Beaded Portraits

Adeline Webber

Adeline Webber

Adeline Webber was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon. She is from the Kukhhiittan Clan of the Teslin Tlingit Nation. Her Tlingit name is Kh’ayade, and her mother, aunties, and clan mothers taught her the traditional ways of her people. Adeline is married to Bill Webber and they have three adult children, Cindy, Wendy and William and two grandchildren, Stephane and Marissa.
In her career, Adeline worked in the Federal Government in the employment and training areas where she advanced to the District Director for the Public Service Commission of Canada. During her tenure with the federal public service, Adeline was recognized for excellent work and was a recipient of the Canada 125 Commemorative Medal, an Employee Recognition award and the Head of the Public Service Award. Though now retired from this role, she is busier than ever and maintains an active role in bettering Yukon. In 2018, Adeline was appointed as Yukon Administrator by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Adeline has spent her life being an activist. Since the mid-seventies, she has made a lifelong commitment to bettering her community in a variety of ways, and has served as a volunteer and/or director for a number of organizations, boards and corporations including: the Teslin Tlingit General Council, Kukhhiittan Clan Representative ( 2004-07), Skookum Jim Friendship Centre (1989 – 2004), Yukon Women’s Transition Home (2004- 2005) Yukon Indian Women’s Association Women’s Council (1975-77), Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council ( 2005-present) the National Association of Friendship Centres (2009- 2010) and appointed to the NAFC Senate 2011- present), the Yukon Hospital Foundation ( 2005-2007), Yukon Hospital Corporation and First Nations Health Committee (2005-2014) Assembly of First Nations Women’s Council (2006-2014) Native Women’s Association of Canada ( 2016 to present), the Gathering of Traditions Potlatch Society (1998- 2005), Indian Rights for Indian Women (1977-1979) the Training Policy and Trust Committee ( 1993-2000), Yukon Enrolment Commission ( 1989- 2005), Tle'Nax Ta'wei Group (Teslin Tlingit Council business and economic interests 2013-2016) and appointed President, and the Whitehorse Aboriginal Women’s Circle (2003-present).

For over 40 years, Yukon communities have counted on Adeline to volunteer and get involved in initiatives and activities that need support. Through her many volunteer avenues, Adeline has focused her involvement on improving health outcomes for Indigenous peoples, increasing the equality of Aboriginal women, and developing capacity and leadership to address important issues at the community level. She continues to be actively engaged in a diversity of volunteer work both locally and nationally.

Adeline has worked towards the recognition and acknowledgement of rights for First Nations people in Yukon and Canada and has been actively engaged as a strong advocate for Aboriginal women’s rights for over 35 years. She has done significant work in leadership development and violence prevention for Aboriginal women, and has worked as a volunteer to address the equality and empowerment of Aboriginal women. Adeline has championed women’s issues by speaking out and supporting training and development to empower women to deal with community issues.

Throughout her years of service, Adeline has been nominated for and been the recipient of numerous awards. On her retirement from the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre Board, she was made an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Society and in recognition of her participation and commitment as a volunteer she received the Keish Award; an annual SJFC award which recognizes outstanding service of volunteers. In appreciation of her volunteer work over the years, the Friendship Centre also nominated Adeline for the City of Whitehorse volunteer of the year award. , Adeline was recognized for her outstanding service and was awarded the Yukon Commissioner’s Award for Public Service. In 2011, Adeline became a member of the Senate of the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC). In 2012, Adeline was also the recipient of a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her years of service and advocacy.

More than all the places she has volunteered and the things she has done, Adeline is a role model and mentor in her community. She has worked tirelessly to build community capacity, support the leadership of Aboriginal women, and has been an auntie and friend to countless youth throughout the territory. She is a territorial treasure, and a testament to the strength and resilience of Aboriginal women.