Dakwakada Mountain Festival Logo - by CAFN artist Shadunjen Van Kampen

Logo design: CAFN Citizen Shadunjen van Kampen

Dakwäkäda Mountain Festival

Nov 4, 2023

Haines Junction, Yukon

Welcome to the Dakwäkäda Mountain Festival, hosted by the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations on their Traditional Territory.   We are planning an exciting celebration on Nov 4, 2023, at the Da Ku Cultural Centre in Haines Junction, Yukon

This free mountain festival celebrates our land, through First Nations culture, learning, science, research, and mountain culture in all its forms - outdoor recreation, workshops, talks, arts, live music, films, dance, story-telling and shared meals.  Come share in the celebration of our wonderful land.

Festival Schedule  (*Subject to Change)


Time  Activity/Presentation Location
Drop in
8:30 -  5:00
Exhibit - Open All Day - Ghàīlį / We Dance Together Changing Exhibit Space
Drop in   9:30 - 10:30 Yoga for All Levels with Chelsie McCutcheon (bring your own mat if possible) Park Canada Area
10:00  - 3:00 Beaded Cuff Workshop with Teagan Vallevand Language Classroom
10:30 - 12:00 How to Get Yourself Out of Trouble - Knots & Slings with Ron Chambers Workroom
Drop in
10:30 - 3:00
Art Show - 2023 Collection - by Shadunjen van Kampen Parks Canada Area
Drop in
10:45 -  12:00
For the kids - Airbrush Tatoo Parks Canada Area
Drop in 1:00  - 4:00 Formline Art Workshop with Jai Reid Workroom
Drop in 1:00  - 4:00 Fur Pom Pom Workshop Parks Canada area
Drop in 1:00  - 4:00 Virtual Sandbox with Yukon Geological Survey YG Area

Sat Afternoon 

Time  Activity/Presentation Location
1:00 - 1:15 Welcome from CAFN Councillor Grand Hall 
1:15 - 2:00 Introducing Book - Lhù’ààn Mân Keyi Dań Kwanje Nààtsat Kluane Lake Country People Speak Strong  Grand Hall, book sales on Parks Side
2:00 -2:20 Introduction to Art Show and Career  -  Renaissance Woman Shadunjen van Kampen  Grand Hall, art show on Parks Side
2:20 -2:50 Geothermal Research in Dákeyi - Leyla Weston, Amanda O'Connor  Grand Hall 
2:50 - 3:10 The Da Ku Exhibits QR Codes - Erin Jim, Brittney Johnson Grand Hall 
3:10 - 3:25 Refreshment Break Grand Hall
3:25 - 3:40 Sharing of Story - Kalxokw (Mary Leger) Grand Hall
3:40 - 4:40 Presentation & Sharing - Interspecies Communication & Bringing Animal Voices to the Table - Sydney Kuppenbender  Grand Hall
4:40 - 5:00 Mountain Films Grand Hall
5:00 - 5:30 Film Screening - Chu Ts'än Łänädel - Dugout Canoe Healing Project Grand Hall 
5:30 - 5:45 TrebleMakers Grand Hall

Sat Night

Time  Activity/Presentation Location
6:15-6:20 Welcome from CAFN Leadership Grand Hall
6:20-7:00 Community Feast - provided by Bannock Barn (Marlene Smith-Tutin)  Grand Hall
7:00-7:15 Song & Story - Earl Darbyshire Grand Hall
7:15-8:00 Indigenous Youth & Outdoor Recreation - Presentation & Films, Chelsie McCutcheon Grand Hall
8:00-8:45 Film Screening - Slides on the Mountain by Seth Gillis (Arc'teryx) Grand Hall
8:45-9:15 Live Music - KFN's Nick Johnson Grand Hall

Festival Partners and Sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

Door Prize Donors:


Canadian Tire

Capital Helicopters

Coast Mountain Sports

First People's Coffee

GP Distributing

Icycle Sports

Indian Craft Shop

Little Green Apple Store

Mile 1016 Pub

Parks Canada

Ravens Rest Inn

St Elias Chamber of Commerce

Titan Gaming and Collectibles

Wykes Independant Grocer

Yukon Avalanche Association

Yukon Built


Gwanaschis, Shaw Nithan, Thank you  - we are grateful for your support of our Festival!

Kathleen Lake, Kluane National Park and Reserve (Photo: Elsabe Kloppers)

Da Ku Cultural Centre in Haines Junction, Yukon

Heather Callaghan 1-634-4200 ext 248

Da Ku Cultural Centre, 280 Alaska Highway 
Haines Junction, YT - Y0B 1L0