Yukon Culture

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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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    Issue: 2015-08-27 PHOTO: Winnifred Peterson

    Water under Moss

    My favourite childhood memories are when Mom would take us to Fish Lake, just a few miles out of Whitehorse. We spent our summers there along with several other families during the 1950s. Though the summers at Fish Lake were my favourite times, ... more

    Aug 27, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-06-11 PHOTO: courtesy Champagne and Aishihik First Nation

    Drumming Festival Will Wake Up the Land

    “You feel it to your core; it is a heartbeat; so uplifting; it just goes right through me.” Steve Smith, the chief of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, is trying to explain what drumming means to him and his First Nation. “It was dormant... more

    Jun 11, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-06-04 PHOTO: Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian

    Ancestral Ways

    Juanita Growing Thunder-Fogarty lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in the tiny community of North San Juan, on the same property her paternal ancestors settled during the California Gold Rush of 1849. But her heart is... more

    Jun 4, 2015

  • First Nations Share Through Fashion

    It’s her first day on the job and Chantal Rondeau is starting with a list of the Yukon’s 14 First Nations. “I cross them off when I get a piece of their clothing on the runway,” she says. The producer of the Adäka Fashion Show, the splashy finale... more

    Jun 4, 2015

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    Issue: 2015-03-05 PHOTO: courtesy of Jamie Sachi Richardson

    Behind The Scenes Of Canada’s Bilingual Heritage

    In mid-January, I was given the opportunity to coordinate Je parle français And I Love in English, 2015, a theatrical performance written by and for Francophone women that will be presented this weekend, March 6 and 7, at the Old Fire Hall. more

    Mar 5, 2015

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    Gunalchéesh for your Love and Support

    Marilyn Jensen was inspired to start a dance group after finishing her master’s degree at the University of Victoria. She studied Indigenous governance, and said she was surrounded by people who were connecting with their culture, language, tradition more

    Dec 24, 2014

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