Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

June 19, 2012 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports First Nations Arts and Culture in Yukon

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - June 19, 2012) - Today the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister of Health, on behalf of the Government of Canada, announced support for the Adäka Cultural Festival, taking place this year from June 22 to 28 in Whitehorse.

"The Government of Canada is proud to support the Adäka Cultural Festival, which will increase the awareness and demand for Yukon First Nations arts, crafts and cultural experiences," said Minister Aglukkaq. "Along with the significant economic benefits this event brings to Yukon through tourism and local business activity, the festival provides great opportunities for First Nations artists to increase their profile and to showcase their talents."

"The Adäka Cultural Festival shines a spotlight on Yukon," said Yukon Member of Parliament Ryan Leef. "Hosted at the newly opened Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre, the Adäka Festival provides an opportunity for Yukon First Nations to present their artistry to visitors from around the world at a venue that symbolizes the importance and relevance of Yukon First Nations rich culture and history to this territory."

Funding from the Government of Canada will support the Yukon First Nations Tourism Association (YFNTA) to plan and organize the annual multidisciplinary cultural festival that will bring First Nations artists from across Yukon together with artists from around the world to share and celebrate their creativity and culture with a local, national and international audience.

"The Adäka Cultural Festival provides an opportunity for Yukoners and visitors to celebrate and experience the richness of Yukon First Nations' culture through a variety of traditional and contemporary activities," said Tourism and Culture Minister Mike Nixon. "Yukon government is proud to support festivals such as Adäka which strengthen community spirit and cultural pride."

"On behalf of the Yukon First Nations Tourism Association and the Adäka Cultural Society, I would like to thank the Government of Canada for their continued support of the Adäka Cultural Festival," said Barb Fred, President of the YFNTA. "We are extremely thrilled to be partnering with the Adäka Cultural Society to present the Festival this year, and look forward to seeing this partnership grow." The Festival is a truly important and awe inspiring celebration that provides amazing opportunities for Yukon First Nations people."

The CanNor investment for this project is funded by the Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) program, which focuses on long-term economic growth, economic diversification and capacity-building in all three territories.

The Canada Council for the Arts is providing funding through the Aboriginal People's Collaborative Exchange program.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
    Cailin Rodgers

    Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
    Erin Macpherson
    Communications Advisor

    Yukon government
    Heather LeDuc
    Tourism and Culture

    Adaka Cultural Festival
    Caili Steel
    Assistant Producer