Keynote Addresses

Louise Profeit-LeBlanc

LouisePBJune 13 – Title: Evolving with Northern Spirit
10:30 | Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre

Louise will address her relationship to distance or lack of access to immediate mentors/Elders and teachers or proper resource materials are only the simple ingredients for practicing art away from your homeland. What is required is a constant remembering, increasing ones ability and ingenuity to maintain one’s culture, in order to hold onto and honour those voices, those memories, those spiritual powers of our homeland, which continue to inspire our art forms and informs us of our purpose.

About Louise
Louise is a member of the Nacho N’yak Dun First Nation from Mayo,Yukon. In 2002 she moved south with her husband and grandson to Wakefield, Quebec which became her home base, while  working in the National capital, as Aboriginal Arts coordinator for Canada Council. During her tenure she had the privilege to travel extensively meeting many Indigenous artists from across Canada and the world. This networking and collaboration was the root of her education in the field of art administration.

Laurel Parry

LaurelParryJune 14 – Perils and Purpose: forging a theatre community in the Yukon
9:30 | Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre

Laurel Parry will welcome delegates with stories about the live performing arts scene in Whitehorse as it evolved from community events in the 1970s, to the development of community and professional theatre, and our current aspirations to share our stories and talents with audiences throughout Canada and the world. School gyms, plumbing issues at the Guild Hall, community-touring fiascos, and behind-the-scenes funding debacles may be explored.

About Laurel
Laurel has had a full life in the arts, firstly as a theatre student, then as a participant and eventually working for the Yukon Government (1987) in the Recreation Department as an arts consultant. She was shown to a desk that had a typewriter, a big ashtray and a basket full of grant applications with a whopping budget of about $120,000. Since then, as Manager of the Arts for the Cultural Services Branch, Laurel works with a dedicated team to support the visual, performing and literary arts through funding and art collection programs. She is committed to the public enjoyment and appreciation of the arts.


Peter Jickling

June 15 – Prop History
9:30 | Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre

In September 2013, after Syphilis: A Love Story wrapped up the Victoria Fringe Festival, a small black stool used on stage wound up in Peter Jickling’s basement. Jickling recounts the history of this retired prop.

About Peter
Peter Jickling was born at the Whitehorse General Hospital in 1981. He began freelance writing in 2005, eventually becoming the associate editor of Up Here Magazine and the editor of What’s Up Yukon, the local free paper. In 2011, his first play Syphilis: A Love Story was produced by Ramshackle Theatre at the Guild Hall in Whitehorse. It subsequently toured to the Edmonton Fringe Festival in 2012 and both the Gabriola Theatre Festival and the Victoria Fringe Festival in 2013. It won the Best Comedy award at the latter. Jickling is a grad school dropout and a Taurus.