CBC reporter James Miller’s father, James Sr., and aunt Mary spent their first few years at Lake Laberge before the family was uprooted and moved to Whitehorse. ‘I would put it this way: I didn’t make time to reconnect with my First Nation,’ James Sr. recalled. (Submitted by James Miller Sr.) James Miller James Miller is a CBC producer based in Yukon. He was born and raised in Whitehorse and has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years. You can find him on Twitter @CBCJSMiller
This story is part of a series from CBC North looking at Canada 150 through the eyes of northern families.
Growing up, the history of my community was more than a bit murky. Bits and pieces trickled out over time.
As a member and citizen of Yukon’s Ta’an Kwäch’än First Nation, and on the occasion of Canada 150, I wanted to look back into my own family and cultural history to learn more about my place moving forward as an Indigenous person, a Yukoner, and a Canadian.
What always compelled me was that our First Nation was almost lost to history. The fact that it wasn’t is testament to the vision of a handful of individuals — including my father.
I decided to go back to Lake Laberge, the heart of our traditional territory, and talk with some of the people who helped define my culture, and therefore my identity as a Ta’an citizen. The Ta’an Kwäch’än take their name from Tàa’an Män — Lake Laberge. (Ta’an Kwach’an Council) ‘We want something for our Indians’
The Ta’an Kwäch’än take their name from Tàa’an Män — Lake Laberge.
In 1900, at the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, Chief Jim Boss (Kishxóot) recognized that a growing non-Indigenous population moving into the area threatened his people’s land and […]
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