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Story Laureate of Yukon

The Story Laureate of Yukon serves as an ambassador for the literary arts, oral history and literacy in the context of Yukon’s past, present and future. As an ambassador, the Story Laureate of Yukon is invited to attend Yukon events to publicly share works. The Story Laureate creates work and focuses on cultural, historical, and heritage themes that are relevant to the people who live in Yukon.

Apply to be the Story Laureate of Yukon

  1. Download and fill out the application form.
  2. Submit your application:
    Email: nominations@yukon.ca with the subject line Story Laureate of Yukon – yourfirstname_lastname
    Mail: Story Laureate of Yukon
    Office of the Commissioner of Yukon
    412 Main St
    Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2B7

Deadline: August 21, 2022, at 4:30 p.m.

Role and responsibilities

The Story Laureate of Yukon will:

  • serve as an ambassador for Yukon literary arts, oral history, and literacy;
  • produce 4 original works for specific occasions or with specific themes as identified by the Commissioner each year;
  • create written or oral artistic work that reflects Yukon places, sites, identity, and/or the life of the territory; and
  • appear and present original works at 2 public events as supported or identified by the Office of the Commissioner.

The Story Laureate of Yukon will receive:

  • the laureate title to champion Yukon literacy and the written and spoken word with their word-art;
  • a stipend of $5,000 per year for a two-year term; and
  • annual travel* expenses of up to $3,000 to support travel to:
    • Yukon communities to support public presentations as identified by the Commissioner; and
    • attend one national literary festival per year.

*Subject to recommendations of the federal and Yukon Chief Medical Officers during COVID-19

Selection process

Applications are assessed on:

  • experience or body of work in literary arts or spoken word/storytelling;
  • presence, presentation, performance in the video;
  • written application;
  • interview; and
  • references.

 
Length of term

The term will run for 2 years from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2022.

Contact

For questions about the Story Laureate position or process, contact
Kerri Scholz at kerri.scholz@yukon.ca or 867-667-5121.



Yukon Service Pin

This pin is:

To recognize the people in and/ or from Yukon who have served or are serving in the military or as a first responder. Must be a living person to receive.

A first responder includes:

  • paramedics;
  • emergency medical technicians;
  • police officers (RCMP or other);
  • firefighters;
  • rescuers; and
  • correction officers

Military includes:

All branches of the Canadian military, including the Canadian Rangers.

Criteria for the Yukon Service Pin

You must:

  • be a Canadian citizen who has served or is serving in the military or as a first responder and was/is based in Yukon ; or
  • be born in Yukon and has served or is serving in the military or as a first responder inside or outside of Yukon; or
  • be a Yukon resident and has served or is serving in the military or as a first responder inside or outside of Yukon.

You can only receive the pin once and you have to apply to receive it. This pin is for retired or active members of the military or first responder as defined above. 

Apply for the Yukon Service Pin

  1. Download and fill out the application form
  2. Submit your application and checklist:
    Email: nominations@yukon.ca
    Mail: Office of the Commissioner of Yukon
    412 Main St
    Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2B7 
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