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Here you’ll find stories through text, photos, and videos of individuals who inspire hope in what they have done and continue to do to improve the lives of Indigenous women, girls, and gender diverse people in Yukon and northern BC.
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20 December 2019
Teya Rear, age 18, shares what inspires her to paint and what keeps her on her path of sobriety.
She says her late uncle Alex encouraged her and her twin sister Angel. “Never give up on your art and keep up with your singing”, he told Teya and her sister Angel before his passing in June of 2016. Alex himself was a known Yukon Artist.
Teya says this has really pushed her to stay on the right path. To stay sober and to pick up that paintbrush again. Shehas been sober for 16 months and her goal right now is to make it to 2 years. She says she isn’t going to drink during the Christmas holiday and she is staying sober New Years’ Eve. This might be a challenge but she is dedicated, Teya will be 2 years sober in July 2020.
Teya is currently working on a mural for the Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council.
The piece is approximately 8’x 8’. “It represents our ancestors and how they are protecting the earth and the people who live here,” Teya explains to Shākāt media.
Four generations of women walk the highway that leads to Earth, which is at the centre of the mural. Bright colours fill the sky and the women are wearing moccasins and one woman carries a baby on her back.
Teya would like to add that she is grateful and appreciates everyone’s support, “I want to thank Rising Youth for funding me for this project, helping me buy all the paint and materials for this mural. Thank you to YAC (Youth Achievement Center) for sharing their space here with me, thank you to the Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council for letting me do this project for them and I want to thank my Dad Steve, for helping me get where I am today.”
The Yukon MMIWG logo was designed by Janelle Richardson, an artist and graphic designer, who specializes in digital art.
Janelle was born in Whitehorse, Yukon, and is a member of the Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation. She was part of the 60’s scoop era and has since been reunited with her birth siblings and family. She presently lives in Georgia in the U.S. with her youngest daughter.
Janelle graduated from Cooper City High and earned a certification from a technical college as well as a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. Her passion for art transforms the human experience into colourful digital compositions.
Janelle’s youngest sister Tina was one of the MMIWG of the Yukon. She dedicates this memorable logo to her, in her honour, with whom she never had the opportunity to meet, but will forever be in Janelle’s heart.