Yukon Heritage Symposium

2018 Yukon Heritage Symposium

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Location: Yukon Transportation Museum (Whitehorse)
Time: 10 am - 4:15 pm
Cost: Free

Registration is now open for the 2018 Yukon Heritage Symposium! Join YHMA and your colleagues in heritage for a day of idea-sharing, learning, and connecting, with a focus on the theme of "heritage and lifelong learning."

Registration Form (PDF)
Registration Form (MS Word)


10:00 am - Welcome

10:15-11:15 am - PechaKucha Sessions
A fast-paced start to the day to get the ideas flowing and energy up - a series of presentations accompanied by 20 slides for 20 seconds each! Speakers/presentations include:

  • Alex Somverville (Dawson City Museum), Lifelong Learning: Cheap Like Borscht
  • Kaitlin Normandin (Old Log Church Museum), Navigating the New
  • Audrey Percheron (Association franco-yukonnaise), Stitches in Time: Yukon History Makers
  • Janna Swales (Yukon Transportation Museum), Taking Note of the Corners
  • Édith Belanger (Assocation franco-yukonnaise), Self-Guided Tours: Le Yukon autrement, partez à la rencontre d’histoires inédites
  • Murray Lundberg (Owner, ExploreNorth.com), Engaging people in Yukon history - My 20 years of Experimenting
  • Heather Steinhagen, Indigenize Wikipedia

11:15-11:30 am - Morning Break
Light refreshments will be served.

11:30-11:45 am - Update from Yukon Historical & Museums Association

11:45am-12:15pm - Break Out Sessions
Attendees will be able to participate in one of two group discussions:

  • Heritage Matters group discussion: Two heads are better than one, more heads are better than two! An opportunity to find answers to your burning questions and tackle sector-wide issues as a group. Participants are invited to identify topics of interest on the registration form.
  • Museums Unit client discussion: An opportunity for Museums Unit clients to meet in advance of the Museums Roundtable. Only open to Museums Unit client representatives.


12:15-1:15 pm - Lunch (provided)


1:15-3:15 pm - Workshop: Program(s) with Power!
Together, let’s map our way to a vibrant, engaging, well-programmed future! Facilitator Rhoda Merkel will share four decades of insights about ways to develop and deliver fun, educational, interactive programs with a focus on First Nation ways of doing and knowing.

Currently, Rhoda coordinates the Arts in Education program for Yukon Education, is an art consultant, works with teachers in all Yukon schools, and is an instructor with Yukon College in the Yukon Native Teachers Education Program. In this workshop, she will refer to the ‘Living in Yukon – Thriving in Life’ poster that she created as Yukon Education’s communication tool to engage with Yukon’s new curriculum.

Participants will also inspire each other with a show and tell of what programs are working for each of us, what resources we are using, and what resources we have that are available to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring examples.

Faciliator Bio
Rhoda is a Wolf Clan member of the Tahltan Nation, born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon.  Her love for creating has been a lifelong passion inherited from her mother, grandmother, and aunts, and from the many ladies who were associated with Yukon Native Products. As a First Nations artist she beads, sews First Nation regalia, tells First Nation stories, paints, and writes. She applies these skills when developing First Nation art-based curriculum, workshops and programs. 

3:15-3:30 pm - Afternoon Break
Light refreshments will be served.

3:30-4:10 pm - Open Forum
An open discussion period for folks to share their news, updates, and events, discuss upcoming projects, or anything else they’d like to share!

4:10-4:15 pm - Wrap Up

Please note that this schedule may be subject to change.


The Yukon Heritage Symposium is an annual gathering for the Yukon heritage community.

The Symposium provides an opportunity to meet and connect with others actively involved in the heritage sector across the Territory--from those working in museums and cultural centres, to heritage planners, historians and others. It's a chance to meet new colleagues and catch up with old ones, be inspired by new ideas and trends from outside of the Territory, and share knowledge and best practices on what works in the Yukon.

Heritage practitioners face significant and varied challenges across the Territory. Every day, Yukoners are finding innovative, creative and practical solutions to these issues. The Yukon Heritage Symposium is structured to encourage peer exchange on a number of topics and current issues of interest to the Yukon heritage community. By strengthening our community ties and drawing from best practices and lessons learned, the Yukon heritage community can work together to continue to inspire and share a passion for Yukon heritage.

Over fifty members of the Yukon heritage community from across the Territory attended our last Symposium in 2015. A big thank you to all our participants!


2015 Yukon Heritage Symposium - Event Program .pdf

2015 Update from YHMA.pdf

Community blogging in Yukon museums -Sylvie Binette.pdf

Digital Preservation - David Schlosser.pdf

Digital Strategy Development - Yukon Arts Centre.pdf

Developing an adaptable labour market.pdf