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.
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.
Shakat Journal Editor, Paige Hopkins sits down with Yukon Regional Assembly of First Nations Chief, Kluane Adamek. With her 1st term underway as Chief, Paige tries to get to know her, her position on leadership in the North as well as her roles in the Assembly of First Nations.
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.