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
(867) 667-7698 Ext. 202

Caili Steel

Aboriginal Tourism Development Officer
On maternity leave

Alexis Hougen

Marketing and Membership Coordinator
(867) 667-7698 Ext. 205

Mary Hudgin

(867) 667-7698

Anne Mease

Traditional Watercraft Project Coordinator
(867) 667-7698 ext. 201

Sarah Newton

Tourism Development Officer
(867) 667-7698 Ext. 203

Cherish Lepine

Visual Arts Coordinator
(867) 667-7698 Ext. 204

Lynn Feasey

Director of Arts
(867) 667-7698 ext. 206

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

Recebba Edzerza
Chartered Accountant, Yukon Government Finance Department

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

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

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

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