Festivals & Gatherings
As Yukon First Nations people, we have a rich culture.
A culture that's kept alive by sharing our many songs, dances and drumming, and our beautiful art & crafts. We welcome you to our world-class gatherings and festivals where you will experience our warm hospitality and cultural traditions.
National Aboriginal Day | Moosehide Gathering | Mayo Arts Festival | Haa Ḵusteey Celebration | Adäka Cultural Festival | Blue Feather Music Festival | Da Kų Nän Ts’étthèt

National Aboriginal Day

Multiple Locations


Dates, Location & Contact:
June 21
Multiple communities across Yukon
Held annually on the solstice (June 21), National Aboriginal day is a Canada-wide event that recognizes and celebrates the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of Aboriginal peoples across Canada.

Everyone is invited to be a part of this national celebration to enjoy live music, artist demonstrations, traditional food, special ceremonies and much more.

National Aboriginal Day is celebrated in communities across Yukon including:

Teslin: Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre
Whitehorse: Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre
Haines Junction: Da kų "Our House" Cultural Centre
Carcross: Carcross Commons
Mayo: Location varies every year
Carmacks: Location varies every year
Dawson City: Dänoja Zho Cultural Centre

Moosehide Gathering

Dawson City


Dates, Location & Contact:
July 2018
Moosehide Village (3 Km from Dawson)
Phone: 867-993-7100 ext 134
Email: amanda.taylor@trondek.ca
Website: trondek.ca
Launched in 1993, Moosehide Gathering is an inclusive event that congregates people from Canada, Alaska and international visitors to share and celebrate Hän traditions and culture.

The three-day festival is held every second year at the heritage site of Moosehide village, downriver 3 kilometers from Dawson City. Everyone is invited to enjoy live performances, dancing, drumming and singing, guest speakers, arts and craft, feasts and more.

Guests are invited to camp for free at Moosehide Village. Regular boat transportation is available for free from Dawson.

Mayo Arts Festival

Mayo


Dates, Location & Contact:
July 1, 2017
Galena Park
Phone: (867) 996-2317
Email: mayo@northwestel.net
Blog: mayoarts.wordpress.com/2009-mayo-arts-festival/
The Mayo Arts Festival showcases Artists & Musicians that are from or have ties to the Silver Trail Area. This includes Stewart Crossing, Keno City, Elsa, and Mayo, Yukon. We are a homegrown festival offering cultural arts & craft demonstrations, sales and provide an outlet for our amateur talented Artists & Musicians. Since it’s inception in 2002 the Arts have truly flourished in our area. Admission is free and we invite YOU to come on out and enjoy Arts & Music at Galena Park on the banks of the Stewart River.

Haa Ḵusteey Celebration

Teslin


Dates, Location & Contact:
Thursday, July 27th to Sunday, July 30th 2017
Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre
Phone: (867) 390-2532
Email: melaina.sheldon@ttc-teslin.com
Website: teslintlingitheritage.com/celebration
As long as the Tlingit have lived on the shores of the big inland lakes, July has been a time for communities to come together to reconnect and celebrate the bounty of the land. Haa Ḵusteey is a biennial gathering that brings families, elders, artists, friends, and visitors together to share and celebrate Tlingit culture on the shores of beautiful Teslin Lake.

The three-day celebration includes art workshops, cultural demonstrations, storytelling, traditional canoe events, live performances, an artist’s market, a kids' zone, and public feast every evening followed by traditional drumming and dancing. Everyone is welcome and the event is free of admission.

Camping available at Festival site or Teslin Lake Territorial campground (10km Northwest of Teslin). Full service camping available at Yukon Motel Lakeshore RV park located in Teslin.

Adäka Cultural Festival

Whitehorse


Dates, Location & Contact:
June 30th - July 6th 2017
Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre
Phone: (867) 667-7698
Email: info@adakafestival.ca
Website: adakafestival.ca
Launched in 2011, the Adäka Cultural Festival is a spectacular gathering that includes over 200 artists and performer from all 14 First Nations along with national and international Aboriginal guest artists. For 7 days, participating artists share their creativity and their culture with audiences from around the world.

Held in downtown Whitehorse, the festival features a vibrant schedule of events that includes traditional and contemporary music, dance, drumming, storytelling, film screenings, daily artist demonstrations, 40 plus public art and traditional craft workshops, 30+ cultural presentations, an art gallery and gift shop, a community feast and more.

Blue Feather Music Festival

Whitehorse


Dates, Location & Contact:
November 2017
Yukon Arts Centre
Email: info@bluefeathermusic.ca
Website: bluefeathermusic.ca
Established in 2000, The Blue Feather Music Festival aims to inspire, encourage, and support our young people to develop the gifts the Creator has given them through music and the arts. The Blue Feather is a symbol of hope.

This weekend festival takes place in November of each year at the Yukon Arts Centre featuring Aboriginal performers from around the world.

Da Kų Nän Ts’étthèt (Our House is Waking Up the Land)

Haines Junction


Dates, Location & Contact:
June 2 - 4th, 2017
Da Kų Cultural Centre
Phone: (867) 634-3300
Email: ssheardown@cafn.ca
Website: cafn.ca/da-ku-cultural-centre
A Celebration of Aboriginal Drumming and Dance! Champagne and Aishihik First Nations will host an Aboriginal Dance Festival in mid June 2017. Dance groups from across Yukon, Northern British Columbia and Alaska will be invited. Workshops devoted to drumming, protocols, song creation, regalia, sustaining a dance group and more will be part of this event.