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


Charlene Alexander

Executive Director
(867) 667-7698 Ext. 201
ed@yfnct.ca


Caili Steel

Aboriginal Tourism Development Officer
On maternity leave


Alexis Hougen

Marketing and Membership Coordinator
(867) 667-7698 Ext. 205
info@yfnct.ca


Mary Hudgin

Bookkeeper
(867) 667-7698 ext. 202 finance@yfnct.ca


Lynn Feasey

Director of Arts
(867) 667-7698 ext. 206
arts@yfnct.ca


Arturo Calvo

Programs Coordinator
(867) 667-7698 ext. 204
programs@yfnct.ca

YFNCT Board of Directors

Shirlee Frost – Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation
President
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

Rebecca Edzerza
Treasurer
Chartered Accountant, Yukon Government Finance Department

Gord Loverin - Tahltan First Nation
Secretary
Digital Media Strategist

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

Lisa Dewhurst – Teslin Tlingit Council
Marketing Manager, Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre

Florence Moses – First Nation of Na-Cho Nyak Dun
Visual Artist

Shadelle Chambers – Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
Executive Director of Council of Yukon First Nations

Judy Gingell - Kwanlin Dün First Nation
Elder

Victoria Fred - Kwanlin Dün First Nation
Lawyer at Boughton Law

Melina Hougen -Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
Studying Northern Conservation and Environmental Studies

Courtney Wheelton -Tahltan First Nation
Culture Coordinator - Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

Diane Strand -Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
Director of Community Wellness - Champagne and Aishihik First Nations