Volunteer Registration

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If you have any questions, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at logistics@adakafestival.ca or (867) 667-7698 ext. 204.

YFNCT is enthusiastically preparing for a festival that will understandably take a different shape this year to ensure the health and safety of everyone involved. The impacts of this past year have been felt all across the territory, let alone the world, and YFNCT is excited to provide some much-needed light this summer through Adäka. While the festival will be smaller in size, the programming  

The 2021 Festival will feature 75+ Yukon Indigenous Artists, over 40 hours of performances on our outdoor stage, a world class gallery, 30+ artistic workshops, artist demonstrations, community cultural presentations and more. Volunteers are an integral part of the Adaka Cultural Festival’s success each year and even more so this year with COVID restrictions. A passion for arts and culture brings our artists and volunteers together; many return year after year. 

The festival will require 60+ volunteers starting on August 24th running through to September 2nd. We ask that volunteers be a minimum of 16 years of age and contribute a minimum of 12 hours of their time to the festival. Volunteers receive a festival T-shirt and a $2 credit for every hour worked, which can be used towards workshop registration fees or gallery / gift shop purchases.  Volunteers who work over 15 hours will receive an Adäka water bottle.  

All volunteers will be asked to attend our volunteer orientation and COVID safety training session on a date to be determined at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre (pizza and beverages will be provided).

Volunteer Positions

Please note that all volunteers will be required to promote and enforce COVID safety guidelines in all areas of the festival. Training will be provided.

Front of House

Welcoming and directing festival guests, promoting the Festival program, conducting visitor surveys, keeping count of visitors, checking tickets for ticketed events, and basic administrative support.

Knowledge of Whitehorse and Yukon First Nations and an outgoing personality is an asset.


Assisting with organizing artwork for inventory and pricing before and after the Festival, basic gallery security, and conducting sales of gallery artwork.

Gallery, retail, and sales experience is an asset.

COVID Safety Team

Upholding the Adaka Festival COVID Safety guidelines, social distancing, hand sanitizing and capacity restrictions.

Green Team

Upholding the festival’s commitment to keeping the festival a clean and creative space for artist and visitors by helping with garbage and recycling and general clean-up.


Setting up and maintaining the artist/staff/volunteer hospitality room, making coffee and tea, putting out and preparing basic food platters, and assisting with serving and preparing for special events. 

Food Safe certification is an asset.


Set-up and take-down for the Festival, moving chairs and tables to set-up for performances and events, odd jobs, staff support and filling in any position where help is needed.

Note: some heavy lifting may be required.

Performance and Presentation Support

Assisting with setting set-up and take down for different performances on the Main Stage and cultural presentations throughout the building, assisting with seating elders, keeping count of visitors, basic security, keeping the fire exits clear, and general performance support.

Artist Demonstration Area

Acting as a host in the artist demonstration area. Ensuring that the artists have everything they need and directing the public and giving them information on the artists.


Assisting the staff with airport and hotel pick-ups and drop offs, running errands off site, giving artists short tours around Whitehorse.

Note: driver’s license required and own vehicle to use is an asset.

Volunteer Ambassador

Assist the volunteer coordinator in training and orienting new volunteers. Introducing volunteers to staff leads and determining volunteer needs in different positions.

Note: this position is geared towards experienced Adäka volunteers.

Volunteer Expectations