Yukon Culture

Culture Stories

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    Issue: 2017-09-13, PHOTO: Iris Kris Krueger, Wochenspiegel

    In The People’s Voice

    Ross River musician Dennis Shorty grew up in a musical family that spoke Kaska and performed at social events. Now he is sharing his love of the language through the musical duo he formed with his wife, Jennifer Froehling, is called Dena Zagi... more

    Sep 13, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-06-28, PHOTO: Courtesy of Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous

    The Heart of a Queen

    When Telek Rogan decided to run for Rendezvous Queen in the 2017 Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous competition, she did so as a celebration of who she had become. Talking with me about it, Rogan has no problem articulating the changes that have shaped her. more

    Jun 28, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-06-28, PHOTO: Courtesy of the City of Whitehorse

    Make the Most of Your Canada Day!

    Summer sun brings with it loads of visitors to the various Yukon campgrounds, especially on the long weekends. Those folks joining the campers for the Canada Day long weekend will be missing out! On July 1, Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday. more

    Jun 28, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-06-21, PHOTO: Fritz Mueller

    Celebrate First Nations Culture

    Take some time off work – that’s the only way you’ll be able to enjoy all the programming offered by the Adäka Cultural Festival this month. That’s the suggestion from Lynn Feasey, director of arts for Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism... more

    Jun 21, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-31, PHOTO: Erik Pinkerton

    Keepers of the Faith at the 98

    My great uncle Donald Leary used to tell me stories about the Yukon when I was a child. His stories were probably my favourite part of our family reunions in Roseisle, Manitoba. My mother, siblings and I used to drive there from the family farm in... more

    May 31, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-05-10, PHOTO: Association franco-yukonnaise

    Célébration de la francophonie yukonnaise

    Voilà maintenant dix ans que le gouvernement du Yukon a proclamé le 15 mai, la journée de la francophonie yukonnaise, un geste fort mettant en avant l’histoire des franco-canadiens du territoire. En effet, les premières personnes parlant français... more

    May 10, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-04-26, PHOTO: Tessa Macintosh Photography

    Take the Gwich’in Language Challenge

    Take the Gwich’in language challenge. It’s a challenge from Norman Snowshoe, the former Gwich’in Tribal Council vice president. He said, “If you learn one Gwich’in word a day, at the end of the year you’ve learned 365 Gwich’in words.” more

    Apr 26, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-03-08, PHOTO: Jessica Simon

    Arts, Culture and Creation

    “Artists show the world unseen,” says Tahltan First Nation artist Rhoda Merkel. “Teachers show students a better form of themselves.” Merkel, who was raised in Whitehorse but lives in Atlin, combines both talents in her newest project, the Sam... more

    Mar 8, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-15, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous

    Take a Midwinter Break

    Winter cold and dark got you down? Yukoners can lift their spirits and take a mid-winter break at this year's Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous. Preliminary events are already solidly underway, such as the Can Can Kick Off, which took place Feb. 9 and... more

    Feb 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-02-15, PHOTO: Laura Scott

    The Secret Life of a Can Can Dancer

    “Alright ladies, we are going on as soon as this song is over. Tallies, you’re up first. Shorties, get ready to go on right after them. I know we are all tired and looking forward to getting out of these shoes, but just keep smiling, we’re almost... more

    Feb 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-01-18, PHOTO: YFNCT/Fritz Mueller

    Calling Aboriginal Artists!

    The Yukon First Nation Culture and Tourism Association is looking for artists, artisans, musicians and performers from the Yukon and abroad to be part of the seventh annual Adäka Cultural Festival, which takes place at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural... more

    Jan 18, 2017

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    Issue: 2016-09-29, PHOTO: courtesy of Helen O'Connor

    Doors are Open for Culture Days

    The Yukon is recognized for its rich cultural diversity, and you are invited to experience it during the seventh national Culture Days and Doors Open celebration, from Friday, September 30 through to Sunday, October 2. “The best place to start... more

    Sep 29, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-25, PHOTO: courtesy of Harlan Pruden

    Questioning the World

    Harlan Pruden and Marney Paradis are PhD program at UBC. Pruden gave a talk to a group of peers – including Marney – after class once. As Pruden describe it, upon hearing the presentation, Paradis’s mind was blown. Two-Spirit People, Then and Now... more

    Aug 25, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-08-11, PHOTO: by Rick Massie

    Learning her Mom’s Language

    “Dänch'á Éh ma,” I begin the conversation with my mother in a standard Southern Tutchone greeting, uncertain and nervous about my speaking abilities. “Éyigē shrō kwäthän,” she replies. “My feelings are very good.” We are closing a generational... more

    Aug 11, 2016


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    Issue: 2016-07-21, PHOTO: courtesy of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation

    A Celebration of Tradition and Culture

    From July 28 to 31 the Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation will welcome everyone to their traditional territory. The First Nation is hosting the 13th biennial Moosehide Gathering, taking place at Moosehide Village, which is located 3 km downriver from... more

    Jul 21, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-07-21, PHOTO: Bruce Barrett

    No rest for the Wickets

    Don your best Victorian era dress and get ready to be transported back to the late 19th century for the Yukon Historical & Museums Association’s (YHMA) third annual Charity Croquet Tournament. After a successful turnout last year, YHMA will once... more

    Jul 21, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-06-16, PHOTO: by Meagan Deuling

    Come On Out To the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

    On June 21st the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Society will be hosting National Aboriginal Day at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre. The festivities are open to the public and will include games, music, food, kids activities and cultural displays... more

    Jun 16, 2016

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    Issue: 2016-03-31, PHOTO: The Japanese Canadian Association of Yukon

    Everything But the Sake

    Japan is a country that is rich in history and has made quite the presence within popular Western culture. Think ninjas, samurai warriors, cherry blossoms, sushi, anime – the list goes on. On April 2 you can experience many of the wonderful things... more

    Mar 31, 2016

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    Issue: 2015-11-12 PHOTO: Fritz Mueller

    Invitation for an Authentic Experience

    Yukon First Nations are planning ways to offer authentic cultural experiences for visitors. The plan to bolster cultural tourism among the Yukon First Nations has been in the works for a while, but this week people from across the Yukon Territory... more

    Nov 12, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-10-15 PHOTO: Cathie Archbould

    Telling Stories

    Sharon Shorty and I first met back in 2005 when I worked at the Yukon College Library with her awesome husband, Derek Yap. Sharon was born and raised in Whitehorse and is a member of the Teslin Tlingit First Nation. She is a storyteller, beader, ... more

    Oct 15, 2015

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