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Gwaandak Theatre Indigenous Summer Play Readings

June 19 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

2024 Indigenous Summer Play Readings – Dawson City, YT
Wednesday June 19th – 5:30 PM Start
KIAC Ballroom at Dënäkär Zho
Admission is Free / Donations to KIAC Accepted
*These readings are presented by the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture.
Reaching back, reaching forward…
Join Gwaandak Theatre for our Indigenous Summer Play Readings! This year, in a celebration of generational excellence, we are proud to be presenting two works written by Yukon First Nations playwrights: Constellation by Tyra Ashauntie (Selkirk First Nation) and Justice by Leonard Linkater (Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation). Throughout June and July, these readings will tour campgrounds and special events across the Yukon and – for the first time – we are excited to be presenting at the Great Northern Arts Festival in Inuvik NWT! This annual tour creates opportunities for emerging theatre artists, promotes stronger community connections, and showcases both new and returning Indigenous scripts to local audiences.
For the full tour listing, to find out more about the creative team, and to check content warnings, please visit: gwaandaktheatre.ca/indigenous-summer-play-readings-2024
By Tyra Ashauntie
Directed by Colin Wolf
Join the story of a group of four teenagers navigating life and their sense of self in a small Indigenous rural community. Winter comes back from the city for the summer and soon realizes she may not be as welcomed back as she hoped. She goes on to spend time with her group of best friends. Winter, Nunkra, Emma and Clem soon discover that things are not always as they appear the older they get as they butt heard doing their best to understand life. The four continue to march through the madness of their small town, growing up, dysfunctional families, and blossoming romances all while trying to stick closely together and to keep life the same as before. Will they stick close together as they have for years or will the pain of growing be too much for this friend group?
By Leonard Linklater
Directed by Isabelle James-Walker
A gripping drama that sheds light on a little-known part of our nation’s history, Justice is inspired by the true story of the Nantuck brothers, the first men to be hanged in the fledgling Yukon territory. During the Klondike Gold rush of 1898, Indigenous and European cultures came together with sometimes tragic results. The accidental poisoning deaths of two members of the Tagish First Nation led to a cultural misunderstanding and clash of justice systems far from the reach of the papers of the day. Yukon playwright Leonard Linklater explores divergent views of justice in this fascinating play.
Indigenous Summer Play Readings 2024 is funded by The Government of Yukon, Canada Council for the Arts, and The City of Whitehorse.
Funding for Gwaandak Theatre is made possible through the assistance of Arts Operating Fund – Annual Operating Component, Department of Tourism and Culture, John Streicker, Minister.
Thank you to Northern Vision Development LP (NVD) for their continued support of touring artists and to What’s Up Yukon for supporting our print and digital marketing.
We are also grateful to this year’s presenting organizations, including the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (Dawson City YT), Adäka Cultural Festival (Whitehorse YT), The Guild Hall (Whitehorse YT), and the Great Northern Arts Festival (Inuvik NWT). We also thank the Government of Yukon Environment | Parks Staff for helping facilitate the campground readings (Tombstone Mountain Campground YT & Twin Lakes Campground YT).


June 19
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Category:


Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC)


Age Restriction
All Ages
This event:
Is Alcohol-Free (Dry)


Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC)
902 2nd Avenue, Dawson City + Google Map
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