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Featured Artist – Dene Nahjo Winter Market 2017

Raven Jewelry

Robyn McLeod is a Dehcho Dene from Deh Gah Gotie Kue (Fort Providence, Northwest Territories). Robyn is an experienced Traditional Games Facilitator through the NWT Aboriginal Sports Circle, and is currently employed with Dehcho First Nations in regional stewardship development. Robyn is an alumni with the Dechinta Bush University, which delivers accredited post-secondary programming in partnership with the University of Alberta. Robyn has extensive land-based experience; she is striving to learn and practice her Dene culture. She is currently working on a moosehide that she would like to be completed by Summer of 2018.

Featured Artist – Dene Nahjo Winter Market 2017

Haylani Apparel

Charlene, owner of Haylani Apparel, is a proud Metis/Dene woman, and a mom of 3 who started her sewing business almost two years ago. Haylani Apparel is a baby/children’s clothing line that includes rompers, dresses, headbands, beanies, caribou hide headbands and bow ties. Her passion for sewing comes with great pride and inspiration from her late Grandma Lucy who was a well known beader and seamstress.

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Haylani Apparel will be available for purchase at Dene Nahjo’s Winter Market Sunday Dec. 15 from 12pm-5pm at the Champagne Room in Yellowknife.

Winter Market – Invitation for Artists

Dene Nahjo is Seeking Northern, Indigenous Artists for the 2017 Winter Market

Dene Nahjo is looking for Indigenous artists and designers from the North to exhibit and sell their work during our 3rd annual Winter Market in Yellowknife on December 17, 2017 from 12-5 p.m.

Interested contemporary and traditional Indigenous artists are asked to submit photo examples of three pieces of quality work along with a photo and short bio about themselves and their art.

As space is limited, applications will be reviewed by a selection committee. Artwork should celebrate Indigenous culture and the land.

The deadline to apply is midnight on Tuesday November 22.

Tables will cost $60 each.

Please contact:


Photo credit: Shawna McLeod

Bush Gear Kit List

Canvas Backpack

This bag was made by my late grandmother, Julie Mackenzie. I actually don’t use this bag much because I want to save it. Canvas bags are great in cold weather.

The Always Ready To Go Bush Kit


My buddy Nina here at Dene Nahjo has been asking me for list of gear to put together for her very own bush kit. So I thought, ‘Hey let’s make it a blog post.’


So first what is a bush kit?


Well for me, I have a set of items that always come into the bush with me and when in the bush, the items almost always come with me in even the short excursions from camp. The reason is you never know what can happen in the bush and there are a couple of things that will always been useful. It might even save your life.


The number #1 most important item to me is a good knife. Everything after a knife is a bonus.


Here’s the list:


            1. Knife: A hunting appropriate knife, can be a folding blade or not, but it is important to have a knife that can take abuse.
            2. Matches: In a waterproof container or ziplock baggy.
            3. Backpack: One designated daypack sized bag. It will hold all the other items on the list. (And over the years, I have found it best to have one backpack specifically as your bush kit, because everything is always ready to go and easily stored when you are at home.)
            4. Water bottle or thermos: Water intake is super important in the bush. A well hydrated body helps you make the best decisions in the bush and dehydration can cause you all kinds of problems. Hot tea is the best alternative to plain water. 
            5. Tea bags and sugar
            6. Salt
            7. A small pot: To make tea or other things
            8. Snare wire
            9. A multi-tool
            10. A hatchet (small axe) or a machete, (the machete type of blade has become my preference over an axe.)
            11. Axe file or a good knife sharpener. (I usually have both.)
            12. A small first-aid kit
            13. Ibuprofen
            14. About 20 ft of rope



That for the most part are the essentials but in my backpack I also have these optional items:


                        1. One pair of spare socks
                        2. A dry wool t-shirt
                        3. Protein bar
                        4. Trail mix
                        5. Additional knives
                        6. GPS (I carry it but actually never use it, I found it better to just pay attention to the land and landmarks.)
                        7. Bandana
                        8. Lip Balm
                        9. Sun screen
                        10. Fish line and fish hook
                        11. Sat phone, Spot Messenger or InReach Device
                        12. Map of area
                        13. Camera (the land is beautiful and it is fun to take photos)
So I think that about does it. I almost always have my bullets for my rifle or shotgun in the backpack but that should only be in your bag if you have the proper gun/safety knowledge.
I also have found that there are a lot of items on list. It can be maybe too much stuff for your comfort level but to narrow the list, get out on the land more. Experience is the best teacher and being out on the land more will help you decide what you need or don’t need in your bush kit.


Enjoy the bush ; )

Bush gear

Bush gear