French translation: Marie Gagnon
Translation French to English: Rose-Anne Chabot
Proofing of the English translation: Rod Willmot


Sabine Berg of Hot House Marketing & Design, in Victoria.

Technical Production

Technical Advisors: Scott Gerrity and Stewart Arneil
Programming: Amanuel Moges
Website Markup: Dennis Lee, Sunpreet Jassal and Naomi Eichenlaub
Editorial and Database: Heather Gleboff and Carolyne Blanchard


Merna Forster, Executive Director
John Lutz, Ph. D., Co-director
Ruth Sandwell, Ph. D., Co-director
Peter Gossage, Ph. D., Co-director
Françoise McNeil, Translation Co-ordinator


The content of this site is copyrighted by the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History Project, excepting much of the documentary and photographic material which is used here by permission. Most of the contemporary photographs were taken from the collections of the University of Washington, with others coming from the collection of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and a few from other archives. All these images are used here with permission, or are in the public domain or are from the personal collections of the site’s co-directors. Excerpts from books or other material not in the public domain are used with permission of the authors or publishers, where these could be located.

The material from Gold at Fortymile Creek, by Michael Gates, © the University of British Columbia Press, 1994, is used with permission of the Press. All rights reserved by the Publisher.

The material from George Carmack: Man of Mystery Who Set off the Klondike Gold Rush, by James Albert Johnson, © Epicenter Press, 2001, is used with permission of the Press.

The material from Life Lived Like a Story: Life Stories of Three Native Elders, by Julie Cruickshank, 1990, © the University of Nebraska Press, is used with permission of the Press.

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