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Kim Dickson

Kim Dickson


Kim is a member of the crow clan and was born to Julia Dickson and Tim Dick. Her grandfather was John Dickson. All of whom are linked to the Pelly Banks area.

Furthering her traditional Kaska education and her formal education are important to Kim. She has had some high school experiences and attended Yukon Hall in Whitehorse. She has advanced her interests in children and cooking with training in both fields.

Learning from the elders is very important for her. Kim credits her family and the elders for teaching her traditional Kaska ways. Sewing is something she enjoys and learns more about from skilled teachers in Ross River. This includes beading and making slippers. These traditional teachings have developed a great enjoyment for life in the bush.

Hunting for meat and drying meat are activities she always enjoys. Kim likes the bush in all seasons and enjoys staying out at the cabin in the winter. Her family has cabins at Campbell River and Mink Creek.

As a mother of three, Kim has developed a keen interest in the welfare of children. She has completed a course in child care and has developed he own philosophy about raising children in a healthy, caring home environment. She has made a personal choice to not use alcohol, and to spare her children the problems that come from those experiences. She gives her children freedom, but always wants to know where they are; especially after dark. This way they learn to be responsible, and to make healthy, safe choices. As her children grow up, she knows the challenges of parenting become even more significant. Her grandma Nesso always says, “Little kids, little problems. Big kids, big problems.” Kim sees her own approach to a healthy lifestyle as part of her community finding a better life. “It is up to our generation to break the cycle of dysfunction.” says Kim.

Kim's great passion is cooking. She has completed the food safe course and enjoys cooking for potlatches, camps and special events. A future as a cook, perhaps in the bush, is where she sees herself progressing.

Kim would be interested in assisting committees or boards that wish to help children develop in healthy ways. She would also like to continue assisting elders as they pass on important Kaska skills and knowledge.