Christine Genier

Writing Down the Soul

Anyone who has ever put pen to paper knows it can be a daunting experience. To stare at a blank page waiting for the strike of inspiration. When something is finally put down on paper, is it something others might want to read? What works? What can be done differently? Brave New Words is a …

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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 gap that transpired in the last century in Northwestern Canada, as colonization took hold in the territories. …

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Pickin’ on The Junction

In the pines, in the pines, the Kluane Mountain Bluegrass Music Festival will take place June 10, 11, and 12. It is held annually at the St. Elias Convention Centre and St. Christopher’s Log Church in beautiful Haines Junction, Yukon. The mostly volunteer-run festival is the first of many music festivals held throughout the Yukon …

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The Mother of All Portraits

When a woman is eight months pregnant, posing for a picture is not a very enticing concept. The art of portraiture is so often wrapped up in our self-esteem, and pregnancy can hit that a little hard. Along with the joy, hope and plans for the future, come a changing body, weight gain and exhaustion. …

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Native Hockey Unites Yukon

signs of spring begin early in the Yukon, long before the weather offers any indication that the harsh winter will bow out. It begins with the Sourdough Rendezvous celebrations, and the relief that comes from seeing daylight for more than five hours a day. Then there is the Yukon Native Hockey Tournament. Taking place the third …

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Truths from the Earth

Arlette Alcock is a storyteller. Her stories are hard truths told in song, unapologetic and bare. “I’m a vessel for the stories. I like the narrative. The stories are truths that come from the earth.” In her second visit to the Yukon, Alcock will be one of the featured performers at the 38th annual Skookum …

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To India with Love

Across the territory next week, various Yukon Education Week activities will take place to help raise awareness of the importance of education. The path to educational awareness in other countries, however, can be much steeper. Liesel Briggs and her daughter Rosemarie know this first-hand from their volunteer work in India and Nepal. There, the only …

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Never Not Working

Walking into Sacred Circle Wellness and Massage is an immediately relaxing experience. The walls of the one-room massage studio are painted a soft blue, the ambient music plays low, and the air is perfumed with essential oils. As soon as you walk through the door you are greeted by owner/operator Belinda Stick at the reception …

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