The N3 Arts Presenters Summit is honored to welcome respected Elders Ann Smith, Shirley Adamson, and Patrick Michael to this year's summit.

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Ann Smith will be honoring us with an Opening Prayer.

Ann Smith is of Tutchone and Tlingit ancestry. She is a member of the Wolf Clan, and makes her home in Whitehorse, Yukon. Ann’s name is synonymous with the weaving of Raven’s Tail regalia, robes, aprons, and bags. Ann refers to herself as a contemporary weaver whose work is based on traditional knowledge. Smith’s work has gained national and international recognition and has been included in gallery and museum exhibitions all over the world.  Ann was commissioned to weave a piece that was presented to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales.


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Shirley Adamson will be acting as Witness to the summit.

Shirley Adamson is an Elder of the Tagish Nation.  Her artwork incorporates paints, canvases, found objects, bones, feathers, glass beads, hides, and fabrics in the creation of her unique style of art.  By blending indigenous and contemporary mediums and styles her pieces convey a powerful message of cultural change.    Her work has shown at the Northern Front Studio gallery in Whitehorse and at Yukon College. She has a piece in the Yukon Permanent Art Collection and has collaborated with other beadwork artists on the installation commemorating missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls which is on permanent display at the Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre. Shirley has many canvases and abstract form pieces in private collections. 


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Patrick Michael will be acting as Witness to the summit.

Patrick Michael, a prairie boy, arrived in the Yukon from Alberta and Saskatchewan in November of 1977 for an envisioned two-year adventure.  He was accompanied by Janet Moodie, his wife-to-be, who came to be known as "the brains of the family".

Patrick served as the Clerk of the Yukon Legislative Assembly from 1978 to 2007 and also held the position of Chief Electoral Officer for Yukon from 1983 to 2007.  Feeling that his patience might be deserting him after associating with politicians for 30 years he retired in 2007.

He has since occupied himself with a variety of governance consulting gigs including stints with three Yukon First Nations and the Board of Trustees of the Yukon Hospital Corporation.  As well, many happy hours have been spent reviewing and reporting on the pay of Yukon's judiciary and legislators.  The good times never end as the YHC and the two unions for YHC employees chose him to be the Chair of the Pension Committee responsible for the employees' pension plan.

Patrick's contributions as a volunteer have been focused on the Yukon Arts Centre Corporation where he has been a member of the Board of Directors for almost ten years.  There is a delicious irony in this as he is incapable of carrying a tune, clapping in time or even drawing stick persons.   He, therefore, plays his part in the artistic world as an appreciative audience member and as an advocate for the artistic community being a big tent for safe conversations about important issues.

Not wanting to be seen as too narrow, it need be mentioned that Patrick has a broad array of interests outside of the arts and governance. These include attention to his responsibilities for the kitchen and laundry room on the home front (where his aka is "Chore Boy") and his passionate attachment to activities that involve pool cues and golf clubs.