Igniting our Fire – Performing Arts Creation Journey

Igniting our Fire – Performing Arts Creation Journey

Call for Applications from Yukon First Nation Performing Artists, Cultural Champions, Mentors

Join us in building a new professional show to launch in 2022 by and about all 14 Yukon First Nations – looking back, looking ahead. 

This is a paid opportunity for:

  • Yukon First Nations artists of all experience levels, ages 16 and up
  • Cultural champions, Elders, knowledge keepers and mentors

Dance. Singing. Music. Stories.
Language. Regalia. Multimedia. Visual Arts.

Our Creative Vision

It’s in our blood, the memory and knowledge of the source and the dreaming. Our people have struggled and lost but we have loved and experienced joy. Now, it is time to return to the sacred place where life begins to transform, laugh and dream together.

This 90-minute show is driven and created by the 14 Yukon First Nation communities as a platform to honour and tell their stories. This ambitious production is directed by Alejandro Ronceria and Diyet van Lieshout, two internationally recognized Indigenous artists. The creation process begins this September. The show will premiere in June 2022 followed by a Yukon community tour. 

Along the journey, this production reclaims the creative space for the artists to strengthen, heal and hone their craft, supported by their knowledge keepers. Through their growth they will inspire and develop new generations of artists and story keepers through language, stories, songs, dances, words, visual arts, multimedia, ceremony, traditional knowledge, and a deeper connection to their roots.

How to apply


About the project

YFN 2022 – Leading with Culture is a multi-year legacy project in cultural performing arts revitalization and development with partners YFNCT and Gwaandak Theatre. Our goal is to ignite the fire in the next generations and support cultural pride, resiliency, and connection.

For more information, contact: 

Katie Johnson, YFNCT Director of Programs and Partnerships
(867) 332-5283 

YFN 2022 is led by partners YFNCT, Gwaandak Theatre and the Yukon Arts Centre. 

Shä̀w níthän to project funders: Government of Yukon, Canada Council for the Arts, Crime Prevention & Victim Services Trust Fund and Lotteries Yukon.