Our Peoples Voices
In this week’s episode of Our Peoples Voices, we feature Mrs. Edith Josie, the legendary news producer from the isolated community of Old Crow.
We see her in conversation with HaáShagoon host Roy Moses and their conversation is held in their ancestral Gwich'in language.
Edith was born in Eagle, Alaska in 1940 and soon after moved to Old Crow, where she started early on to help bring awareness to the community and living on the land reporting through her news column called Here are the News.
Old Crow's former Reverend James Simon's wife (Sarah) encouraged Edith to start writing news reports about Old Crow. In 1963 she wrote her first column for the Whitehorse Star.
She went on to write for Dawson City's "Daily News", the "Edmonton Journal" and Fairbanks "New Miner" which really put Old Crow on the map. Mrs. Josie received feedback, comments and fan letters from all around the World.
Roy Moses reminded Edith of her attendance at the Old Crow Campus of Yukon College, where she gained reading, writing and arithmetic skills.
Mrs. Josie also taught the Gwich'in language during her entire life.
Edith reminisces about the changes she witnessed since arriving in Old Crow as a child, including the first plane arriving in the community void of connecting roads. She witnessed multiple school fires and the introduction of alcohol to the Old Crow people and the impact on the small secluded community and it's peoples.
She feels strongly about usage, teaching and revitalization of the Gwich'in language, especially for the youth. Edith writes her column in English but speaks fluent Gwich'in and Han.
Roy Moses ends the episode by listening to one of Edit Josie's favourite stories to share.
Our peoples Voices is an audio adaptation of HaáShagoon, a television program produced years ago by NNBY - Northern Native Broadcasting Yukon. This segment will be rebroadcast on the CHON-FM airwaves Wednesday's at 9:00am.
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In addition, students and speakers fluent in their respective aboriginal languages gathered at the Yukon Native Language Centre in Whitehorse at the Ayamdigut Campus for a Structure and Grammar Course on Athabaskan, Tlingit, Kaska, Vuntut and Han-Gwitchin and Tutchone languages in early March, 2018.
During this time YNLC and NNBY / CHON-FM recorded 6 Yukon First Nation language presentations. Video and audio recordings were made of the aboriginal language speakers that were on site to contribute to the ongoing efforts of documentation and revitalization of Yukon Native languages through media promotion, resource development and access.
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