Yukon Heritage Symposium


The Yukon heritage community will gather this year in Dawson City during the week of October 20-24th. The week will feature a variety of events, workshops and activities of interest to those engaged in the protection, conservation and celebration of our rich and diverse heritage. In addition to sharing new and best practices, this gathering provides an opportunity to meet others actively involved in heritage conservation across the Territory.  

Heritage practitioners face significant and varied challenges across the Territory. Every day, Yukoners are finding innovative, creative and practical solutions to these issues.This year’s 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.

Who Should Attend? 

This year's gathering will have something for everyone! All members of the Yukon heritage community are invited to participate.

Preliminary Program

Below is a preliminary schedule of events: be sure to check back often for updates.

2014 Yukon Heritage Symposium - Event Program

 Monday, October 20th  all day

Museums Roundtableorganized by Yukon Government Museums Unit

open to Museums Unit clients 

 Tuesday, October 21st  all day Canadian Conservation Institution workshop: Archival Materials, organized by YG Museums Unit
 Wednesday, October 22nd  all day

CCI Workshop (continued), organized by YG Museums Unit 

7 p.m.

Bushman and things that go bump in the night: an evening of sharing stories of the unfamiliar! free, Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre

 Thursday, October 23rd


 all day


Funding Workshop: Strategies for resourcing your projects, programs and initiatives

Anticipating a budget shortfall and not sure what to do? Wondering how you can decrease your expense lines in this time of rising costs? This workshop will explore various strategies that heritage organizations can use to resource their activities. Everything from grant applications, donor and sponsor relations and fundraising will be covered. Get answers to your burning questions and share your own lessons learned! Led by Ross Burnet, Fund Administrator with Yukon Government

Heritage Happenings: Participants can share heritage news from their neck of the woods in this open forum

Update from Canadian Museum of History: Dr. Dean Oliver, a representative from the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa will share the latest news on developments at the Canadian Museum of History, including plans for the Virtual Museums of Canada program. The presentation will be followed by a question period. 

Program Evaluation Workshop: How to improve your programs and wow your funders!

Program evaluation is an often under-used tool that can help identify what is working well, what isn’t, and how to improve. The workshop will explore what goes into a good evaluation and strategies to incorporate program evaluation into regular operations. We will focus on practical solutions to real world problems: participants will have the opportunity to directly apply the teachings to their own projects and programs through hands-on exercises.Led by Jake Palecnzy, Director of Education and Programming, Yukon Wildlife Preserve

Update from the Yukon Historical & Museums Association: YHMA will provide an update on its current activities. Join others in the heritage field to discuss challenges and opportunities to the continued protection, conservation and celebration of our rich and diverse heritage.

7 p.m.

Myth-making, Canada and the Origins of the First World War: a public presentation 

free, KIAC Ballroom

For more information on the Museums Roundtable, please contact Brian Groves, Museums Unit Manager: brian.groves@gov.yk.ca or 867-667-3660.

For more information on the CCI Workshop, please contact Val Monahan, Territorial Conservator: valery.monhan@gov.yk.ca or 867-667-3431 

Travel & Accommodation

There are several accommodation options in Dawson: visit the Klondike Visitor's Association website for more details. 

For those traveling from Whitehorse, we are looking into organizing a bus shuttle: please contact us if you might be interested. 

Unable to Attend? 

YHMA will post an event summary and resource materials on our website following the gathering. We'll also provide regular updates via our Facebook and Twitter pages: be sure to follow us! 

Funding & Support

The Yukon Heritage Training Fund (YHTF) helps Yukon heritage sector workers strengthen their skill sets and increase their employability. 

Funding through YHTF is available to Yukon heritage sector workers to support travel and attendance at the event. Those wishing to apply are encouraged to do so for the special intake deadline of Monday, September 15th. Please contact YHMA at 667-4704 or info@heritageyukon.ca for more details.