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Alia - Chapter 03

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The phone lines are down to the Yukon's most remote community. The people of Old Crow won't have any way of letting the Chief Returning Offi cer know who won in their riding, short of renting a plane and fl ying the results in. Those results could be crucial.
—CBC Radio, Whitehorse (Alia 1991a)
The results were indeed crucial, and they arrived in a most unusual way. A "ham" radio operator picked up a message radioed from an airplane flying over Old Crow and relayed the information to Whitehorse (Alia 1991f). That convoluted, but effective, mode of transporting information may seem peculiar to those living in urban centers. In remote and northern regions, such occurrences are a part of daily life. Communication and transportation are inseparable; interdependence is not a theory, but a daily reality. Breakdowns in transportation and communication can mean life or death in places where radio or telephone lines link people with survival, as well as with each other. When it comes to sending and receiving news, Indigenous people are used to improvising. The phone lines are down to the Yukon's most remote community. The people of Old Crow won't have any way of letting the Chief Returning Offi cer know who won in their riding, short of renting a plane and fl ying the results in. Those results coul
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