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Edith Josie

Star columnist named to Order of Canada

Edith Josie, a life-long Old Crow resident and Star columnist for 32 years, has been named a member of the Order of Canada.

By Whitehorse Star on June 29, 1995

Hers is one of 79 appointments announced today by Gov.-Gen. Romeo Leblanc. The list includes three companions, 27 officers and 50 members.

The Order was established in 1967 to honor Canadians who have served their country well in a variety of fields. Josie is being saluted for her work in the media, mostly in the form of her Here are the News column.

“I feel good,” she said from Old Crow this morning. “Something like that, I just get excited, but I feel a bit sad sometimes too, because people get all proud of me and say I am a famous woman.”

Josie said in a 1994 interview with the Star that after 31 years of writing the column for the paper, she aimed to do it for at least another 30.

“I’m 72 years old, and I’m still just like I’m young. Every time I say I’m 72, people can’t believe it,” she said then. Josie’s work has been compiled into book format twice - the years 1963 and 1964 were published separately in the late 1960s. These were translated into German, Italian, Spanish and Finnish and distributed overseas.

She has chronicled the hunting and fishing and berry picking, the coming of the first airplanes, television, and changes wrought by alcohol and land claim negotiations.

Harry Boyle, editor and publisher of the Star in the 1960s described Josie as “phenomenonly honest, a clear observer, and a very frank person.”

The first person to be invested in the Order in 1967 was the Rt. Hon. Roland Michener, the late governor-general. Appointments are made on the recommendation of an advisory council chaired by the Chief Justice of Canada.

From the Whitehorse Star, Thursday, June 29, 1995

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