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Winnifred Peterson

Winnie Peterson

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Winnifred Peterson is a born and raised Yukoner whose mother was her greatest role model and teacher. She has written some of her life experiences for storytelling, publishing and a Christmas story for narration at the Yukon Arts Center. She is semi-retired and writes short stories for live audiences, radio and recordings. 

Winnie has also taken part, along with several family members, in a performance of a traditional story her daughter, Sharon Shorty, wrote for the International Storytelling Festival. Winnie is a great-grandmother who is leaving a written legacy for her grandchildren.


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Issue: 2015-08-27 PHOTO: Winnifred Peterson

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 12:00 AM Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2015-08-20 PHOTO: Winnifred Peterson

In the summer of 2002, a friend and I were travelling back from Haines, Alaska to Whitehorse. A few miles before Haines Junction we noticed several cars stopped on the highway. I thought there must be an animal by the road that had attracted ... more

Aug 20, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Hunting - Fishing

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Image: James S. Shorty

I have been on an ad hoc personal journey to find my father’s heritage for several years. He passed away when I was only about six-and-a-half years of age. What I know about him I know from my mother and from older siblings from his first and second more

Jan 21, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon History

It was December sometime in the mid-1950s. I was in the Baptist Mission School here in Whitehorse. Behind the fenced-in grounds of the school were several long buildings that were once used by the army. There also was the Army Theatre where we would more

Dec 17, 2014 12:00 AM Yukon Archives

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Artwork: James S. Shorty

It was the Christmas season in 2005 in Whitehorse and my two great-grandsons, Dakota and his younger brother Garrison, were visiting us during their Vancouver school break. Because my late partner, John, and I had a trip planned to travel down the more

Dec 3, 2014 12:00 AM Yukon Culture