James Smith (Yukon politician)

James M. Smith OC (December 31, 1919 – April 14, 2017) was the longest serving commissioner of Yukon from November 7, 1966 to June 30, 1976.[2] During his tenure, he was instrumental in the creation of Kluane National Park and Reserve and the designation of the Chilkoot Trail as a National Historic Site of Canada.[citation needed] He was also responsible for creating the Arctic Winter Games along with Northwest Territories commissioner Stuart Hodgson and Alaska governor Walter Joseph Hickel.[3] He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1976.[4]

James Smith
Member of the Yukon Territorial Council
In office
Preceded byJack Hulland
Succeeded byJohn Watt
ConstituencyWhitehorse West
Commissioner of Yukon
In office
November 7, 1966 – July 1, 1976
Prime MinisterLester B. Pearson
Pierre Trudeau
Preceded byGordon Robertson Cameron
Succeeded byArthur MacDonald Pearson
Personal details
Born(1919-12-31)December 31, 1919
Revelstoke, British Columbia
DiedApril 14, 2017(2017-04-14) (aged 97)[1]
Dorothy Matson
(m. 1947)


  1. ^ "Longtime Yukon commissioner James Smith dies at the age of 97". National Newswatch. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  2. ^ "History of Yukon Commissioners". Government of Yukon. Archived from the original on August 28, 2007.
  3. ^ "About the Arctic Winter Games". Arctic Winter Games. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007.
  4. ^ "Mr. James M. Smith". Office of The Governor General of Canada. Retrieved October 15, 2020.