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E-Bulletin | December 19, 2014

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1. 2014 Yukon Heritage Awards - Call for Nominations

Do you know someone who has made significant contributions to conserve and celebrate Yukon’s heritage?

The Yukon Historical & Museums Association is seeking nominations for the 2014 Heritage Awards. The deadline for submissions is January 30th, 2015. The Award recipients will be announced on February 13th.The Awards will be presented in conjunction with a celebration of Heritage Day on February 16 at the Yukon Archives. Nominations are accepted in the following categories:

  • Annual Heritage Award
  • Lifetime Achievement in Heritage Award
  • Helen Couch Volunteer of the Year Award
  • The Heritage Conservation Project of the Year
  • History Maker

Nomination Package Criteria
Each nomination should be about 1-2 pages in length and include the following information:

  • Name and contact information of nominator (including telephone, email and relation to nominee)
  • Name and contact information of nominee (include organization if applicable)
  • Award category for which they are nominated
  • Description of nominee and how they meet the criteria of the Award category (here’s your chance to explain why this person or organization is deserving! Please provide as much relevant information as possible)

For more information on the nomination categories, please visit the YHMA website.
Submit your nominations by 5pm, January 30th to or by mail:
Heritage Awards Committee
3126 Third Avenue
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 1E7

2. UVic Collections Management course - one spot remaining

The Department of Tourism and Culture, Museums Unit is hosting a Collections Management course delivered by the University of Victoria, February 2-7, 2015 in Whitehorse. This six-day course is open to Yukon cultural centres, museums and heritage workers and can be taken for credit or non-credit.

There is one seat remaining for the course. Priority will be given to the cultural and heritage sector.
Contact Nyla Klugie-Migwans for more information:
Nyla Klugie-Migwans
Cultural/Heritage Training Coordinator
(L-1) Box 2703
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6

3. Young Canada Works - funding program deadline

The deadline to apply for Young Canada Works summer jobs and internships programs is Monday, February 2, 2015.

Young Canada Works (YCW) offers students and recent graduates the chance to put their skills to the test, build career equity, earn money for their education or get started on the right career path.

Eligible employers may benefit from wage subsidies and access to a pool of talented youth with innovative ideas and competitive skills. YCW subsidies to eligible employers enable the creation of around  2,300 job opportunities per year in the fields of heritage, arts, culture and official languages.

With a variety of exciting programs tailored to job seekers and employers, YCW offers the best of both worlds. So put a great idea to work and take up the YCW challenge!

For more information, visit:

4. Video: Remembering World War One

Follow the link below for an interview with local historian Michael Gates discussing the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One. The special originally aired on Northwestel as part of their Remembrance Day programming. 

Thanks to Northwestel Community TV and the excellent editing of Dave Hamelin!
5. New, Free Resource - Reconciliation in Canadian Museums

From Meg Pinto---For those of you who may be questioning how to address Canada's colonial history in your galleries and programs, in particular, the legacy of the Indian Residential School system, I wanted to pass along a link to my doctoral thesis, *Reconciliation in Canadian Museums* (see below).

It focuses on developing practical methodology for museums in Canada, and discusses the following subjects:
  • Understanding the implications of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the museum field
  • Understanding residential schools, the '60s scoop, and other key issues of which museum staff should be made aware
  • Understanding the effects of trauma on individuals and communities and how trauma directly affects the relationships between museum employees and Aboriginal communities
  • Examining standard museum methods for handling traumatic subjects and how these can have negative effects for those concerned
  • Revising Canadian history to move past the 'Nation-building' or 'Progress' model: developing integrated history galleries that can encompass both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal histories and worldviews
  • The concept of Healing Exhibits: examining successful ways of displaying trauma and assisting communities in recovery
  • Using the Circle as an encompassing methodology for working toward reconciliation in museums
Most museum professionals that I have spoken with have felt at a loss as to how to manage traumatic subjects within the gallery space and admit that this is simply not something that museologists have expertise in.  Yet, experimenting with what to do can be dangerous and risks re-traumatizing
those concerned.  Though this work is primarily targeted to museums that collaborate with Aboriginal community groups, it may also be useful for any small to medium sized museum focused on local history.

The full work is available for free download here:

Please address any queries to me directly at,
6. New Book -- Sharing Our Knowledge: The Tlingit and their Coastal Neighbours
Sharing Our Knowledge: The Tlingit and Their Coastal Neighbors 
Edited by Sergei Kan, with Steve Henrikson 
March 2015 584 pp. 6 x 9 135 images, 6 maps, 4 tables $65.00US/$82.50 CDN hardcover 978-0-8032-4056-8

Sharing Our Knowledge brings together Native elders, tradition bearers, educators, cultural activists, anthropologists, linguists, historians, and museum professionals to explore the culture, history, and language of the Tlingit people of southeast Alaska and their coastal neighbors. These interdisciplinary, collaborative essays present Tlingit culture, as well as the culture of their coastal neighbors, not as an object of study but rather as a living heritage that continues to inspire and guide the lives of communities
and individuals throughout southeast Alaska and northwest British Columbia.

This volume focuses on the preservation and dissemination of Tlingit language, traditional cultural knowledge, and history from an activist Tlingit perspective. Sharing Our Knowledge also highlights a variety of collaborations between Native groups and individuals and non-Native researchers, emphasizing a long history of respectful, cooperative, and productive working relations aimed at recording and transmitting
cultural knowledge for tribal use and promoting Native agency in preserving heritage.

By focusing on these collaborations, the contributors demonstrate how such alliances have benefited the Tlingits and neighboring groups in preserving and protecting their heritage while advancing scholarship at the same time.

To order, contact University of Nebraska Press:
c/o Longleaf Services, Inc.
116 S Boundary Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3808

Canadian orders toll-free: 1-800-565-9523
Receive a 20% discount on this book ($52.00 + shipping) when you mention discount code 6as15
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