Journeys to Adäka is the story of indigenous artists from the Yukon who look to the past for strength to overcome a legacy of hurt, and in the process are becoming cultural giants and leaders. This one-hour documentary follows seven Yukon First Nation performers and artists in the months leading to Adäka Cultural Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon.

Being a visual or performing artist is not an easy path, but for many aboriginal performers and artisans it’s the necessary route to healing and community revitalization. Journeys to Adäka takes us into carving sheds, kitchens and community halls where artists and their families are reconnecting with their ancestors, healing, and moving personal mountains to each find their light. The process is familiar – rehearsals, training, crafting – but the backdrop of distant northern communities and an intimate view of their lives serves both lessons and inspiration. Journeys to Adäka paints a moving portrait of self-empowered indigenous communities at an inflection point in our history. This documentary was produced in association with Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association with support from Canada Media Fund, Yukon Film Production Fund and Northwestel Community TV.

Watch for its release in spring 2017. Follow the Journeys to Adäka documentary Facebook page for news, updates and behind-the-scenes photos.