Shirley Adamson is a member of the Wolf Clan and citizen of the Ta’an Kwach’an (pron: Taw-un Kwaw-chun) of the Tagish Kwan.
Currently Ms. Adamson is the Chair of the Táän Kwách'än Elders Council. She is apprenticing as a Southern Tutchone language and cultural instructor under the guidance of her elder brother, who is a master speaker. Ms. Adamson promotes the rights of Aboriginal Peoples, focusing on young people and elders. She's involved as the Elder with Táän Kwách'än Youth as well as "Our Voices" Youth.
Ms Adamson's elected and appointed positions include: Chairperson of the Ta’an Kwach’an Council; Yukon Vice-Chief of the Assembly of First Nations; Grand Chief of Council of Yukon First Nations, and she served as the CEO of Northern Native Broadcasting, Yukon and Chair of the Board of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. She is a Director with Northern Vision Development, a Trustee with the Yukon Hospital Corporation; Chair of the Lanalxh Prosperity Trust, Chair of the Yukon First Nations Languages Trust, and is the CEO of Keyah Productions Inc.
Ms Adamson is a former Board member of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (1999–2003). During her tenure, she sat on the Executive Committee, the Governance Committee and the Aboriginal Issues Committee, which she also chaired.