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2019 All-Candidates Youth Forum

On August 13, in partnership with Emily Ross and #RisingYouth Community Service Grants, we organized the first all-candidates youth debate of this 43rd election season! If you missed the debate and want to know what candidates from all five parties had to say about...

#AllIn2019 Highlights

In early June, I was invited by our local Yukon Foundation to attend the Community Foundations of Canada #AllIn2019 conference as part of the national youth delegation. The conference was hosted in the beautiful downtown area of Victoria, BC on the unsurrendered...

What the heck is #RisingYouth?

If you’ve read our last blog post or our team page, you may recognize me. If not - Hey, hi, hello! My name is Abbey and I’m the Program Assistant and Facilitator here at BYTE. Aside from having a blast with the BYTE team, facilitating workshops, organizing youth...

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...

Dreamcatchers Aboriginal Youth Conference by Calandra Roberts

BYTE is super excited to introduce Calandra Roberts, she was awarded $1500 from the BYTE Leadership Fund to go to the Dreamcatchers Aboriginal Youth Conference at MacEwan University from October 12-13. The conference had a number of cool workshops including Blanket...

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"...

Your Cheat Sheet for the Upcoming Municipal Elections

The Whitehorse Municipal election is just around the corner, on October 18. Like in any election, it can be hard to know where to find the most accurate information about the candidates, about how to vote and about why it matters so our team at BYTE has put together...

Meet our first Leadership Award Recipient!

Earlier this summer, we launched the BYTE Leadership Fund and granted our first youth leader, Nathan Muir-Cressman, an award of four hundred dollars towards attending the Training for Trainers aquafitness conference with the Canadian Aquafitness Leaders Alliance...

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, Colorado for...

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...

International Internship for Indigenous Youth

If you've been in the BYTE office lately, you might have noticed a new face at one of the desks! Brittney Potvin has joined us in the office a few days a week, acting as Program Coordinator for an internship program that is launching this year. Northern Council for...

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...