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AFN Yukon Supports Adäka Cultural Festival Volunteer Program

Jun 20, 2022

The Adäka Cultural Festival is thrilled to have Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Yukon Region’s support for its 10th anniversary.

AFN Yukon is joining Adäka’s new Giving with Intention partner program to support the Lift Giving Circle. Adäka’s 2022 Volunteer Program—which sees over 60 volunteers dedicate over 700 hours of their time—will be lifted up through AFN Yukon’s generous support.

From set up and take down, transportation, gallery sales, hospitality and logistics—volunteers are a critical engine of the Festival. AFN Yukon’s support to lift the Volunteer Program is a great fit for the 2022 Festival. Organizers are looking forward to giving thanks the many volunteers by offering them a Festival t-shirt, as well as credits to be used toward workshop registration fees or gallery / gift shop purchases at the Festival.

“By supporting the Volunteer Program through the Lift Giving Circle, AFN Yukon is helping to realize Adäka’s 10th Festival and plant seeds for artists to grow and bring light into northern First Nations—today and into the future. We are grateful for AFN Yukon’s support and look forward to working in partnership to welcome community and visitors to the 2022 Festival.”

— Katie Johnson, Adäka Cultural Festival Co-Producer

“At AFN Yukon, we join together around the message of ‘A Yukon that Leads,’” says AFN Regional Chief Kluane Adamek. “We are honoured to be lifting up the leadership and excellence that organizers at YFNCT have demonstrated over the last ten years to bring so many Yukon First Nation artists ‘into the light’ of this world-class event. In supporting this year’s volunteer program, we encourage Yukoners to emulate the spirit of ‘A Yukon that Leads’ and show up and be present to volunteer and support the festival. Let’s all show artists and visitors from across the North what Yukon hospitality looks like by helping the 2022 Adäka Festival shine as brightly as possible.”

— Regional Chief Kluane Adamek, AFN Yukon


The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Yukon Region works with all 14 Yukon First Nations to support advancing their priorities and interest on a national level, at their direction.

The Yukon Regional Chief leads the AFN Yukon regional office and sits on the AFN’s National Executive. The National Executive is made up of all the Regional Chiefs across the country, and the National Chief. For more information, visit  


Give with Intention

The Adäka Cultural Festival has taken new approach to our sponsorship program this year. This fresh and unique way to support the Festival allows partners to give with intention. Partners can decide which of the four intentional giving circles align with their support best: community, connect, life, or grow.

Support from the business community, organizations, and Yukon First Nations governments is crucial for the ongoing success of the Festival. If you’re interested in partnering, please contact Kelly Proudfoot at

To learn more about how to give with intention and what this new approach looks like for partners, visit

Adäka funding partners include the Government of Canada, Yukon Government, Canadian Heritage, Canadian Council for the Arts, Makeway Foundation, Northwest Territories Arts, Government of Nunavut, and Lotteries Yukon.


The Adäka Cultural Festival will take place from June 29 to July 5, 2022 at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre with the theme, ‘Northern Connections’. Over 200 visual and performing artists from across Canada’s North and guest artists from other Circumpolar countries will gather to showcase their arts, music, and cultures and take part in a rich program full of collaborative opportunities for learning, sharing, presenting, and cultural exchange.

Launched in July 2011, the mission of the Adäka Cultural Festival is to develop and deliver a world-class, iconic event that showcases, celebrates, and fosters the development of Yukon’s diverse and distinctive Yukon Indigenous arts and culture. YFNCT proudly produces the festival, led by a strong board of Yukon First Nations leaders.

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:

Katie Johnson
Adäka Cultural Festival Co-Producer
(867) 332-5283