Sahtu Youth Network connects residents through a COVID-19 photo contest

(Photo courtesy of the Jessie Yakeleya.)

The Sahtu Youth Network (SYN) is holding a photo contest to bring youth together to talk about their feelings and how they are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The contest is an opportunity to teach important digital and media literacy skills,” said Sahtu Renewable Resources Board’s Research Coordinator , Jessie Yakeleya.

Yakeleya says the submitted videos and pictures are a way to encourage residents to share their knowledge with others and a way to connect people around the Sahtu region during the pandemic.

“Pictures and videos submitted could include teaching others skills such as stacking wood, setting a snare, drilling a hole in the ice to fish, beading, sewing or collecting spruce gum,” Yakeleya said.

Yakeleya says participants will be separated into two categories. The grand prize winner will receive an IPad to “encourage further digital literacy and learning.”

Yakeleya says submissions should include a minimum 150-word answer to these three questions:

  1. What does this photo mean to you?
  2. What do you like about this photo?
  3. What your experience has been like during the COVID-19 pandemic?

She is encouraging people who wish to enter the contest to post a photo on social media with the hashtag #SYNSAHTUSTRONG or by emailing them to

The deadline to enter is midnight on April 24.

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Arthur C. Green
Arthur C. Green is from Whitbourne Newfoundland and graduated from the CNA Journalism Program. Arthur also studied Business Marketing and Political Science at Memorial University in Essex England and St. John's Newfoundland. Green has worked as a spot news photographer/journalist with such news organizations as Vista-radio, CBC, CBC Radio, NTV, Saltwire and Postmedia in Alberta.