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E-Bulletin | February 27, 2015


1. Yukon Government increases investment in Yukon museums

WHITEHORSE—The Yukon government is increasing funding to museums and First Nation cultural centres to help ensure their sustainable operation. The announcement was made by Minister of Tourism and Culture Elaine Taylor at last night’s Yukon Heritage Awards, an annual event hosted by the Yukon Historical and Museums Association (YHMA) in conjunction with Heritage Day.

Through the Yukon Museum Assistance Program, 11 museums and seven First Nation cultural centres will receive a funding increase of 10 per cent in the 2015/16 fiscal year and another 10 per cent in 2016/17, subject to legislative approval. The Special Projects Capital Assistance Program will also receive a funding increase.

“Museums and First Nation cultural centres are leaders in protecting, preserving and interpreting Yukon’s heritage,” Taylor said. “Our government values the work of these institutions and is pleased to increase funding in support of their continued operations.”

This funding is part of an ongoing dialogue with museums clients to enhance and restructure funding programs to better meet their needs. The Department of Tourism and Culture currently provides more than $1.54-million annually in operations and maintenance and special project funding to the organizations. This amount will grow to $1.69-million in 2015/16 and to $1.86-million in 2016/17. The YHMA was instrumental in identifying the need for the additional funding on behalf of its members.

“The Yukon government has responded to the call from museums and cultural centres operated by not-for-profit societies, municipalities and First Nations,” YHMA president Sally Robinson said. “We commend the government for taking this important step in addressing the sustainability issues of our heritage organizations. The increase will allow them to continue safeguarding and interpreting their heritage collections for the benefit of Yukoners and the visiting public.”

The number of clients receiving funding under the Yukon Museums Assistance Program has increased from eight in 2002 to 19 today. With the new funding increase, by 2016/17 the overall budget supporting museums and cultural centres will have grown by more than 300 per cent since 2002.

“We are pleased that the Yukon government recognizes that Yukon First Nations’ culture and heritage are in integral part of this territory. This increase in funding will ensure that the Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre continues to deliver excellent cultural programs and also continues to welcome visitors from around the world,” Teslin Tlingit Council Chief Carl Sidney said.

Museums and cultural centres are among the most popular tourist attractions in Yukon, welcoming more than 125,000 visitors annually.


Elaine Schiman
Cabinet Communications

Stefanie Richardson
Communications, Tourism and Culture


2. Heritage Regions Workshop

A big thank you to all who came out to the Heritage Regions workshop hosted by YHMA on February 17th! This day-long workshop was facilitated by Jim Mountain, Director of Regeneration Projects with the Heritage Canada National Trust. The workshop introduced participants to the Heritage Regions approach, which is a grassroots-led model that provides an integrated approach to a region's culture and economy.

A full report on the workshop, together with Jim's presentation, are available on the YHMA website here.
Photos from the 2014 Yukon Heritage Awards can be found here.

YHMA will be looking to follow up on some of the great discussions and ideas generated at our Yukon Heritage Symposium. This year's Symposium will be held in Whitehorse during the third week of October. More details to follow in the coming months!

3. Department of Canadian Heritage Launches the World War Commemorations Community Fund

How will you commemorate the world wars? As part of the Road to 2017, the Government of Canada is marking major milestones and battles and the social conditions that shaped the First and Second World Wars. These commemorations highlight the sacrifices of those who took part in these wars and provide opportunities for Canadians to honour those who contributed to the Canada we know today.

The World War Commemorations Community Fund is a year-long funding initiative that ends March 31, 2016. Funding is available in the form of grants and contributions for national and community-based commemorative and educational projects.  

Please see the attached letter from The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages regarding the World War Commemorations Community Fund.

More information is available here:

4. Call for Presentations
The Michaëlle Jean Foundation and the Carleton University Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences invite you to present at the third annual Power of the Arts National Forum: Sustaining Social Change, scheduled for November 6 to 8, 2015, at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ont. Please submit a 300-word (one page) summary of your proposed presentation, addressing the ways Canadians are researching and/or ensuring the sustainability of arts for social change initiatives, which relate or correspond to action items in the national plan. Click here for more information.
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