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Shakat Aboriginal Voice Multimedia Project- Youth of Today Society

Shakat is a bi-annual Aboriginal youth voices magazine and multimedia project. The journal provides high quality skills training and work experiences to vulnerable youth in order to build their skill set and employability in in-demand media and technology jobs while increasing self-esteem and avenues for personal expression. In the schools, artists representing Shakat would collaborate with students on topics of concern that are relevant to youth and young people in the community. Issues such as mental health, shelter facilities, access to affordable food, current policy and lawmaking, substance abuse, cultural practices and reconciliation are among topics students might want to raise their voice about. Students will create a work of art or writing piece to be presented in the Shakat project.

Grade Suitability:


Maximum Class Size:

50 students

Time Required:

1-3 days time required with option for extended program.

Material Required:

Materials can be provided if not available in school.

Material Cost:

Material cost to be determined.

Language of Instruction:




Youth of Today Society

The Youth of Today Society (YOTS) is a non-profit society devoted to strengthening the lives of Yukon youth. The Youth of Today Society provides support, advocacy, information and training opportunities to the Yukon’s most disenfranchised young persons. Centered in Whitehorse, YOTS assists youth and young people between the ages of 15 and 24 from all over the territory through a variety of services.  Programs at the Youth Centre range from a feeding program to career training in diverse fields such as graphics, sign-making and musical recordings. Youth come to the centre to discover interests, receive mentoring and counseling and connect to other community supports.

Program Instructors:
Ali Khoda
I have been in an experiment with visual arts for about 18 years. I’ve always used art as an element to crystallize my thoughts, as a healthy escape from unfortunate realities, to meditate, etc. Art has been a motivating factor to study more, gain ideas and perspectives from different individuals and different times, and to earn the inspiration it takes to create a body of work. My start came through calligraphy and drawing. Later I was exposed to different mediums such as watercolour, acrylic, spray paint (murals), wood and clay. What art has brought to me is a gift and I would like to express my appreciation through sharing with children of all ages - the good its done for me will live on through generations. What better than a mural to start with?

Katherine LeBlanc
I am a travelling artist and teacher who has taken an extended interest in the Yukon and its culturally and socially diverse community. After studying art and education at Brock University in Ontario I have travelled through Canada and other countries teaching children of all ages Visual Art and Music alongside life and language skills.
As a Visual artist the majority of work I do is with paint. Whether it’s a small scale canvas or a large mural I think a successful work of art is a raw representation of the artist’s, thoughts, emotions, actions or opinions. As a teacher I try to model inquiry and self assessment in order to regain a natural state of inquisition and provide students with the tools to form their own answers. I place an emphasis on authentic products with a specific audience.

Daniel Benjamin Gribben
I am part of the Tahltan First Nation from Northern British Columbia. I have lived in the Yukon since September of 2001. I’ve experimented with different drawing styles off and on until 2004, when I started creating a graphic novel idea of my own called “The Breed.” It’s filled with a variation of animalistic creatures, anarchy and nonstop action. In May of 2007, I began to practice First Nation’s painting, designing, carving and writing at NCES, the local carving studio, formerly known as Sundog. I have been a carver for over eight years now and in that time I’ve created masks, panels, plaques, bent wood boxes, head dresses and regalia, along with most of the First Nation’s spiritual animals. I’ve also been a part of a couple different carving projects such as a dugout canoe and a healing totem that our carving team made for the KDCC, Kwanlin-Dun Cultural Center.
When it comes to art I believe that anything you put your heart, mind and soul into, that also brings you peace and joy, is an art form in itself. When possible, artists need to pass on the knowledge they have learned to the next generation. Being an artist isn’t about trying to be better than the rest, it’s about trying to pass on as much as you can so that our culture and everyone’s culture continues to be strong.



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