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Adäka Cultural Festival


Adäka means “coming into the light” in the Southern Tutchone language. The Festival is committed to shining a light on the creative spirit of Yukon First Nations people, helping to preserve and revitalize our arts and culture, while inspiring artists and youth to take pride in their heritage and communities. With unique opportunities like Adäka our artists will undoubtedly continue to set new standards of quality and excellence in the arts and cultural sector!


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Issue: 2017-06-28, PHOTO: Courtesy of the City of Whitehorse

Summer sun brings with it loads of visitors to the various Yukon campgrounds, especially on the long weekends. Those folks joining the campers for the Canada Day long weekend will be missing out! On July 1, Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday. more

Jun 28, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2017-06-21, PHOTO: Fritz Mueller

Take some time off work – that’s the only way you’ll be able to enjoy all the programming offered by the Adäka Cultural Festival this month. That’s the suggestion from Lynn Feasey, director of arts for Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism... more

Jun 21, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2017-03-08, PHOTO: Jessica Simon

“Artists show the world unseen,” says Tahltan First Nation artist Rhoda Merkel. “Teachers show students a better form of themselves.” Merkel, who was raised in Whitehorse but lives in Atlin, combines both talents in her newest project, the Sam... more

Mar 8, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2017-01-18, PHOTO: YFNCT/Fritz Mueller

The Yukon First Nation Culture and Tourism Association is looking for artists, artisans, musicians and performers from the Yukon and abroad to be part of the seventh annual Adäka Cultural Festival, which takes place at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural... more

Jan 18, 2017 12:00 AM Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2016-06-30, PHOTO: Courtesy of Kathless Merritt

Continuing its tradition of collaborative art projects, this year’s Adӓka Cultural Festival will bring together six northern musicians for a fusion of traditional and contemporary sounds. the artists will get together during the festival and... more

Jun 30, 2016 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2016-06-30, PHOTO: courtesy of YFS

This year the Yukon Film Society (YFS) returns to the Adäka Cultural Festival with more First Nations programming. The collaboration between Adäka and YFS allows all the screenings to be free. Screenings run July 3 and 4 at the Kwanlin Dün... more

Jun 30, 2016 12:00 AM Photography - Film

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Issue: 2015-11-12 PHOTO: Fritz Mueller

Yukon First Nations are planning ways to offer authentic cultural experiences for visitors. The plan to bolster cultural tourism among the Yukon First Nations has been in the works for a while, but this week people from across the Yukon Territory... more

Nov 12, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2015-06-25 PHOTO: Tessa Macintosh Photography

An ambitious pan-Northern ensemble of seasoned musicians from all three territories will make its debut in Whitehorse next week as one of the performance highlights of the fifth annual Adäka Cultural Festival. more

Jun 25, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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Issue: 2015-06-18 Photo: amazon.com

I heard Theo Fleury speak at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre in Whitehorse last summer during the Adäka Cultural Festival, but hadn’t had a chance to read his autobiography, Playing With Fire, until recently. I finished it quickly. more

Jun 18, 2015 12:00 AM Literature

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Issue: 2015-06-11 PHOTO: Peter Jickling

Sean Smith speaks with a composure and intelligence that demands to be heard. He is a member of the Daghaalhaan K’e dance group from the Kwanlin Dun First Nation, he’s been dancing for seven years, and he has participated in the Adäka Cultural... more

Jun 11, 2015 12:00 AM Theatre - Dance

It’s her first day on the job and Chantal Rondeau is starting with a list of the Yukon’s 14 First Nations. “I cross them off when I get a piece of their clothing on the runway,” she says. The producer of the Adäka Fashion Show, the splashy finale... more

Jun 4, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Culture

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Issue: 2015-06-04 PHOTO: Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian

Juanita Growing Thunder-Fogarty lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in the tiny community of North San Juan, on the same property her paternal ancestors settled during the California Gold Rush of 1849. But her heart is... more

Jun 4, 2015 12:00 AM Yukon Culture

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July 10 Issue

Here are the facts: 1. Theoren Fleury gave a keynote speech at the Adäka Cultural Festival on July 2. 2. Theoren Fleury was my favourite hockey player growing up; my hero. more

Jul 10, 2014 12:00 AM Yukon Active

Florent Vollant’s first exposure to music was in his family’s cabin on a trapline in Labrador. After a successful caribou hunt, the family would celebrate with traditional songs and dances, in the Innu tradition of the makushan, or pow wow. more

Jun 26, 2014 12:00 AM Yukon Music

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June 2014

Charlene Alexander barely pauses for breath as she lists the ways the annual Adäka Cultural Festival contributes to revitalizing First Nations’ art and culture in the Yukon. more

Jun 26, 2014 12:00 AM Yukon Culture

Culture has been described as the immune system of a people, and in a world where so many distractions are coming at us on a regular basis, Yukoners can take comfort in knowing that we are home to a beautiful and thriving culture. more

Mar 27, 2014 12:00 AM Yukon Culture

On May 30 Dennis and I left a big flood behind in Ross River, and landed in Germany where many cities, towns and villages were also flooding. We are here on our annual trip to promote tourism, culture, and Yukon artists, more

Jul 4, 2013 12:00 AM Ross River

In the past 10 years more and more First Nation dance groups have been popping up. People have decided it's pretty cool to learn their traditional drumming, singing and dancing. Bracken Hanuse Corlett calls it de-colonization. more

Jun 20, 2013 12:00 AM Yukon Music

Adäka (pronounced Aw-daw-kah) means "coming into the light" in the Southern Tutchone language and each year this festival continues to expand, like the sun rising on a new day, spreading its light further across the land. more

Jun 20, 2013 12:00 AM Yukon Arts

After their initial inception, the Selkirk Spirit Dancers had a hiatus, and some wondered if they would ever dance again. Started by Carmen Baker, the dance group is based in Pelly Crossing and is now comprised of 45 dancers. more

Jun 6, 2013 12:00 AM Yukon Culture