Program and component
Creating, Knowing and Sharing, Short-Term Projects
Ross River, Yukon
Field of practice
Yukon Elder Helps Community Heal Through Stories
As an Elder, Yukon artist Dennis Shorty is helping members of his community heal by sharing stories, language and his distinctive artistic techniques.
Art workshops for the next generation
Born and raised in Ross River, Yukon, Dennis Shorty is a full-time multimedia artist and member of the Kaska First Nation. He works in antler, copper, horn, wood, acrylic painting and more, honouring animals through his carvings. His work has been shown in private, national, and international art collections. Shorty has also been teaching for the past 10 years. He runs art workshops to preserve traditional knowledge, pass on his artistic practices to the next generation, and bring healing to his community.
The healing powers of art
Art and language have helped Shorty, a residential school survivor, through trauma—and now, he hopes his art workshops for community members will support them in their struggles. With his partner, Jennifer, he has taught drum-making, antler carving, wooden mask carving, copper jewellery making and acrylic painting, as well as offering drumming workshops. In 2019–20, a Canada Council grant helped ensure Shorty could continue to offer these workshops to his community.