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E-Bulletin | December 5, 2014

1. Report on 2014 Yukon Heritage Symposium
2. Call for Proposals for Community Memories Program
3. Yukon Cultural Labourforce Study - Now surveying
4. Old Log Church Museum receives designation status

5. Update on Heritage Issues

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1. Report on Yukon Heritage Symposium

Thank you, mahsi and gunalcheesh to all who participated in this year's Yukon Heritage Symposium! Over fifteen people came together in Dawson City to help build a community of learning and collaboration among those who work to protect, conserve and celebrate our rich and diverse heritage.  

For those who want to relive those memories (and for those interested in learning more), the report on the 2014 Yukon Heritage Symposium is now available on the YHMA website. Please click here for a copy of the report, presentations and handouts.

2. Call for Proposals for Community Memories Program

The Canadian Museum of History is inviting small community museums to develop online local history exhibits to share with all Canadians through the Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC).

To be eligible, your museum must be a not-for-profit organization, be an institution with no more than five permanent full-time paid staff, and have completed, if applicable, any previous exhibit financed by the VMC.

Community Memories is not a Grants and Contribution program. The Canadian Museum of History, which is responsible for the VMC, enters into contracts with participating museums for the creation of Community Memories exhibits.

The deadline for receipt of proposals is 27 February 2015 at 5:00 EST.
For all the details and to complete the proposal form, click here.
For further information, please contact

3. Yukon Cultural Labour Force Study - Now Surveying

The Yukon Arts Centre and Yukon Government have partnered together to undergo a study on the size and impact of the Cultural Industries labour force on Yukon’s economy.  This study is intended to provide a snapshot comparison to a report done in 2004 and looks to discover, understand, and address the shape of the industries, the challenges they face, and their size and impact on Yukon.  

We are looking to hear feedback from the entire community and the first step involves three surveys: a business survey, a NGO survey, and a cultural worker survey.  Our research team will also be visiting the communities to meet with stakeholders and leaders in the cultural industries for one on one discussions.

Links to both the NGO and cultural worker surveys are now available!
We ask that you take the time to fill out the survey and appreciate any and all responses. 
Click here to complete the NGO survey
Click here to complete the Cultural Worker survey
4. Old Log Church Museum receives designation status

Congratulations to our newest Yukon Historic Site, the Old Log Church and Rectory! The church and rectory, located on the corner of Elliott Street and Third Avenue, were built in 1900 and 1901 respectively and are among the oldest structures still standing in Whitehorse. Rev. R.J. Bowen designed and built the church in less than two months. Used for services up until 1960, the church reopened as a museum in 1962 and renamed the Old Log Church.

A formal ceremony recognizing the designation will be announced at a later date.

Please click here for a copy of the Yukon Government press release.

Want to learn more? Visit the OLCM website, or check out the Yukon Register of Historic Places to explore all Territorial Historic Sites (the Old Log Church will be added soon!)
5. Update on Heritage Issues

City of Whitehorse passes Grant-making Policy
Last week, the City Councillors voted to approve a new grant-making policy. In introducing a new sliding scale formula to calculate property tax rebates, museums and other non-profits may end up paying taxes to the City.

Representatives from the MacBride Museum, YHMA and the Yukon Transportation Museum spoke at last week's Council meeting. YHMA requested a delay in approval, citing concerns about the impact of the proposed policy and identifying ways it could be enhanced, such as multi-year agreements, a longer implementation phase and by offering exemptions, rather than rebates.

Links to recent news about the issue can be found here and here.

Repairs begin on Ross River Bridge
Following outcry from the local community and Territorial and national heritage organizations, earlier this year the Yukon Government reversed its decision to demolish the Ross River bridge. Announced plans to stabilize and repair the 70 year-old structure are now underway. 

The Ross River suspension bridge was constructed for the Canol pipeline in 1944. Although not designated a Yukon Historic Site, the bridge is one of the few remaining built heritage resources which directly relate to the history of the Canol pipeline. At over 300 metres in length, the structure is the longest suspension bridge in the Yukon and one of only two suspension bridges that remain in the Territory. The bridge is a local landmark and provides a link across the Pelly River to the Dena Cho Trail and other important sites.

Check out the 'Friends of Ross River Bridge' Facebook page for more information and photos of the work.

Links to recent news about the Bridge can be found here, here and here.
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