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, identity...

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...

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...

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...

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 working...