Aboriginal Initiatives

The Northern Cultural Expressions Society is a dynamic, non-profit organization committed to providing opportunities for young people to channel their energy to artistic expression, and business development. Programs are targeted at Yukon First Nation students and are open to all cultures. Current and past participants have been invited to represent the Yukon in other countries and are in demand to offer their services as artists, cultural ambassadors and artistic instructors. 

The We Yah Hani Nah Coastal First Nations Dance Festival was revived in 2008 at the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. This festival was first started in the 1960's by Chief Ken Harris of the Dakhumhast House of the Gitksan. The festival continued in 2009 at the Museum as part of the 2010 Cultural Olympiad with many dance groups including the Musqueam Warriors, Dancers of Damelahamid, Git Hoan Dancers, Children of Takaya, Kuteeyaa Dancers, and First Peoples Performance from the Yukon.

It has long been known that artistic expression is at the heart of Aboriginal culture, and that the strength of First Nations' cultures is directly related to the health of First Nations individuals and communities. The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health offers "holistic, culturally-relevant health services" to Inuit, Métis and First Nations communities of Ottawa, including cultural programs such as craft workshops and seasonal ceremonies.

Hip hop and spoken word artist, Wayne Curtis Clearsky (Blackfoot/Saulteaux) works with the Knowledgeable Aboriginal Youth Association, addressing serious issues for youth in Metro Vancouver. In 2005 Clearsky was inducted as a United Nations Messenger of Truth.

The Yin Kak Honzu is a digital story developed to illustrate the relationships between an indigenous people (sacred Laws/language, Nation and Community), Watersheds (Laws & Wet’suwet’en homelands/territories) and Health (social determinants of health) and the linkages required to form a holistic ‘framework’, and to a true holistic approach to wellbeing.  Purpose: To promote a Wet'suwet'en understanding of wellbeing for greater equity in health, and providing education to promote healthy people and healthy communities.  Participants: All ages,