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.
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.
Shakat’s team was at REM again! This time we turned the classroom into a movie set and produced a short commercial of an Eject-a-bed, a device that helps people get out of bed in the morning. Additionally, we interviewed a few individuals and created a documentary about REM. We also plunged into the fascinating world of vlogging and youtubing. It was such a pleasure and an honour to be the part of 2019 Senior REM!
When you think of the north, sports like hockey and curling may be the first that come to mind, but to anyone that lives in the Yukon it is pretty clear that basketball is serious business. When it comes to ball, Trevor Jones of the Champagne Aishihik First Nation does not mess around.
The Yukon River Quest is on! The 21st annual river race began June 26th at Rotary Park with a record 124 teams and 290 paddlers!
Paradise Electronic Music Festival now in its 14th year and like any growing entity is seeking volunteers to help make it the best one yet.
We live on wheels.In today’s society, the struggle for status, freedom and financial stability causes many to live life waiting for the next pay cheque. We constantly find ourselves swimming through our gift of this experience in what feels like we’ll never reach shore; debt has become so common from the expenses of life, often keeping us tied to the hamster wheel we believe will free us. This has caused many to make large investments of their life on the societal constructs of stability for the sake of comfort. What if we were willing to step out of our comfort zone to try an alternative option, helping us transcend past the construct of our society that has been imposed on us? There has been an increasing amount of popularity in alternative lifestyles emerging as a way to explore other options. One very intriguing example of this is living out of a van, whether parked or on the move. The people who choose this way to live can use it as a way of simplifying, saving, or traveling, depending on the way they shape it and what drives them to try it.