Heritage Regions Workshop

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

9am-4pm Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 | Old Fire Hall 1105 Front Street, Whitehorse

How can heritage resources contribute to community revitalization and economic development?

YHMA is coordinating a Heritage Regions workshop with Jim Mountain to complement this year’s Heritage Day theme, Main Streets: At the Heart of the Community. The one-day workshop will give participants an overview of the Heritage Regions program which provides an integrated approach to a region’s economy and culture and leverages the resources of multiple communities within it, with an emphasis on tourism. 

Participants will explore a variety of topics including land-based heritage resource management, identifying community heritage values and assets, and the contribution of heritage buildings and historic sites in healthy communities. The workshop will share examples and best practices on how to manage, promote and preserve local heritage resources as well as how to begin a community-led initiative.

YHMA acknowledges the support of YG's Historic Sites Unit and Heritage Canada the National Trust for this workshop.

Who should attend?

Community advocates for the preservation and promotion of local and regional history. This can include historical societies, First Nation heritage officers, municipalities, museums and heritage advocates. Members of the tourism community and others interested in place-based cultural tourism are also welcome to attend.

Participants are also invited to attend the Yukon Heritage Awards, taking place Monday, February 16th at the Yukon Archives. More information on the special event can be found here.

About the facilitator

Jim Mountain is Director of Regeneration Projects with Heritage Canada the National Trust. Jim has over twenty-five years of experience in the fields of heritage, culture and community renewal. This includes his early career with HCNT’s Main Street and Heritage Regions programs, where he helped establish Main Street projects across the West, and “Regions” projects from Newfoundland and Labrador to Vancouver Island. Most recently, Jim served as Cultural Developer at the City of Ottawa, where he assisted in developing the City’s Renewed Action Plan for Arts, Heritage and Culture. Prior to the City of Ottawa, Jim worked with Commonwealth Historic Resource Management Ltd. Since 1998, he has been a Sessional Lecturer with Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism on the subjects of heritage conservation and urban and rural sustainability. In his role at HCNT, Jim offers services and develops partnerships to help communities implement their regeneration initiatives, and leads demonstration projects that rehabilitate heritage properties while also meeting local needs, with the ultimate goal of providing national leadership and inspiration for the renewal of historic places in Canada.


Registration is limited: all participants will be required to register prior to the workshop using the following form:Heritage Regions Workshop - Registration Form.docx