“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...

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...

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...

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...

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...