Salaam, Aloha, Bon Voyage, and more

The only constant in life is change and the BYTE office sure has been changing it up and preparing for more these past three weeks with one staff on maternity leave, another departing in June, and yet another transitioning to being a full-time counselor. Part of these...

“Sushi Rolls Not Gender Roles”

Last fall, we were able to help two young people attend the Bridging Gender Divides conference through our BYTE Leadership Fund. After taking some time to reflect, one participant sat down with us to share some of their insights.   Q. In your opinion, what are gender...

Bridging Gender Divides Conference

Our third recipient of the BYTE Leadership Fund attended the Bridging Gender Divides conference at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre on September 20 to 22 and kindly agreed to reflect on the experience for our blog - please enjoy!  "Bridging the Gender Divides"...

Yukon Youth Spotlight: Tamika Knutson

“I’m sorry for the noise - I find I talk more openly when I’m working on an art piece” Tamika Knutson says from her studio in her hometown of Dawson City. She was finishing a commissioned jewellery piece before leaving the next day to spend a week in Aspen,...

2018 Canada Day Skate Comp Roundup

Another one bites the dust! As always, the 7th Annual Canada Day Skate Comp was one for the books, and we got to team up in partnership with our pals at Skate for Life Alliance. The weather was looking a little stormy for a second there, but Mama Nature decided to...

Identity and the Complexities of ‘Passing’

Ethnicity and how the world perceives you don't always go together. When you’re not white, but you look white, it’s easy to feel like an ‘other’. This year for the theme of our Leaders in Training conference we chose ‘identity’. For some, like myself,...

On Panic Attacks and Asking for Help

I was 22 and sitting in a tuk-tuk in Cambodia on my way back to the hotel after spending the day at The Killing Fields and Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum. The day had been heavy, filled with heart-wrenching images and stories of suffering. I was emotional but I was...

BYTE/Canadian Roots Exchange Roundup

Somehow it's already over! The Saskatoon crew boarded their plane home this morning after five days of exploring the Whitehorse area. Canadian Roots Exchange aims to to bring two groups of young Indigenous and non-Indigenous people together in solidarity to build...

Yukon Youth Spotlight: Josiah Jakesta

Josiah Jakesta, at 17 years old, has the wisdom, patience and soul of someone much older. Hailing from the Tahltan and Kaska nations, Josiah has spent most of his life dividing time between Watson Lake, Whitehorse and Dease Lake. He spends his summers on his family...

2018 Battle of the Bands Roundup!

Last Thursday night, 8 performers under the age of 30 took to the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous stage in the Ice Wireless Performance tent to compete in the 2018 BYTE Battle of the Bands and one thing is for sure, the judges had their work cut out for them! With sets by...

The African Diaspora-What is it?

The African diaspora refers to the many communities of people of African descent dispersed throughout the world as a result of historic movements. The majority of African dispersal resulted from the Arab and Atlantic slave trades - the largest forced migrations in...

Daughters of the Vote

Out of place. That’s how I felt at the Daughters of the Vote reception in the MacBride museum. For the first 15 minutes all I could think about was if anyone else could smell the McChicken burger on my breath that I had guzzled on my way there, or that I had no idea...

Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday is a national movement that started a few years ago to kick-off the giving season. After two big shopping and spending days (Black Friday and Cyber Monday), Giving Tuesday is a time to celebrate giving, volunteering and rallying for our favourite...

Yukon Youth Spotlight: Teagyn Vallevand

Teagyn Vallevand, at 21 years old, has been making quite a name for herself in the Yukon. A member of the Kwanlin Dun First Nation, she has been an active part of her community since graduating high school. She works in Larry Bagnell’s office part time and is...