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Vuntut Gwich’in First Nation

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Vuntut Gwitchin is the name of people who live in the settlement of Old Crow, Yukon. The name in the Gwich'in language means "people of the lakes". Old Crow is the northernmost Yukon community, located 128 km (80 miles) north of the Arctic Circle at the confluence of the Crow and Porcupine Rivers.


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Allan Benjamin Old Crow Cartoonist

Shoo’ii and Sheek’aii cartoons and poems. These new characters will appear in Gwich’in and English. Whenever you see Shoo’ii and Sheek’all you can always be treated to a Gwich’in poem or Allan will simply have some vocabulary to share with you. more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-06-27, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon College

Burning one litre of diesel fuel produces about 2.7 kilograms of carbon dioxide. So, for example, Grise Fiord (Ausuittuq), a community of 150 located on the southern shore of Ellesmere Island, in Nunavut, is dependent on burning diesel to provide... more

Yukon Education

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Issue: 2018-04-11, CARTOON: Allan Benjamin

Jidii Zraii – Black Jidii Dagaii - White Jidii Ditsik - Red Jidii Vee - Grey more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2018-02-28, PHOTO: courtesy of Yukon College

Yukon College student Cheyenne Bradley is taking a few minutes between work and class to look after 30,000 newborns. “Sometimes I call them my babies — we get them when they’re eggs and we basically raise them,” she said... more

Yukon Education

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Issue: 2018-01-31, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

Ke’ehdài’ Goginjik. Words of Yesterday. Juk drin gatr’igiikhii. Spoken today. more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2016-02-25, PHOTO: Dan Davidson

This week shaped up to be a culturally ambitious one in Dawson City. The centerpiece of the week has been the Myth and Medium conference organized by the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in’s Heritage Department and focusing on the performing arts. It’s not too... more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2016-01-21, Cartoon: Allan Benjamin

WHEN I MENTION MY GYM IT DOESN’T HAVE A BASKETBALL RIM. MY GYM IS THE GREAT OUTDOORS I SHARE IT WITH ANIMALS ON ALL FOURS. more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2015-11-05 PHOTO: Robert Postma

Climate change in the North makes many changes to the growth of our plants, and confuses our animals with more wind, rain and fog. It also affects the river levels. They are constantly rising and dropping, resulting in fishnets needing to be taken... more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2015-10-08 PHOTO: courtesy of Dr. Xiu-Mei Zhang

It’s been a month and a half since the Traditional Chinese Medical practitioner Jim Zheng passed away. Those who he helped will remember him fondly, and those who depended on him to help manage ailments will be wondering how to manage the void he... more

Yukon People

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Issue: 2015-07-23 PHOTO: Allan Benjamin

SHE WAS AS TOUGH AS ROCKS MY GREAT GRANDMA MARGARET BLACKFOX. SHE WAS THE TOUGHEST GWICHIN ‘CAUSE ANY RACE SHE CAN WIN. DIDOO DOESN’T LIKE TO SIT THAT’S HOW COME SHE’S FIT. more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2015-06-11 PHOTO: Allan Benjamin

WINTER IS FINALLY GONE IT’S GREAT TO SEE A SWAN. IT’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR WHEN WE’LL SEE A BEAR. IT’S NICE TO SEE THE BIRDS AND THE CARIBOU HERDS. more

Old Crow

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Issue: 2015-04-02 PHOTO: Allan Benjamin

Gwichin lived a nomadic life using stone axe an’ bone knife. They lived in caribou skin tents an’ Gwichins made caribou fence. In winter they ran on snowshoes In summer they paddled rat canoes. more

Old Crow

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June 2014

As an Elder, I learned from my past Elders; as a Gwitchin, I live along with the season. Porcupine Caribou is our main source of food more

Old Crow

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Photo by Robert Postma

As a Gwich’in child I lived a nomadic lifestyle in the Northwest Territories since a child. My parents were elderly, truly living with the season. The only life they know which naturally were passed on. more

Old Crow

Tammy Lee Josie was literally pushed onto the stage at 14 years old. She was watching her grandmother, Edith Josie, perform her family's Vuntut Gwitchin stories at the Yukon International Storytelling Festival in 1998 when festival coordinator Louise more

Yukon Culture

At the risk of losing my passport, and the friendship of obsessives such as George Maratos, I confess: my all-Canadian heart has never skipped a beat over the great Canadian pastime. I don't love hockey. I don't hate hockey ... more

Yukon Active

A close look at goths who ride Winnipeg buses, an animation about Yukon sledding, and films about climate change will appear among more than 100 short films that will screen in Dawson City from April 21 to 24 more

Photography - Film

Who among us hasn't, at one time or another, gazed upon a bird in flight and marvelled at it ... or even wondered what it would be like to fly? Ducks Unlimited calls us to do more than just wonder ... more

Yukon Wildlife

The big day was November fourth, when the Olympic Torch came North. It came up to Old Crow, where the torch did glow. Showshoeing is my traditional sport, so I carried the torch from the airport. more

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