George Black and the Wuksonovich Trial: Finding the Truth in History


  • Michael Gates Independent Researcher, Whitehorse
  • Kathy Gates Independent Researcher, Whitehorse



Inaccurate historical details often become embedded in the narrative because of frequent repetition. Such was the case with a murder trial that involved prominent Yukon lawyer George Black in 1922. This is a cautionary note for those gathering historical accounts to dig deep and evaluate the content carefully, or risk perpetuating historical myths.

Author Biographies

Michael Gates, Independent Researcher, Whitehorse

Former Curator of Collections for Klondike National Historic Sites in Dawson City. He is the author or co-author of seven books on Yukon history. He is also the author of the long-running popular History Hunter column in the Yukon News.

Kathy Gates, Independent Researcher, Whitehorse

Former Director of the Dawson City Museum, and former publisher and editor of the Dawson City Nugget newspaper, and co-founder and editor of the Klondike Sun newspaper. Since 2003, she has been an historical researcher on several book and film projects about Yukon history.