To kick off the Sacred Brush mural project, the youth headed to Inuvik to paint a long-awaited mural on the walls of the The Kiosk located in the Jim Koe Park right in the central part of the town. The design included an inukshuk, a beautiful winter scene with the silhouettes of spruce trees along with caribou, a beluga whale and some hunters. One of the very cool features of this mural is the butterfly wings painted largely on the wall, allowing the mural to have interaction with the community in a way that is modern and beautiful! It was a lovely experience with some younger kids with unmatched enthusiasm who helped with the mural. Watching them learn and get into a creative outlet was fantastic.
This is a topic that should never be taken lightly. It effect us all on a national level, as well as local. For a long time this issue has been swept under the rug, but no more. Since the early eighties, woman across the nation have been going missing along a now notorious B.C. Highway that we know today as the Highway of Tears. Even to this day some of these women, have not been found. Families have been torn apart, because of this issue that has been plaguing our country. While most of us are conditioned to believe the core of the issue is racism against aboriginal women, the problem is much more complex and interwoven with bias than most are willing to confront.
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.
Shakat Journal sat down with Jeremy Parkin, local Whitehorse musician, and member of Local Boy, before he played the Adaka Festival. We talk metal, DIY ethic, trail mix and corporate gigs.
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.
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.
Heather Dickson inspires youth to not shy away from conceiving their own ideas and believing in themselves to lead the vision forward.