Submissions of First Nations graduation regalia for new exhibit sought

Jan 20 2020

First Nations graduation ceremony at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre in May 2016. Photo by Mike Thomas.


The Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre, Yukon Arts Centre and the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre are creating a:

Yukon First Nations Graduation Regalia Exhibition

Exhibition Objective: To create a stunning retrospective that celebrates the history, creation, and design of First Nations high school graduation regalia that will tour Yukon First Nations Communities.

Submission deadline: March 2, 2020




The partners, are calling for submissions from all Yukon First Nations Communities to help create a travelling visual arts exhibition that will celebrate the rich history of First Nations Graduations, a pan-cultural celebration that has been happening in the Yukon annually for 44 years.

The inspiration behind the exhibition is to provide the opportunity for our communities to showcase their unique representation of sewing and regalia making that has been created for this event. So much time, effort, love and pride is poured into every single vest, dress, head pieces, octopus bag etc., for Native Grad, this curated exhibition will give much needed visibility to this brilliant art and celebrate this significant event across the Territory.

This will be a travelling exhibit opening May 2020 at the Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre, and will travel to many Yukon Cultural Centres.  This exhibit will finish in the fall of 2022.

Items that can be submitted for consideration, include:

∙  Graduation Dresses/Regalia

∙  Vests

∙  Moccasins

∙  Jewellery or accessories that are a part of the outfit

Compensation will be provided for those pieces loaned for the exhibition

Pieces submitted must have been worn to at least one First Nation graduation ceremony

In addition, if you have the following that you would like to share for the exhibition, the committee is also looking for:

∙  Photographs

∙  Home Video

∙  Personal Stories

∙  Personal items that relate to graduation not identified above.

If you are interested in submitting an item for consideration, the committee is accepting high resolution photographs accompanied by a detailed description of the garment and the year worn. More than one item can be submitted.

If you have any questions please reach out to Exhibition Curator Lisa Dewhurst via email: or by phone at 867-333-6396 or 867-390-2246

Gùnáłchîsh, Mahsi Cho, thank you for your participation!