"I am the daughter of a Yukon trapper from a northern hunter/gathering culture who has chosen to adopt a meatless diet. A plant-based diet is much healthier, better for the planet, and does not harm animals."
- PJ Yukon Poet Laureate
 

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Read more: https://www.yukonpoetlaureate.com/pj-johnson-animal-advocate/
"I am the daughter of a Yukon trapper from a northern hunter/gathering culture who has chosen to adopt a meatless diet. A plant-based diet is much healthier, better for the planet, and does not harm animals."
- PJ Yukon Poet Laureate
 

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Read more: https://www.yukonpoetlaureate.com/pj-johnson-animal-advocate/

"I am the daughter of a Yukon trapper from a northern hunter/gathering culture who has chosen to adopt a meatless diet. A plant-based diet is much healthier, better for the planet, and does not harm animals."

- PJ Yukon Poet Laureate


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Friday April 29 2022 is National Arbor day ~ take a deep breath and thank a tree!  I share the following poem in honour of trees everywhere!
 
"i lit my first smoke" - A true story.   #trees #LungsOfTheEarth #CommitToQuit
 

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My new poem "dogs are someone" promotes the recognition of all animals as sentient beings. In order to gain meaningful legislation to protect them animals must be recognized as someone rather than something under the law. We need more effective laws to protect our nonhuman brothers and sisters.

 

dogs are someone  ©pjjohnsonYukon February 15th 2022

 

Pronouns: He/Him She/Her They/Them

 

dogs are someone

not something

 

treat them like family

because they are

greet them like company

because they matter

connect with them

because they love to feel connected

 

share your joy with them

because they understand it

share your tears with them

because they care

thank them for enriching your life

because they do

 

touch them

because they are sentient beings

dance with them

because dogs love to play

sing to them

because the sound of your voice is magic

 

feed them well

because they deserve it

tell them you love them

because you can

allow them to run freely

because freedom makes the heart soar

 

talk to them

because sometimes dogs get lonely

walk with them

because footprints matter

respect their ways

because dogs will always be dogs

 

but most of all

 

treasure them

because moments make memories

and memories can last forever

but your dog cannot

because one day

god will want them back

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Read more: https://www.yukonpoetlaureate.com/poems-by-pjj/

dogs are someone  ©pjjohnsonYukon February 15th 2022

 

Pronouns: He/Him She/Her They/Them

 

dogs are someone

not something

 

treat them like family

because they are

greet them like company

because they matter

connect with them

because they love to feel connected

 

share your joy with them

because they understand it

share your tears with them

because they care

thank them for enriching your life

because they do

 

touch them

because they are sentient beings

dance with them

because dogs love to play

sing to them

because the sound of your voice is magic

 

feed them well

because they deserve it

tell them you love them

because you can

allow them to run freely

because freedom makes the heart soar

 

talk to them

because sometimes dogs get lonely

walk with them

because footprints matter

respect their ways

because dogs will always be dogs

 

but most of all

 

treasure them

because moments make memories

and memories can last forever

but your dog cannot

because one day

god will want them back

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Read more: https://www.yukonpoetlaureate.com/poems-by-pjj/

dogs are someone  ©pjjohnsonYukon February 15th 2022

 

Pronouns: He/Him She/Her They/Them

 

dogs are someone

not something

 

treat them like family

because they are

greet them like company

because they matter

connect with them

because they love to feel connected

 

share your joy with them

because they understand it

share your tears with them

because they care

thank them for enriching your life

because they do

 

touch them

because they are sentient beings

dance with them

because dogs love to play

sing to them

because the sound of your voice is magic

 

feed them well

because they deserve it

tell them you love them

because you can

allow them to run freely

because freedom makes the heart soar

 

talk to them

because sometimes dogs get lonely

walk with them

because footprints matter

respect their ways

because dogs will always be dogs

 

but most of all

 

treasure them

because moments make memories

and memories can last forever

but your dog cannot

because one day

god will want them back

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March 25 2022: Honoured to have had my poem "because i am a sled dog" translated into Farci (Persian) and featured on the “A Poetic Nowruz-2” program on Ottawa Persian Radio on March 20th 2022. My poem "because i am a sled dog" has been published and translated into several languages including English, Italian, Welsh, Polish, Bengali, and now Farci (Persian).

 
 

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March 17 2022: My poem "because i am a sled dog" will be featured and translated into Farci (Persian) on the “A Poetic Nowruz-2” program on Ottawa Persian Radio March 20th at 4:00 PM ET.  *"because i am a sled dog" has been published around the world and translated into several languages including English, Italian, Welsh, Polish, Bengali, and now Farci (Persian). https://persianradio.net/poets/

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March 17 2022: My poem "because i am a sled dog" will be featured and translated into Farci (Persian) on the “A Poetic Nowruz-2” program on Ottawa Persian Radio March 20th at 4:00 PM ET.  *"because i am a sled dog" has been published around the world and translated into several languages including English, Italian, Welsh, Polish, Bengali, and now Farci (Persian). https://persianradio.net/poets/

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February 26 2022: So once again the Yukon Quest is over and once again American Iditarod musher Brent Sass won the race. Again. Apparently this is Brent’s second Quest victory this year, finishing first on the Yukon Quest 550 held in Alaska two weeks ago. I think this is his fourth or fifth time congratulating himself as winner. Honestly I don't know why they call it the Yukon Quest since most of the mushers are American. They should just rename the race the Yukon/Iditarod Death Race since the mushers are mainly American and at least 40 sled dogs have died in it.

 

As far as I know no dogs died in this year's shortened races – but then again you can never really tell because many deaths go unreported. Dogs get abandoned on the trail or succumb to injuries and end up in the sled bag or get culled after the race. We never hear what happened to the dogs that get dropped at the check stops  - but one way or another the dogs end up paying. The dogs that are still with us can now go back to life on the end of a 4-foot chain. The life of a northern sled dog is dismal at best.

 

I might also note that Sass’s dogs were gouging their necks into the snow and rolling on their backs from harness burn at the finish line as handlers ran around shoving pieces of meat into their mouths so they look happy and don’t roll in the ice. That always happens. It’s also common to see dogs tearing at their boots because they are cinched on too tight or conversely, dogs with no boots who have just been forced to run barefoot over sharp ice for a few hundred miles.

 

So the usual scene at the finish line – exhausted dogs with ears wilted as the winner props them up at the finish line for that all-important photo op. They’re planning to return the race to a distance of one thousand miles again in 2023.

 

On the upside I met with our Yukon Member of Parliament Dr. Brendan Hanley this week to discuss animal rights and the lack of effective animal protection legislation here in the Yukon and across Canada. It was a short but productive meeting in which some important information was exchanged and there is a plan to arrange for a second meeting in the near future. Perhaps there’s some hope. I’d like to think so. 

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Dear Convoy Boys

 

 

February 4 2022 A convoy of questionable individuals are presently taking up residence on Wellington Street in front of the Canadian Parliament Buildings behaving deplorably and making life hell for Ottawa residents. This is my response to them.

 

*The above pictures of me were taken long ago. I used to drive semi-trucks. I drove from Faro Yukon all the way to the Mexican border. I also hauled flammables up and down the Alaska Highway. I was a proud professional and so were my colleagues. In fact I was one of the very first - if not THE FIRST certified female truck driver to hold a class 1A license in Canada. I took pride in my job and I have many fond memories. I have great respect for the people who drive night and day to keep our supply chain moving. I also have a message for the 'Convoy Boys'.

 

Dear Convoy Boys - You wave the Canadian flag but show no respect for our country or for the symbols of our beloved heroes. You freely desecrate all that we hold sacred and scream "My rights!" while denying our fellow citizens their basic rights as your circus costs millions. You take up residence on Wellington Street spewing noxious diesel exhaust into the atmosphere & blaring air horns all night holding citizens hostage. This is NOT a peaceful protest! You do not have the right to terrorize the citizens of Ottawa and your counterparts do not have the right to decide when a major artery is open for business. In doing that you are penalizing the professionals who just want to get the job done.

 

No one's messing with your 'freedom'. If you want to drive a rig and call yourself a professional then there are a few requirements: Possess a Class 1A License and vaccine certification and wear a mask while serving the public. The rules are really no different for you than for everybody else. It's really your choice. Nobody's forcing you or 'taking away your freedom'.

 

And by the way - why occupy the Hill when your quarrel seems to be with the Province of Ontario? Do you even know why you're there? You guys give truckers a bad name. You are an embarrassment. Please Go Home! Ottawa doesn't want you!

*The Ottawa Convoy is not supported by the CANADIAN TRUCKERS ASSOCIATION

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January 10 2022:

Dear Friends....

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It just doesn't get any better than this! Yukon Sundog - Taken January 7th 2022

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January 2 2022: I recieved many honours and recognitions over the past year. It's always nice to know your work is appreciated.

 

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Greetings and welcome to the year 2022!

January 1 2022: Doc & I want to wish all our wonderful friends the best in 2022. May 2022 be much kinder to us all! #Yukon
 
Happy New Year! ~ Sigóowu Yées Táakw!
 

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As of the End of December 2021: The petition asking Facebook to remove the unsubstantiated ban that was placed on my website on September 1st 2020 is still in effect. *The below comment was recently made on that petition in support of this website. *Please take a moment to sign and share that petition at: https://bit.ly/3Eoaz7o

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