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.
Over the past few months the Shākāt Team traveled to a number of different communities to collect stories from youth all around the territory. We were struck by their creativity and unique perspectives on life in the Yukon. Here are some of their stories.