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.

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

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

  • 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

Charlene Alexander
Executive Director

Telephone: (867) 667-7698 Ext. 202
Email: ed@yfnct.ca

Caili Steel
Aboriginal Tourism Development Officer
On maternity leave

Alexis Hougen
Marketing and Membership Intern

Telephone: (867) 667-7698 Ext. 205
Email: info@yfnct.ca

Mary Hudgin

Telephone: (867) 667-7698
Email: finance@yfnct.ca

Anne Mease
Traditional Watercraft Project Coordinator

Telephone: (867) 667-7698 ext. 201
Email: projects@yfnct.ca

Sarah Newton
Tourism Development Officer

Telephone: (867) 667-7698 Ext. 203
Email: tourism@yfnct.ca

Cherish Lepine
Visual Arts Coordinator

Telephone: (867) 667-7698 Ext. 204
Email: programs@adakafestival.ca

Lynn Feasey
Director of Arts

Telephone: (867) 667-7698 ext. 206
Email: arts@yfnct.ca

YFNCT Board of Directors
Shirlee Frost – Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation
Visual Artist / Master Beader, Founding Member Commissioner’s Potlatch and National Aboriginal Day in Whitehorse

Marilyn Jensen – Carcross Tagish/First Nation
Vice President
Performing Artist / Leader - Dakhká Khwáan Dancers, Yukon College Instructor - First Nations Governance & Public Administration

Ian Robinson
Negotiations Analyst, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations

Doris McLean – Carcross/Tagish First Nation
Artist / Cultural Leader and member of Dakhká Khwáan Dancers

Boyd Benjamin – Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation
Artist / Fiddler / Pilot – Recipient of 2008 National Aboriginal Achievement Youth Award

Pauline Frost – Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation
Advisor / President Vuntut Gwitchin Partnership
Intergovernmental Coordinator-Vuntut Gwitchin Government/President-Vuntut Gwitchin Limited Partnerships

Lisa Dewhurst – Teslin Tlingit
Business & Marketing Manager
Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre

Mark Rutledge – Ojibway
Traditional Pow Wow Dancer and Certified Graphic Designer