On National Indigenous Day—the first to be a statutory holiday in the Yukon—there was a bannock bake-off in a tent behind the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre.
Two of the students from Stories North participated in the challenge against several Indigenous women and one Indigenous man.
Click through the gallery to see how it went.
“Every time, there’s not enough chips,” said Wayne Price, master carver of the Healing Totem Project at the opening ceremonies of Whitehorse’s first National Indigenous Day as a statutory holiday.
The crowd gathered around the totem pole that Price and a group of about 20 carvers created in 2013. Price said each chip represents one person. The chips were ceremonially burned and a portion of the ashes is inside the totem pole.
Community members carried the pole seven blocks through Whitehorse to of Main Street. It serves as a reminder of hope for the future.