Established in the year 2000, the Blue Feather Music Festival is a familiar event to Yukoners. For 17 years the festival has been wrangling many talented and well-known blues and rock performers up to the Territory.
In 1999 Eileen Vance-Duchesne published an article about Kate Carmack’s untold story in a publication entitled Our Home. Having listened to Elders explain that the true discoverer of the gold, catalyzing the Klondike gold rush, was in fact Kate Carmack and not her husband George Carmack, Eileen decided this story needed to be told. “It really tore at my heart, for a woman that was on the same journey as them, that struggled the same struggles as them , for her to not get her appropriate recognition.” When I sat down with Eileen this past month it became clear to me she has a passion for raising attention to the stories of people who are typically swept under the rug. But this hardworking woman isn’t just talking about stories from the past, she’s breathing new life into them and carrying forward stories that are happening right now while working as Executive Assistant to Chief Doris Bill.
Teagyn Vallevand stands resplendent, royally garbed in her Rendezvous regalia. She is adorned in a button blanket and a headdress. The color arrangement for these articles consists of a bold red and black. The headdress features exquisitely-beaded ornaments, and the rear of her button blanket is covered in traditional First Nations art.
The dark morning hours are reserved for athletes, working hard before the sun peeks over the horizon to whisk them away. Dave Jackson, one of Yukon’s best cyclists, is among those athletes. The category four cyclist, placed ___ in his age group at the 2017 Canada Summer Games. One does not reach this level of athleticism without grit, and the all-or-nothing will to succeed. It seems that Dave’s will to make his mark on the world was born with him. He has overcome an infinite amount of obstacles to become the strong competitor and accomplished man he is today. He lives by his hero Rocky Balboa’s quotes: “Every champion was once a contender.”
“A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away”… countless pop-culture fans have debated on which sci-fi space film franchise best represents the egregiously popular genre. That’s right, I’m talking about “Star Wars” and “Star Trek”. Ever since the release of George Lucas’s “Star Wars”, there have been countless arguments as to which of the two “Star” franchises are better, and I, Alexander “Aqualink” Gatensby, intend to find the answer. The first thing you need to know before reading on this topic, is that although on the surface, the argument might seem just like a school-ground “my dad could beat up your dad” but, I assure you that it is much more than that. And I’m no outsider to the Pop Culture Geek community; I went to the Deadpool premiere in theatres dressed up as the “Merc with a Mouth” himself.
As we pass through the tumultuous journey that is life, we constantly fight off monsters of all shapes and sizes. We are constantly plagued by feelings of depression, anger and despair. Some manage to fight them off a little easier than others, but everyone can do with a bit of help. This is why the Medallions of Hope were created. Thinking of the people who need a little more inspiration in their lives, these tokens were made for the sole purpose of helping out. In the coming weeks, a myriad of handcrafted medallions will decorate the trees by the riverfront and other places around town. Each medallion will carry this message: someone cares.
A Selective Honour On one of the hottest days in the Yukon’s short summer, a child travels down the Alaska Highway in a truck, towards a date with destiny. Jett Rudyk, a three-year-old Tlingit-Southern Tutchone child, listens as his mother tells him, “we’re having a party for you!” The Rudyk family’s destination is Klukshu Village, […]