Category: Entrepreneurship

  • Rural Spotlight: Dennis And Jenny Shorty

    Dennis Shorty is a musician, master carver, artist, drummaker, and storyteller from Ross River. His journey into art began by observing his family’s carving traditions, evolving into a spiritual practice connecting him with his ancestors. Despite challenges faced during the Residential School years, Dennis is dedicated to revitalizing his cultural legacy. Dennis’s mission in life,…

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  • Yukonstruct at the 2023 Fireweed Market: Fostering Community Creativity and Entrepreneurship

    In the summer of 2023, Yukonstruct started a new initiative hosting a booth at the Fireweed Market in Whitehorse. This is a noteworthy milestone in the organization’s journey of community engagement and commitment to entrepreneurship and innovation. The annual summer market has traditionally served as a gathering point for farmers, artisans, creators, and entrepreneurs in…

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  • Rural Spotlight: Erin Holm

    My name is Erin Holm, I moved up to the Yukon on a whim from Saskatchewan in 2018. My corporate (9-5) is in marketing and I’m also an Indigenous Governance student at YukonU. I started Den Designs back in 2016 in memory of and in honour of my late father, Dennis (hence Den Designs). Den…

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  • Rural Spotlight: Lue Maxwell

    As a northern and rural entrepreneur, Lue Maxwell’s experience and basket of tricks include facilitating workshops and training in professional development, entrepreneurship, and well-being in mind, body, and spirit. Adding to that are customized career and life coaching, personal transformational energy coaching, and hypnotherapy. She also carves out time to create and produce a line…

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  • Rural Spotlight: Marlene Smith

    Hello, I’m Marlene Smith-Tutin, I am Aishihik from the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations. I grew up in Canyon Creek. In 2008 I graduated from the Culinary program at what was then Yukon College and have been feeding Yukers ever since. I love to be outdoors, I love animals and I love food!   You can…

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  • Community Spotlight: Daniel Blake

    Daniel Blake was raised in Tsiigehtchic and now lives in his grandmother’s home community of Old Crow. When he is not spending time with his 3yr old son Thomas, he’s working on his business. Daniel Blake Contracting does landscaping, cache clean-ups, and airport/cargo pick-ups. Stay tuned for more as he expands his service offerings! Daniel…

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  • Meet the Maker: Esa Suominen

    Esa is an Operations Assistant at Yukonstruct and you will see him around in both the Makespace and the Cospace helping out with general Yukonstruct duties! He also makes vinyl collectible characters named Mawa and he sells them online and in person at pop-ups every now and then. Esa also loves snowboarding! We have a…

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  • Meet the Maker: Robin Bishop

    Robin has been a member of Yukonstruct since she moved to the Yukon in May of 2022. Robin’s creative project, Cosmic Phantasmagoria, describes her artistic journey of exploring consciousness. She is inspired by nature, science, and spirit— this precious experience of being. Hand-painted button pins, paintings, and crochet works are what she is currently bringing…

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  • Meet the Maker: Douglas Sakamoto

    Douglas is an enthusiastic member, who moved to the Yukon about a year and a half ago and heard about Yukonstruct from friends. He got interested in Yukonstruct because he had some woodworking projects that he was saving to do once winter rolled around, and once he started going, he never stopped using the space.…

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