This building showcases a wonderful example of partnerships. The Champagne & Aishihik First Nations peoples Cultural Centre, Parks Canada and Yukon Visitor Information all in one beautiful location. A must see on your travels!
Da Ku Cultural Centre:
A gathering place that recognizes and celebrates the cultural contributions and way of life of Champagne & Aishihik First Nations peoples - the places we come from, the traditions & languages we carry, the arts we practice & perform.
Da Kų is:
“Our House”, a 27,000 square foot facility owned and operated by the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, including;
o A cultural and heritage resource centre for Citizens with an assembly hall, classroom space, kitchen, meeting room, language lab, and workshop;
o A community cultural centre with displays and exhibits, and space for learning and training opportunities;
o A display venue and repository for artifacts, archaeological materials, archives and contemporary art;
o A visitor facility with CAFN orientation exhibits, changing exhibition space, and a retail store; and
o Yukon and Parks Canada visitor information centres.
The governments of CAFN, Yukon and Canada are funding the project, with each contributing to the $16 million in project costs. Funding arrangements are through the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF) and through tenant lease agreements with Parks Canada and Yukon.