This year we hosted the first-ever “Northern Youth Got Talent” competition, virtually on our Facebook page. We asked for media submissions from youth all across the North, in the Yukon, NWT, and Northern BC. We noticed a gap in our events after Battle of the Bands was postponed and put our heads together to come up with a way we could celebrate the talented youth across the North in a way that was virtual – and so, the Northern Youth Got Talent competition was born.
When we first sat down to dream up what this could look like, we wanted our panel of judges to be experts from all fields, like carving, painting, dancing, music, etc. In the end we settled on three judges; Amie Charlie, who is Gwich’in and Kaska born in Inuvik, she is an advocate for youth and Indigenous rights. Jeremy Parkin is a music producer from the Kwanlin Dün First Nation in Whitehorse, he released his debut album in 2017 and is currently working on his debut album from his Hip Hop duo “LOCAL BOY” with Kelvin Smoler. Maya Rosenberg is a visual artist, born in Israel but now residing in Whitehorse, she teaches visual art workshops across the Territory.