Kluane Adamek

Assembly of First Nations Yukon Regional Chief
Kluane Adamek has served as the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Yukon Regional Chief since January 2018.

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Regional Chief Kluane Adamek (whose traditional name is "Aagé") is a proud citizen of the Kluane First Nation and belongs to the Dakl'aweidi (Killerwhale) Clan. She comes from a diverse background with Tlingit, Southern Tutchone, German and Irish origins. After completing her bachelors in Canadian studies from Carleton University in 2009, she returned home to work with Yukon First Nations and local communities in the areas of education, economic development and governance. She has held various roles in the corporate and private sectors and in government, including serving as an advisor to former AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo. While pursuing her Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship with the Walter and Duncan Gordon Charitable Foundation, she led and founded Our Voices, a collective of northern Indigenous emerging leaders.

Adamek is passionate about supporting youth and emerging leaders in the North and beyond. She advocates for changes in the ways young people and the next generation are included in decision-making forums, and she's committed to advancing solutions and approaching leadership from a place of values.

In 2019, Adamek completed her master's of business administration at Simon Fraser University. Throughout her career, she has served on a number of boards and committees, including the Yukon College Board of Governors, Kluane Dana Shaw Development Corporation, Actua, the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and the Aboriginal Sport Circle.

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