Stories of community and connection in the North.
‘What Ties Us Together’: Finding Family Across Decades of Separation
By Isaac Wurmann
The last time Karrie Wurmann visited Carcross, Yukon, was in 1994. That was the first time she visited since she was a child, and also the first time she met her biological family — she was adopted when she was only 10 months old. Today, she has heard the stories of other Indigenous adoptees like her and recognizes that she was part of what is known as the Sixties Scoop.
Náakw: herbalism in bloom
By Levi Garber and Katherine Lissitsa
Donna Wolfe is searching for plants. Specific ones. Today, it’s goldenrod, strawberry bushes and red elder: traditional herbal medicines for treating skin ailments.
Healing people, healing the land: the stewards of Carcross/Tagish First Nation
By Lisa Johnson and Maddy Lines
On a mountainside clearing near the babbling Chooutla Creek, David Wally sprinkles tobacco into a small fire. The area was once home to the Chooutla Indian Residential School, and the tobacco is an offering of thanks. “We're here with good energy.”
The 21st Century Klondike: a new mining legacy
by Caroline Mercer and Dana Hatherly
About 120 years after the height of the Klondike gold rush, prospectors like Goldcorp, the fifth-largest mining company in the world, are still digging for gold. First Nations and mining giants are trying to navigate the corporate consultation process outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Re-catching culture: Why traditional salmon harvesting is a struggle for Yukon First Nations
By Keira Kowalski and Reina Cowan
For the first time in two years, Dorothy Sam and her partner Jeff Glaeser have set up nets in the fast flowing Yukon River. The chinook salmon population has plummeted and the reason why is a mystery.
Delmar Washington: A story of entrepreneurship in the north
By Cat Kelly
Delmar Washington is usually in the pilot seat of one of his helicopters. “I’m not a businessman who owns a helicopter business,” he says. “I’m a helicopter pilot who owns a business.”
By Julia Moran, Adam van der Zwan and Shanice Pereira
In Ronnie Young's Kaska First Nation, two-spirit people were seen as special members of society. So what happens when you're excluded from the narrative? If you're Ronnie, you find ways to express yourself and cope.
‘Humour can heal’
by Lauren Hicks and Astara Van Der Jagt
Sharon Shorty’s childhood was full of laughter. Her Gramma Carrie told traditional Tlingit stories and had a knack for making anything funny. With Shorty, the laughter continues.
A foundation for the future: inside the tiny homes building opportunity for Yukon First Nations
By Olivia Robinson and Raisa Patel
Nelson Lepine wanted to create opportunities for his community through an innovative construction-based project. Now these tiny homes are having a big effect.
Trapped: the challenges of fur in a modern Yukon
By Madison Ranta
Traditionally furs were used to keep warm during long winter months, as well as bartering chips to trade for items such as axes and kettles. But as times have changed, so too has the role of trapping in the lives of some First Nations people in the Yukon.
By Katie Jacobs
As Indigenous people reclaim their culture, the art and practice of making a dugout canoe and carrying out their traditional canoe trips are helping elders and youth connect to their land and ancestors.