Sean From The Yukon

“If you were to sit down and binge listen to Sean Balsillie’s YouTube channel (like I did), you may expect him to be a somber, heartsick young man as many of his songs cover familiar subjects of love, relationships and heartache. However, this is not the case. When I first met Sean this summer at the Moosehide Gathering, I was struck by how friendly, positive and conversational he was. This energy translates to his stage presence, which curiously contrasts with his sentimental style of music.”

Reconciliation Through Awareness

Our team of young Indigenous leaders at Youth for Lateral Kindness address these questions through the facilitation of the Blanket Exercise. We believe that, for reconciliation to be attained, Canadians must have an understanding of Indigenous history – the good and the bad. The stories and history that we share, through our work, holds major significance in our community and for Indigenous people in Canada. Youth for Lateral Kindness is a small business based in Whitehorse, Yukon, and was co-founded by Teagyn Vallevand and myself, Aurora Hardy in 2016. Our team encourages healing and healthy behaviours among Indigenous youth and awareness among Yukoners.

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PopCulture Smash! – Which Star Rules

“A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away”… countless pop-culture fans have debated on which sci-fi space film franchise best represents the egregiously popular genre. That’s right, I’m talking about “Star Wars” and “Star Trek”. Ever since the release of George Lucas’s “Star Wars”, there have been countless arguments as to which of the two “Star” franchises are better, and I, Alexander “Aqualink” Gatensby, intend to find the answer. The first thing you need to know before reading on this topic, is that although on the surface, the argument might seem just like a school-ground “my dad could beat up your dad” but, I assure you that it is much more than that. And I’m no outsider to the Pop Culture Geek community; I went to the Deadpool premiere in theatres dressed up as the “Merc with a Mouth” himself.

Medallions of Hope

As we pass through the tumultuous journey that is life, we constantly fight off monsters of all shapes and sizes. We are constantly plagued by feelings of depression, anger and despair. Some manage to fight them off a little easier than others, but everyone can do with a bit of help. This is why the Medallions of Hope were created. Thinking of the people who need a little more inspiration in their lives, these tokens were made for the sole purpose of helping out. In the coming weeks, a myriad of handcrafted medallions will decorate the trees by the riverfront and other places around town. Each medallion will carry this message: someone cares.

A Selective Honour

A Selective Honour On one of the hottest days in the Yukon’s short summer, a child travels down the Alaska Highway in a truck, towards a date with destiny. Jett Rudyk, a three-year-old Tlingit-Southern Tutchone child, listens as his mother tells him, “we’re having a party for you!” The Rudyk family’s destination is Klukshu Village, […]

Hiding In Plain Sight

A person, starving and homeless, will do anything to survive. But what do you trade when you have nothing to give? For women and a few men, their sexuality is all they have left. The sex trade in Whitehorse is a clandestine industry with a definite dark side. Not only is it a largely unrecognized problem, but it is far more common than people expect. Only once I had been given information about the sex trade in town did I realized how much is hidden from the public. To clarify, the sex trade itself is not a bad thing. In fact, there are some sex trade workers who are in control of their own business and are pleased with having an easy way to make good money.

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Wired

Upon its debut back in 1975, the Atari / Sears home Pong console sold 150,000 units. Last year alone the gaming industry brought in revenue totaling more than 90 billion dollars. Across the world, people spend over 3 billion hours a week immersed in their digital worlds. The popularity of video games has grown exponentially over the last four decades. They are especially popular among those in their mid-twenties to early thirties.

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