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Yukon's Adäka Cultural Festival called off for 2nd year in a row

Organizers of Yukon's Adäka Cultural Festival have cancelled this year's event because of the COVID-19 wave in the territory.

Organizers had postponed the event, but have now cancelled due to COVID-19

Yukon's Dakhká Khwáan Dancers at the 2018 Adäka Cultural Festival in Whitehorse. The annual event was cancelled last year, and organizers have now pulled the plug on this year's festival as well. (Max Leighton/CBC)

Yukon's Adäka Cultural Festival has been cancelled for another year.

The annual week-long event brings Indigenous cultural performers to Whitehorse and showcases local First Nations arts and culture.

This year's festival was originally going to take place at the end of June, but was postponed to late August when a wave of COVID-19 cases hit the territory last month. 

Now, organizers have cancelled it altogether.

"It's been pretty difficult to try and keep the momentum up to plan the event when there is so much uncertainty in Yukon right now with the current COVID outbreak," said Charlene Alexander, executive director of the Yukon First Nations Cultural and Tourism Association.

She says the decision was made for everybody's safety.

It's the second year the festival has been cancelled. 

Adäka was first held in Whitehorse in 2011, and next year's event will mark the tenth anniversary. 

"Next year is going to be a circumpolar theme and we are going to have artists from across the North and other countries in Whitehorse," said Alexander.  

With files from Mike Rudyk

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