Edith Josie

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Edith Josie
Born (1921-12-08)December 8, 1921
Eagle, Alaska
Died January 31, 2010(2010-01-31) (aged 88)
Nationality Canadian, Gwich'in
Occupation Writer
Employer Whitehorse Star
Known for Newspaper columns about the Yukon and Old Crow
Awards Order of Canada, 1995, The National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, 2000

Edith Josie (December 8, 1921 – January 31, 2010)[1] was a Canadian writer, best known as a longtime columnist for the Whitehorse Star.[2] Her column, titled Here Are the News, concerned life in the small community of Old Crow, Yukon, and was syndicated to newspapers around the world.[2] Her writing style was noted for its offbeat smalltown charm, not always conforming to conventional notions of English grammar and spelling but instead reflective of the informal way she spoke as a non-native speaker of English:

Even now the spring has come cause it is daylight around 11 o'clock p.m. Pretty soon we won't use light for night time. Everyone glad to see plane every day. Even the same plane come in one day, they all have to go down to see what is going on and what come in on plane.[1]

A Gwich'in, Josie was born in Eagle, Alaska, and moved with her family to Old Crow at age 16.[2] She was the subject of a story, "Everybody Sure Glad," by Dora Jane Hamblin in Life magazine in 1965.[3]

In her later years, Josie contributed to a community website, oldcrow.ca.[1]

In 1995 Josie was awarded the Order of Canada.[1] The National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, now the Indspire Awards, honoured Josie for her achievements in arts in 2000.


  1. ^ a b c d Edith Josie helped bring Yukon to the world". The Globe and Mail, February 3, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c "Yukon writer Edith Josie dies". cbc.ca, February 1, 2010.
  3. ^ Life 58(20):69+, May 21, 1965

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