Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency funds the Adäka Cultural
Festival which showcases and encourages the development of Yukon's distinctive First Nations arts
WHITEHORSE, YT, June 27, 2014 /CNW/ - Office of the Minister of the
Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development
Agency (CanNor), and Minister for the Arctic Council
Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of the Honourable
Leona Aglukkaq, today announced funding that will support the Yukon
First Nations Culture and Tourism Association (YFNCTA) to showcase the
fourth annual Adäka Cultural Festival at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural
Centre in Whitehorse, Yukon.
Each year, the festival brings significant economic benefits through
tourism and local business activity, as well as providing great
networking opportunities for First Nations artists to increase their
profile and showcase their talents.
CanNor funding of $230,000 over two years will support YFNCTA to plan
and organize the annual multidisciplinary cultural festival. The Adäka
Cultural Festival brings First Nations artists from across Yukon
together with artists from around the world to share and celebrate
their creativity and rich culture with a local, national and
The Government of Canada is also providing funding of $100,000 through
Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts.
The Government of Yukon is providing $92,090 in funding through Tourism
and Culture, Economic Development, Lotteries Commission and the Youth
The Adäka Cultural Festival is a seven-day, multi-disciplinary festival
that features traditional and contemporary music, dance, drumming,
visual arts and craft, storytelling, interpretive programming, artist
workshops, and a marketplace. Each year, over 150 Yukon First Nations
artists gather with Aboriginal artists from other regions to present
their work, learn new skills, hone their marketing and business
knowledge, and gain access to local, national, and international
"Our Government is proud to support the Adäka Cultural Festival, which
will increase the awareness and demand for Yukon First Nations arts,
crafts, and cultural experiences. Our Government continues to fund
projects such as this one which generates important economic activity
in our community and provide an opportunity for Yukon First Nations to
present their artistry and culture to visitors from around the world."
Member of Parliament for Yukon
"The Adäka Cultural Festival makes a tremendous contribution to the
fabric of Yukon. This renowned celebration of Yukon First Nation arts,
craft and performance inspires pride in our shared northern identity
and has become a favourite summertime activity in the territory."
Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski
"We are extremely grateful for the funding we receive from the
Government of Canada. The Adäka Cultural Festival is a important
catalyst in the development of cultural and tourism industries, and
contributes to the economic and cultural mosaic of Yukon." The funding
we receive from CanNor allows us to support First Nation artists to
pursue business opportunities and showcase their talent in an outside
of Yukon "
SOURCE: Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency
CanNor works to help develop a diversified, sustainable and dynamic economy across Canada's three territories, and delivers on its northern mandate through funding programs, the Northern Projects Management Office and by undertaking policy and research.
Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association
867.667.7698 Ext. 202
YFNCT is a not-for-profit organization committed to growing, promoting and celebrating strong and sustainable Yukon First Nations arts, culture and tourism sectors.
Government of Yukon
For more information about CanNor, visit cannor.gc.ca
For more information on Canada's Northern Strategy, visit: northernstrategy.ca