I met with Katie Johnson just 4 days after the final day of the Adaka Festival, and it was clear things were not really slowing down. She had just gotten out of an interview with CKRW radio in Whitehorse and was working in the Whitepass building when I came in to chat with her. Sitting at a conference table overlooking the Yukon River, Johnson filled me in on what she’s been working on, and what is next for First Nations Arts and Culture in the Yukon.
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.
Heather Dickson inspires youth to not shy away from conceiving their own ideas and believing in themselves to lead the vision forward.
Shakat Journal Editor, Paige Hopkins sits down with Yukon Regional Assembly of First Nations Chief, Kluane Adamek. With her 1st term underway as Chief, Paige tries to get to know her, her position on leadership in the North as well as her roles in the Assembly of First Nations.
Four men — Skookum Jim, Dawson Charlie, Robert Henderson and George Carmack — were inducted into the Canadian mining Hall of Fame. Their 1896 discovery of gold, at Robert Creek, set off the Klondike Gold Rush.
The first time we met Bobbi Rose was the day we set off on the River Nation: “JourneyThrough the Bloodlines” canoe trip. “What a nice, but shy girl”, we thought. However, during the two-week canoe expedition from Whitehorse to Dawson City showed that our initial impression of her was all wrong. As soon as she was on the water and in her comfort zone; Bobbi-Rose changed completely. That was when we witnessed a strong, reliable, caring, warm-hearted and commanding leader. Our trip would have been a very different experience without her expertise and guidance. What follows is just a taste of Bobbi-Rose’s story to date.
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.