Journeys to Adäka is the story of seven indigenous artists in Canada’s Yukon who turn to celebration and ceremony to push back a legacy of systemic hurt and racism, becoming cultural giants and leaders in the process. This one-hour documentary follows its subjects as they prepare for the Adäka Cultural Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon, inviting viewers into carving sheds, kitchens and community halls.
This documentary paints a moving portrait of self-empowered indigenous communities at an inflection point in our history. This film resulted from a decade of collaboration with the Yukon First Nation cultural community. Journeys to Adäka 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. LISTEN to CBC Radio’s interview with the director and producer.
Journeys to Adäka had its international premiere at the Byron Bay International Film Festival in Australia. Other notable screenings included American Indian Film Festival, Tromso International Film Festival, Yorkton Film Festival, and Banff Mountain Film Festival. The film won Audience Choice Award at Available Light Film Festival.