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


Katie Johnson

(Kluane First Nation)

Director of Programs and Partnerships

arts@yfnct.ca
(867) 332-5283


Caili Steel

Tourism Strategy & Engagement

industry@yfnct.ca
(867) 667-7698 Ext. 205


Harmony Hunter

Business and Experience Development

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


Mary Hudgin

Finance and Office Manager

finance@yfnct.ca
(867) 667-7698


Courtney Holmes

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


Sydney Anderson

(Nacho Nyak Dun First Nation) Administrative Assistant
logistics@adakafestival.ca
(867) 667-7698 Ext 206


Abigail Turner

(Teslin Tlingit Council)

Visual Arts Assistant projects@yfnct.ca
(867) 667-7698 Ext 206


Amber Berard-Althouse

(Kluane First Nation)

Marketing and Membership Intern

info@yfnct.ca
(867) 667-7698 Ext 203


Sharron Vittrekwa

(Tetlit Gwich’in First Nation)

Artist Liaison

(867) 667-7698

YFNCT Board of Directors

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

Jackie Olson - Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in
Vice President
Executive Director at Klondike Visitor Association

Teena Dickson - Chipewyan
Treasurer
Owner / Operator of Who What Where Tours

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

Judy Gingell - Kwanlin Dün First Nation
Respected Elder

Jessie Stephen - White River First Nation
Managing Director of Gúnta Business

George Bahm - Teslin Tlingit Council
Owner of Wild Yukon Furs & First Nations Experiential Consultant

Mark Doucette - Algonquin Metis
Manager - Haa Shagóon Hídi

Joella Hogan - Northern Tutchone
Owner and operator of Yukon Soap Company

Elizabeth Bosely - Teslin Tlingit Council
Instructor and Coordinator - YFN Arts Certificate Program, Yukon University