John Peters Jr. was born into the Kùkhhittàn Clan to John Peters Sr. and Annie Johnston in Teslin, Yukon. John spent most of his life outdoors learning the land, hunting, and camping along the river. He watched his father, who worked in a canoe factory in Teslin, make canoes as he was growing up. In 1996, John took part in creating a Dance Blanket that is proudly displayed in his home community. John was selected by Richard Sidney to participate in the Vision Quest where he canoed from Hazelton to Victoria in a canoe made only by Clan women. John learned great carving skills under Master carvers Alex Dickson and Keith Wolf-Smarch.