Based in Whitehorse, Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association (YFNCT) works with all communities in the territory, “supporting the growing arts, culture and tourism industries,” says executive director Charlene Alexander. Yukon’s seven cultural and interpretive centres give visitors a glimpse into Indigenous life and history. “These centres are a good starting place in each community for visitors to meet people and learn about their past and their living culture,” says Alexander.
The annual Adäka Cultural Festival showcases all 14 First Nations who live in Yukon. It’s just one of the arts and cultural events held across the territory organized by YFNCT. At Adäka, visitors will experience one of Yukon’s largest gatherings of First Nations people who travel, from within the territory and beyond, to demonstrate and exhibit traditional and contemporary arts.
The festival’s unique presentations and nightly performances from Indigenous musicians, dancers, drummers and storytellers reveal a vibrant living culture communicated through the arts. “There is so much to experience in Yukon,” says Alexander. “Connections are made with the land and the people. Once travellers have visited, they often leave transformed. With our excellent road systems, Yukon can take you to places you never dreamed of.”