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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...

BYTE’s Recommended Podcasts!

Podcasts have been around to some extent since the beginning of time (or the beginning of the Internet, but like, same thing), admittedly not quite at the same level as today’s offerings. The humble podcast of the early 2000’s has evolved into a horse of an...

Exploring Reconciliation On the Land

When reflecting on relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, I am faced with a LOT of questions. What does reconciliation really mean? Is it just this pretty word that is tossed around a lot in Canadian politics? Can a person of European settler...

Welcome to our new Community Outreach Manager, Zoé!

  The BYTE team is happy to add another new member to the mix! Zoé comes to us from Halifax by way of Ottawa, where she studied Health Promotion at Dalhousie University. She most recently worked at Shelter Nova Scotia and was involved in a Canadian Roots Exchange,...

Yukon Youth Spotlight: Liam Campbell

When Liam Campbell researched volunteer organizations, he had a few things in mind. He wanted to find a grassroots organization, he wanted to volunteer teaching English as a second language, and he wanted to find a website with pictures clearly taken by an "old dude...

Canada Day Skate Comp 2017 Roundup!

Photo credit to Tom Patrick/Yukon News.Another year, another epic Skate Comp! We may have gotten rained out on Saturday, but Sunday's event definitely didn't disappoint. All 7 bands were able to make it, we had some amazing skaters compete and 2 pro-skaters from LRG...

Meet Hana, BYTE’s newest staff member!

We are pumped to welcome our newest Community Outreach Coordinator Hana Val to our team! She's always available to provide fuzzy socks and great travel stories whenever we need them. In the short time she's been here, she's made us crack up many times and we couldn't...

Fentanyl Fast Facts

I spend my summers in Whitehorse, but during the year I live in Vancouver. On my daily commute to school the #3 bus takes me through the Downtown Eastside, an area infamous for its drug use among residents. Recently this corner of the city has been making headlines...

Byte ConneX Speaker Series: Flipping the Script

Last Tuesday, May 16th, we gathered at Baked Café as part of the Sexualized Assault Prevention Month in partnership with Victoria Faulkner’s Women Centre and Les EssentiELLES. Over cinnamon chai lattes and clips of How I Met Your Mother we opened up the...

BYTE welcomes STEP student Emily to the team!

We're super stoked to have Emily join us at BYTE's STEP student for the summer! Emily, who's studying Communications at Capilano University in Vancouver, will be focusing on BYTE's marketing and communications strategies, as well as revamping our social media...