Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
#1 Allen Place, P.O. Box 5310
Haines Junction YT, Y0B 1L0
Ph:(867)634-4200

Champagne and Aishihik First Nations 304 Jarvis Street
Whitehorse YT, Y1A 2H2
Ph:(867)456-6888

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Da Kų – Our House
The Da Kų Cultural Centre is open to visitors
for the summer from 8 am to 6 pm daily.
Our store “NJU” hours are 9 am to 4 pm seven days a week.

Event photos can be viewed here

 

 


Da Kų Cultural Centre fact sheet (pdf)


Vision: 


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.

Da Kų is:


“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.

Mission: 


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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October 20/10


December 3/10


January 10/11


January 10/11


January 10/11


April 21/11


July 7/11


August 6/11


August 6/11


January 5/12


January 2012


PM Visit 2011


PM Visit 2011


Summer 2012


Summer 2012


Summer 2012


Summer 2012


Summer 2012

 


Contact Us :

Main Desk/Reception, (867) 634-3300 Fax: (867) 634-2162 Email: daku@cafn.ca

Sharmane Jones, Facility Manager (867) 634-3307

Diane Strand, Director of Language, Culture and Heritage, (867) 634-3310 or dstrand@cafn.ca

Interpreters, (867) 634-3300 Email: interpreters@cafn.ca

Richard Smith, Collections Manager, (867) 634-3309 Email: rsmith@cafn.ca

Barb Hume, Language Manager, (867) 634-3302 Email: bhume@cafn.ca


Feasibilty Study 2004 (pdf)

Conceptual Design Report 2006 (pdf)

Conceptual Design Update 2008 (pdf)

Da Kų Cultural Centre Project Directory (pdf)