The Canada Day Skate Competition

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.

Yukon Native Hockey Tournament

“We used to play a lot of hockey back then, because that was all the sport we had during the long winter months,” says William Carlick describing his early days in sport at the Lower Post Residential School in northern British Columbia. Now he is the Elder Rep for Team North in the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships (NAHC), and he could not be happier that Whitehorse hosted the 2019 event.

Yukon Heliski Indigenous Youth Camp.

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.

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RiverNation – Journey Through The Bloodlines

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.