Covid-19 emergency response: IFD decontamination unit at work

Last week I photographed my colleagues from the Inuvik Fire Department at the self-isolation facility set up in the Mackenzie Hotel while they fogged rooms with medical grade viricide. Room decontamination is a preventative measure to ensure safety of staff and guests staying at the facility.  Since the Northwest Territories borders were closed on March 22nd to prevent spread of Covid-19, everyone entering the territory has to undergo a 14-day quarantine in Yellowknife, Inuvik, Fort Smith, or Hay River. Returning residents are not allowed to self-isolate in the smaller communities to avoid overwhelming local health centres if they turned out to be infected,  and to ensure that they are close to a hospital for the duration of their 14-day self-isolation. So far there have been 5 cases of Covid-19 in the Northwest Territories, including 1 in Inuvik.

These images are a part of a project commissioned by the Government of the Northwest Territories. 

Chevonne of the Yukon at the Westminster Hotel

A small set if images from my photoshoot with Chevonne of the Yukon, burlesque performer and educator, as well as a co-founder and producer of Dawson City’s Boardwalk Burlesque. The photos were taken in the Westminster Hotel, an eclectic space with crooked floors, filled with a mix of furniture from the last 100 years. The Westminster, established at the height of the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898, is the oldest Dawson City business operating in its original location.

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