About Long Ago Peoples Place
Meta Williams is a Yukon First Nations member with family ties to several Yukon First Nations communities, and belongs to the Wolf Clan. She is a grandmother, mother, auntie, sister and niece. She comes from a large family of 11 siblings, born to a Southern Tutchone mother and first generation English/Scottish father from Weston, Ontario.
She has always believed that she was gifted the ability to walk in both cultures -Indigenous and Non-First Nations.
Meta joined founder Harold Johnson in 1995 to develop ”Long Ago Peoples Place”, in Champagne/Aishihik First Nations traditional territory. She became the Program Manager, Administrator, Coordinator, Host, and familiar voice during the spring, summer, and fall seasons of the past 26 years.
Meta has a story to share about her history, knowledge and resilience. She feels that it is important to share her story, culture and skills with others, for a better understanding and breaking down the barriers of the past. She looks forward to providing more workshops for other women, girls and passing on her First Nations skills to enrich their lives.
Meta believes that working on the land, outdoors and within nature is healing and a privilege.
I was born and raised in the Yukon, in both a traditional and modern family. I spend my childhood in Champagne, Higher Hay Ranch, Haines Junction and Beaver Creek. Much of this time was spend out on the land and learning the traditional ways from my grandmother and both my mother and father year-round. My Name is Harold Johnson (Gum mar ra); I am a crow member and son of the late Rachel (Johnson) Thompson/Stanley Thompson and grandson of the late Field Johnson and Francis Johnson. My modern education consisted of my attendance in public schools, post-secondary, and life experiences. I come from a family of ten siblings, many nieces, nephews and grandchildren. I am blessed with beautiful grandchildren, who need a strong voice to ensure they have a home and place for their future. And I have had the greatest opportunities to learn and share my traditional knowledge by support from our community elders and family members as my teachers.