Our Cultural Centre is a gathering place that recognizes and celebrates the cultural contributions and way of life of Champagne and Aishihik First Nations peoples - the places we come from, the traditions and languages we carry, and the arts we practice and perform. It is an environment creating lasting memories, where young people will learn the wisdom of our Elders, know our stories and legends, and assume responsibility to carry our values.
“Our House”, a 27,000 square foot facility owned and operated by the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, inluding;
o A cultural and heritage resource centre for Citizens with an assembly hall, classroom space, kitchen, meeting room, language lab, and workshop;
o A community cultural centre with displays and exhibits, and space for learning and training opportunities;
o A display venue and repository for artifacts, archeological materials, archives and contemporary art;
o A visitor facility with CAFN orientation exhibits, changing exhibition space, and a retail store; and
o Yukon and Parks Canada visitor information centres.
The governments of CAFN, Yukon and Canada are funding the project, with each contributing to the $16 million in project costs. Funding arrangements are through the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF) and through tenant lease agreements with Parks Canada and Yukon.
Our Cultural Centre will celebrate and honour the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations people - past, present and future - by revitalizing our Southern Tutchone and Tlingit cultures and languages through a living, interactive environment that inspires teaching, learning and performance of traditional arts, practices and knowledge. It will promote communications and understanding of our deep connection to and respect for the land and the special places that have shaped our families and clans and the stories and legends that we each carry.
Da Kų Cultural Centre Newsletter - Summer 2012 (pdf)
Da Kų Cultural Centre Newsletter - Winter 2011/12 (pdf)
Da Kų Cultural Centre Newsletter - Summer 2011 (pdf)
Da Kų Cultural Centre Newsletter - Spring 2010 (pdf)
Gúyàt - Beads Newsletter - Summer 2012 (pdf)
Progress of the Cultural Centre
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