2013 Yukon Heritage Award Recipients Announced

The Yukon Historical & Museums Association (YHMA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 31st annual Yukon Heritage Awards. 

“These annual awards honour those that work to inspire and share a passion for Yukon heritage through protection, conservation, interpretation and volunteerism,” said YHMA President Marc Johnston. “YHMA is both thrilled and honoured to present these awards to our well-deserving recipients.” 

The 2013 Yukon Heritage Awards will be presented at an evening event on Thursday, April 17th at the Yukon Archives. Doors open at 5:30 pm and the event will commence at 6:00 pm. Judy Oberlander, a Vancouver-based heritage conservationst and member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), will deliver a keynote presentation to celebrate this year’s World Heritage Day theme of  “the heritage of commemoration”.

Art and Ione Christensen will receive the 2013 Annual Heritage Award for their work in the publication of Whitehorse: An Illustrated History. The book commemorates the rich heritage of modern Whitehorse, is an important discourse on the city’s diverse interests and will inspire future generations to continue this work of community building. It was made possible largely through the donated time and efforts of Art and Ione Christensen. 

Mary Bradshaw is the recipient of the 2013 Helen Couch Volunteer of the Year Award. Mary demonstrated extensive volunteerism for a heritage event in her coordination of the 2013 Canadian Museums Association Conference and to the Yukon Historical & Museums Association (YHMA) in her capacity as Treasurer on the YHMA Board of Directors. Throughout her three years on the Board, Mary was a positive and energetic team player, and has worked to build connections between the Yukon arts, culture and heritage sectors.   

The Tr’ondëk Hwëtch’in Heritage Department has been awarded the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award for their years of meritorious service in the preservation and interpretation of the unique and rich history of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in. This dedicated and talented group is a model for how heritage should be interpreted and managed and their collective work is an outstanding contribution to Yukon heritage.

The Kwänlin Dün First Nation has been awarded the 2013 Heritage Conservation Project of the Year by the Yukon Government Tourism and Culture Department, Historic Sites Unit. In 2013, the Kwänlin Dün First Nation finished restoring two Whitehorse area cemeteries. All of the work was conducted with respect and concern for the historic value of the heritage cemeteries. This conservation project illustrates the continuing connection between the Kwänlin Dün and the Whitehorse waterfront and protects this heritage for all Yukoners.  

Congratulations to all recipients!

More information on past recipients can be found here.