The Forgotten Art of Moosehide Canoes

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.

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Canadian Rangers.

What do you know about the Canadian Ranger Patrol (CRP)? For some, they are the people who wear military attire and run around in the backwoods playing war games — maybe with the hopes of one day being called upon to save the country in the Canadian Armed Forces.

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Coded Language.

By Tyler Quock Poetry from the streets of Whitehorse. I have spent a lot of time on the pavement of Whitehorse, digging deep for all the different reasons one can roam these darkened places. I have heard and seen more than I would care to share or admit. I watched as the wanderers scrounged, fed […]

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Stories from the Whitehorse correctional centre.

Introduction by Dwight Snowshow. The writing workshop began the week of January 21, 2019 and finished on February 26th, 2019. It was a 5-week program that was taught through the Yukon College in partnership with ShakatClubs at the Whitehorse Correctional Centre (WCC). The workshops happened on a weekly basis every Monday and Tuesday; one class […]

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Advocacy In Bloom

When in Whitehorse, where can children and youth, or those who may have concerns about the young people in their lives, go during hard times? The youth assistance landscape in the Yukon is not so barren. For years organizations such as the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre, the Boys & Girls Club, BYTE: Empowering Youth and the Shakat Journal’s own Youth of Today Society, have been providing necessary services and support to youth at risk. One service provider in town that many may not have heard of is the Yukon Child & Youth Advocate Office which opened in 2010. This office is located in downtown Whitehorse across from the old library. The mission statement is a simple one:

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