The Best Tomato in the World

Eric Pateman is one of the world’s top culinary tourism experts and has travelled to all 7 continents, over 120 countries and has eaten in thousands of restaurants.  He still believes that some of the best produce he has ever eaten was produced in the Yukon. “By far the best tomato that I would put hands down, better than anything I’ve had in Spain or Italy” says Pateman referring to a tomato grown in Dawson City.

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Katie Johnson and the Adaka Cultural Festival

I met with Katie Johnson just 4 days after the final day of the Adaka Festival, and it was clear things were not really slowing down.  She had just gotten out of an interview with CKRW radio in Whitehorse and was working in the Whitepass building when I came in to chat with her.  Sitting at a conference table overlooking the Yukon River, Johnson filled me in on what she’s been working on, and what is next for First Nations Arts and Culture in the Yukon.

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The Forgotten Art of Moosehide Canoes

There are tools and gear everywhere in the wall tent that Doug Smarch works in.  Some are modern pieces of equipment like hand planers, some are traditional tools that I have never seen before and others look like they were specifically built for this project.  As I approached the “workshop”, Smarch is pulling two, long spruce planks from a steaming plastic pipe, explaining that this is home-made wood steamer he invented for boat building.

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Convocation in Inuvik.

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.

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