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TEYA REAR — Motivational Youth Paints YAWC Mural

Teta 1December 20th, 2019


Teya Rear, age 18, shares what inspires her to paint and 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. She has been sober for 16 months, and her goal is to make it to 2 years. She says she isn’t going to drink during the Christmas holiday, and she is staying sober on 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 an 8x8ft mural for the Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council.



 “It represents our ancestors and how they are protecting the earth and the people who live here,” Teya Rear 

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 wear moccasins, and one woman carries a baby on her back.

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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. Also, 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.”

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Story by: Shākāt Media

JANELLE RICHARDSON — MMIWG Logo Design for Tina

Janelle Richardson PictureSeptember 20th, 2020


Janelle Richardson, an artist and graphic designer specializing in digital art, shares the Yukon Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) logo she created.

Janelle was born in Whitehorse, Yukon, and is a Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation citizen. 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 and 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. In her honour, she dedicates this memorable logo to her, with whom she never had the opportunity to meet but will forever be in Janelle’s heart.

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If you are a victim of violence, a family member of MMIWG, or someone concerned about violence in your community, please contact Joy or Salena about the MMIWG Outreach Program and other services, including FILU, legal, clinical and traditional counselling, and cultural and elder supports.

Contact MMIWG Outreach Program Coordinator

Joy O'Brien, MMIWG Outreach Program Coordinator
Phone: (867) 667-6162 ext 1002 / Toll Free: 1-866-667-6162
Email: mmiwgcoordinator@yawc.ca