” When we support and inspire young leaders- we are changing the world! ”
Kluane Adamek has experience living in rural, urban, northern and southern communities. She is a graduate of Carleton University, fluent in English and French and continues to learn her traditional languages, Southern Tutchone and Tlingit. She currently works at Northwestel in the role of Director of Government Relations. Prior to this, Kluane worked with Assembly of First Nations in the role of First Nation Liaison and Advisor to former National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo.
Kluane comes from a diverse background – Indigenous and non-Indigenous – which she believes has given her the ability to view and analyze our world from different perspectives. On her father’s side, she is of Tlingit and Southern Tutchone First Nation ancestry, and on her mother’s side, German and Irish descent. A citizen of the Kluane First Nation, Yukon Territory – her traditional name is Aagé, and she comes from the Daklaweidí – Killerwhale Clan. She has recently been named a Global Shaper – Ottawa Hub as part of the World Economic Forum, and also selected as one of 23 “bold visionaries” as part of the 2014 Bold Vision Women’s Leadership Conference.
Kluane feels most at home in Yukon. She believes her values and abilities have been tremendously shaped by her experience working with community organizations such as the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre, Council of Yukon First Nations, and the Aboriginal Healing Foundation. She dances traditionally and is a member of the Dakhká Khwáan Dancers, Inland Tlingit Dance Group. Kluane continues to serve as Chair of the Kluane Dana Shaw Corporation, focusing on economic and business opportunities for the citizens of Kluane First Nation. She serves as a member of the Board of Governors for Yukon College and recently founded ‘Our Voices’- a collective of Northern Indigenous Emerging Leaders focused on creating positive change, and inspiring young leaders!