Graduation is a day that makes all the late nights staying up late to complete your assignments pay off. The second you begin the walk up to the stage to receive your diploma, that sense of accomplishment and relief is almost overwhelming. Each moment of that day is burned into the memory of every student, along with that of their families and friends.
The fourth Junior REM was just hosted in Tse Zul-Faro, the traditional Kaska Dena territory of the Ross River Dena Council. Eighty Grades 7/8 students and twenty-five educators from Carcross, Carmacks, Dawson City, Faro, Haines Junction, Mayo, Pelly Crossing, Ross River, Teslin and Watson Lake gathered in Tse Zul-Faro, for two days of engaging hands-on activities.
In Teslin, the journalism students were gifted with a story from local Elder, Margaret Garolitz who made a moose hide vests nearly 2 decades ago.
When you sit down with Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Regional Chief for Yukon Kluane Adamek it’s like you are chatting with an old friend. She is exceptionally approachable, warm and gracious. She is also confident in her words and in her messages.
In March 2018, Yukon Heli hosted its first indigenous youth camp in Fraser, BC. Over two days they invited various indigenous youth from the Yukon and northern BC to experience the world of heli-skiing. The goal of the two-day camp on March 24th -25th was to connect local indigenous youth to the different working opportunities in the ski and snowboard industry.
Our Water, Our Land, Our People.“When you look at the hard times, you say ‘this is what I need from you and the rest I don’t need no more’ you never look back at it again; because it will come forward to meet you again. And part of that healing is your journey for tomorrow, and the next day, that’s the plan you have to stick with.” – Elder Besha BlondinRiver Nation: Journey Through the Bloodlines, began as a project to learn about Yukon First Nation governance.
Over the past few months the Shākāt Team traveled to a number of different communities to collect stories from youth all around the territory. We were struck by their creativity and unique perspectives on life in the Yukon. Such a great day as we visited the local community centre and worked with Yukon College facilitators. We focused mainly on making videos as we encouraged the students to co