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Naka Festival Events

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Contacts
 Monday, March 2
Opening Ceremonies
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
FREE

Join us for the opening of NAKA Festival with special guests, Dene storytelling, and a drum dance.  This will also be a special occasion to watch a documentary (4 years in the making) newly released: Edzo Akaitcho Making Peace with opening remarks by filmmaker Tony Rabesca, Tlicho Government and YKDFN on this historical animation that showcases the peace treaty established between the two nations. 

 

Aurora Love Film Screening

Doors open 6:45, sreening shortly after 7:00pm
Snowkings' Snowcastle
FREE

Part romance, part adventure and part spiritual quest, Aurora Love tells the story of two Japanese couples who travel to Yellowknife, NWT in search of the northern lights. Aurora Love is about looking for love and meaning in a dark winter world.

Aurora Love begins in frenetic Tokyo, the largest megacity in the world, where we meet honeymooners and a mother and son as they prepare for the trip of a lifetime. We follow them as they embark on a journey across the globe to Canada’s remote Northwest Territories in search of the aurora borealis. Will cloudy skies, cultural differences, minus 40° and fickle aurora dash their dreams to witness the greatest light show on Earth? 

Approximate run time of film is 50 minutes.

For more information: https://sagafish.com/our-projects/aurora-love/

 Tuesday, March 3
Concepts of Aurora Photography
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
FREE

Along with the thrill of experiencing the Aurora comes the reward of making your own really good photograph of Nature’s Greatest Light Show.   Naka Festival is pleased to host an aurora photo workshop, led by Yellowknife photographer, author and tour guide Bill Braden and guests. In this two-hour workshopyou will learn basic camera settings and technique along with stories and the science behind the aurora.  

 

NWT Arts Market
11:30am - 5:30pm
Centre Square Mall Upper Level
FREE

Join the Naka Festival hosts for a 3 day arts market by NWT Arts, Live Music, and a mini-theatre featuring Tlicho films will also be showcased, including: The Woman Who Came Back, Diiga Wolf’s music videos, Three Feathers, and The Tlicho Nation: Tlicho Online Store.   

 

Sealebration 2020

10:00am - 6:00pm
Centre Square Mall Upper Level (next to A&W)
FREE

Seal is an important part of Inuit culture, providing food and material to make warm clothing.  Come watch local artisans create beautiful artwork with sealskin! 

 

Exploring Above and Beyond: The Frontiers of Auroral Science
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
FREE

Join Dr. David Knudsen, one of Canada's leading space researchers and a professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Calgary, for an evening of science, technology and discovery. This presentation explores the science and splendour of Canada's Northern Lights and sheds new light on the important role Canadian researchers and Citizen Scientists (like you) are playing in the study of the aurora borealis. This exciting talk will illuminate some of Canada's past, present and future research objectives and introduce the latest missions dedicated to uncovering the mysteries of Earth's ionosphere, magnetosphere and the awe-inspiring nature of the aurora borealis and australis! Don't miss this spectacular evening of aurora science with Dr. David Knudsen at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre!

 Wednesday, March 4
Metis Day
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
FREE

Join the North Slave Metis Alliance and Marc Whitford as he hosts an afternoon of entertainment:

Wesley Hardisty Opening Performance

1:45pm Metis Dancers

2:00pm Kid Fiddlers

2:30pm Kid Jiggers

3:00pm-3:45pm Metis Dances with Wesley Hardisty

 

NWT Arts Market
11:30am - 5:30pm
Centre Square Mall Upper Level
FREE

Join the Naka Festival hosts for a 3 day arts market by NWT Arts, Live Music, and a mini-theatre featuring Tlicho films will also be showcased, including: The Woman Who Came Back, Diiga Wolf’s music videos, Three Feathers, and The Tlicho Nation: Tlicho Online Store.   

 

Sealebration 2020

10:00am - 6:00pm
Centre Square Mall Upper Level (next to A&W)
FREE

Seal is an important part of Inuit culture, providing food and material to make warm clothing.  Come watch local artisans create beautiful artwork with sealskin! 

 Thursday, March 5
Aboriginal Sports Demos
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
FREE

Join the Aboriginal Sports Circle for a two hour session of Aboriginal Sports!  Try your hand at activities such as the foot kick, stick twist, arm pull, and more.

 

NWT Arts Market
11:30am - 5:30pm
Centre Square Mall Upper Level
FREE

Join the Naka Festival hosts for a 3 day arts market by NWT Arts, Live Music, and a mini-theatre featuring Tlicho films will also be showcased, including: The Woman Who Came Back, Diiga Wolf’s music videos, Three Feathers, and The Tlicho Nation: Tlicho Online Store.   

 

Taste of the North
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
Ticketed Event

Four local harvesters present on trapping, fishing, sealing and syrup-making. Four local chefs prepare their versions of fish, rabbit, seal and birch syrup. That’s 16 bite-sized tastes of the north! Come with an appetite and an open mind to this fusion of culture and cuisine. (SOLD OUT!)

Tickets are $60 and available at: https://www.flavourtrader.com/event

 Friday, March 6
Northern Dene Astronomical Knowledge: Local and Regional Ways of Knowing
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
FREE

Join us on Friday and Saturday with Ph.D candidate Chris Cannon, co presenting with Fred Sangris, as he shares his extensive traditional astronomical knowledge within and across the north.  From a decade of learning from Dene traditional knowledge bearers from areas across Alaska and Canada, Chris brings an exciting look to the stars above us.

 

An Evening of Northern Dene Star Gazing
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Community Wellness Building, Dettah
FREE

Join us outside with Chris Cannon as we gaze toward the sky and view Chris's findings hands on.  A couldy evening will also be just as entertaining with a different presentation indoors.

 

 Saturday, March 7
Northern Dene Astronomical Knowledge: Local and Regional Ways of Knowing
10:30am - 12:30pm
Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
FREE

Join us on Friday and Saturday with Ph.D candidate Chris Cannon, co-presenting with Fred Sangris, as he shares his extensive traditional astronomical knowledge within and across the north.  From a decade of learning from Dene traditional knowledge bearers from areas across Alaska and Canada, Chris brings an exciting look to the stars above us.

 

Indigenous Cultural Gala
Doors at 6:30pm, Show at 7:00pm
Chief Drygeese Centre, Dettah
Ticketed Event

Yellowknives Dene First Nation (YKDFN) is proud to host the 2nd Annual Indigenous Cultural Gala on Saturday March 07, 2020 in the community of Dettah on Chief Drygeese Territory. YKDFN provides a safe place where various artist across the North are recognized in a meaningful and respectful way.  All artists involved are given creative freedom to showcase their individual art work throughout the night. The night is full of awe and magic with live entertainment and refreshments.

Ticket are $30 and available at Dettah Artisan Shop, Erasmus Apparel, and Ever Good Stuff Thrift Store.  Tickets also available at the door.

 

Enter to win a trip to Frontier Lodge!  Ballots available at every event, and the draw will be on Saturday, March 7th.  Attend the opening ceremonies for double the ballots!

Hours of Operation

Winter Hours effective following the Labour Day Weekend
until prior to the Victoria Day Weekend (September to May)
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Summer Hours effective following the Victoria Day Weekend
until prior to the Labour Day Weekend (May to September)
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Mailing Address & Phone Numbers

Yellowknife City Hall
4807 - 52 Street, P.O. Box 580, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N4

Switchboard - (867) 920-5600
Mayor/City Administrator - (867) 920-5634
Booking Clerk - (867) 669-3457
Municipal Enforcement (MED) - (867) 920-5630
After Hours (MED) - (867) 920-2737
After Hours (Public Works) - (867) 920-5699