pj johnson | Yukon Poet Laureate

From: Whitehorse, Yukon

On Canada Day, July 1st 1994, pj johnson was honoured to be invested as the first official Yukon Poet Laureate in Canada.

She considers herself foremost a storyteller upholding what it means to be a Canadian writer.

As an annual performer at the Yukon International Storytelling Festival, in 1992 she composed and produced the play “Dance of the Northern Lights” and was invited to perform it at the National Gallery of Canada and the Astrolabe Theatre in Ottawa.




within the forests

of an old

and northern nation

a lone warrior

spent with tracking

pauses in the wind

to kneel among ferns

and cast an eye

upon the print

of one so foreign

that the wisdom

of millennia

and even the bones

of his ancestors

cannot comprehend



Whitehorse is the capital and largest city of Yukon and the largest city in northern Canada. It is Yukon’s only city. Whitehorse was incorporated in 1950. Downtown and Riverdale areas occupy both shores of the Yukon River.

The city was named after the White Horse Rapids for their resemblance to the mane of a white horse, near Miles Canyon, before the river was dammed.

Whitehorse, as reported by Guinness World Records, is the city with the least air pollution in the world.

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