About Us

The Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association

The Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association (YFNCT) is a non-profit organization that is committed to growing and promoting vibrant and sustainable arts/culture and tourism sectors.

YFNCT offers training, a booking/referral service, networking opportunities and co-operative marketing for First Nations artists, performers, cultural centres and tourism entrepreneurs in Yukon. YFNCT works closely with arts/culture, tourism and government organizations to maximize opportunities within the sectors.

YFNCT also presents the Adäka Cultural Festival – a world-class multi-disciplinary cultural festival held every summer at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre in Whitehorse.

Vision

"Arts and culture unify and strengthen Yukon First Nations communities creating pride, renowned artists, and inspiring experiences that attract visitors from around the world."

Mandate

"To foster the development of vibrant and sustainable Yukon First Nations arts, culture and tourism sectors."

Goals

  • Marketing and Communications - Increase understanding, awareness and demand for YFN arts, culture and tourism experiences within and beyond Yukon.
  • Product Development - Support the development, enhancement and delivery/presentation of authentic YFN art, culture and tourism products and experiences.
  • Entrepreneurial Development - Facilitate training, mentorship and educational opportunities that support the development of YFN artists, businesses and organizations.
  • Networking and Partnerships - Build strong linkages between sector stakeholders to increase collaboration, leverage resources and create new opportunities.
  • Advocacy - Be a unified voice to influence, promote and assist the development of YFN art, cultural and tourism sectors within Yukon.

Our Staff


Robin Chambers

(Kluane First Nation)

Executive Director

ed@yfnct.ca
(867) 667-7698 ext. 203


Harmony Hunter

Manager, Tourism Development

tourism.manager@yfnct.ca
(867) 667-7698 ext. 201


Erin Symington

Manager, Arts Development

arts.manager@yfnct.ca
(867) 667-7698 ext. 206


Michelle Olesh

(Champagne and Aishihik First Nation)

Program Assistant

programs.assistant@yfnct.ca
(867) 667-7698 ext. 205


Alicia Harry

(Inuvialuit)

Visual Arts Coordinator

visual.arts@yfnct.ca
(867) 667-7698 ext. 204


Carrie Laurenson

Administrative Assistant

admin.assistant@yfnct.ca
(867) 667-7698

YFNCT Board of Directors

Marilyn Jensen (Yadultin, Dūsts’ādle, and Shaawát goox) – Carcross/Tagish First Nation, President

Joella Hogan - First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun, Vice-President

Albert Drapeau - Selkirk First Nation, Treasurer

Elizabeth Bosely (Kaxyhȇk) - Teslin Tlingit Council, Secretary

Teena Dickson - Chipewyan

George Bahm (Yáandakhin yeił) - Teslin Tlingit Council

Amber Berard-Althouse - Kluane First Nation

Teri-Lee Isaac - Selkirk First Nation

Shelby Blackjack - Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation