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Today, October 21, 2021, the Yukon Historical and Museums Association sent the following letter to the Honourable John Streicker, Minister of Energy, Mines and Resources, and to City of Whitehorse Mayor and Council regarding the so-called Purple Cabin at Sixth Avenue and Lambert Street in Whitehorse. This heritage building is at risk after the leaseholder was ordered to vacate the property.

"Dear Minister Streicker, Mayor and Council,

The Yukon Historical & Museums Association reached out to City of Whitehorse mayoral and councilor candidates with a series of questions relating to heritage and invited them to share their responses by Monday morning, October 18. The replies we’ve received are shared below, presented in the same order as found on the City of Whitehorse's official list of candidates. Candidates who did not respond are not listed.

Extended Intake Deadline: Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 5 pm PDT

Get funding for training projects starting November 1, 2021 or later - apply to Yukon Heritage Training Fund by Thursday, October 21 at 5 pm PDT! To review the complete HTF Policy and access application materials, click here

YHMA participated in Volunteer Bénévoles Yukon's (VBY) Whitehorse mayoral candidate forum on October 6. During this event, we submitted a question to candidates regarding the City of Whitehorse's Heritage Management Plan and Heritage Advisory Committee. Although there was not enough time for the candidates to answer all the submitted questions, VBY followed up with candidates and collected responses to YHMA's question, shared below.

On September 2, the Yukon Historical and Museums Association, along with the Canadian Museums Association and 10 other provincial and territorial museums associations, issued an open letter urging all party leaders to prioritize our sector. The letter included a short questionnaire asking the political parties to share their vision for Canada’s museums by September 13.

Do you read our e-bulletin, follow our FaceBook page, or are at all interested in what YHMA does? We want to hear from you!

Filling out our 5-minute survey would be immensely helpful for us, which you can find here. (

Twice a year, we publish a newsletter filled with stories, reports, and articles from the Yukon heritage community. We love being able to share these, and would love to hear your story!

Have you attended a captivating conference or workshop in the past couple months that you haven't been able to get off your mind? Maybe a passion project that you're dying to let everyone know about? Perhaps you've recently uncovered a piece of Yukon history that you'd like to share with your fellow heritage enthusiasts. Well, you're in luck!


**Updated August 5, 2021**

This summer, (safely) explore Yukon museums, cultural centres, and historic sites! Please note this is not an exhaustive list and hours may be subject to change. To have your institution's hours shared, please contact Lianne at

Date & Time: Tuesday, May 25, 2021, 6 pm until completion (est. 9 pm)
Location: North side of Robert Service Way from campground to Alaska Highway

On Tuesday, May 25, YHMA will be heading out to clean up litter along Robert Service Way as part of our fundraising activities. We're looking for volunteers to come out and join us for some fresh air, exercise, and socializing (from a minimum of 2 metres away!) while making a positive impact.

**Application deadline extended to May 10, 2021**

The Yukon Historical & Museums Association (YHMA) is seeking an engaged, self-motivated individual to join our team as Community Relations Officer, focusing on strengthening YHMA’s relationships with its members and other stakeholders, building a culture of philanthropy, enhancing the Yukon heritage community network, and raising the profile of YHMA, the historic properties we manage, and the greater Yukon heritage community with the public.