(too-loo-gak): Inuktitut (the language of Inuit) word meaning raven

Whitehorse, YT

Lewis Rifkind

I work for the Raven Recycling Society. It’s been around since 1999. It started as a sub-branch of the Yukon Conservation Society. In 1992, we became our own society. We started as a volunteer run situation. We have about 20 employees now, eight are part-time positions. Given the slump in mining, we’re now one of the largest mineral exporters from the Yukon with all the scrap metal we send out. Ravens here are known for how they go through garbage. You hear stories and I’ve actually seen two ravens lifting a bag out of a dumpster. I’ve heard anecdotal stories about ravens tricking dogs to get their food. The reason we chose the raven is because they’re such great scavengers. If you go out to the local landfill here, you’ll see hundreds of ravens going through the garbage and taking what they need and is useful. The same applies to our recycling centre. This is stuff people would normally have thrown out. We can use it and make money on it. It provides us a livelihood much as how ravens scavenge food.