The Animal Mother mural in Carcross By Melia Hudgin. During the summer of 2019, Sacred Brush set out to the small community of Carcross to paint a mural telling the Tlingit story of the “Animal Mother.” The project included five youth, including three from the community of Carcross, who participated in painting the mural. […]
The Canada Day Skate Competition is a Whitehorse tradition. For over 10 years, BYTE (Bringing Youth Towards Equality) has organized the event at the Second Heaven Skate Park in Whitehorse. However, this year was an exception – the competition still took place on July 1st, but for the first time, the event went on the road and skaters of all ages flocked to the Yáan át lòon gooch (Look Out Hill) Skatepark in Carcross.
The Carcross skatepark officially opened to the public September of 2018, and has been a popular spot for territory skaters, scooter riders and BMX riders alike. The competition drew about a dozen skaters, mostly from Whitehorse as well as over 40 spectators from the community and beyond. Given the age, and dilapidated state of the Whitehorse Skatepark the change of location offered some exciting new opportunities for the skaters who travelled to the community for the event.
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. Here are some of their stories.