Government of Yukon

May 31, 2013

Fund supports community museums development

WHITEHORSE—Yukon museums, including First Nation cultural centres and one umbrella organization, are receiving funding for a variety of projects that will assist their efforts to preserve and interpret Yukon history. Tourism and Culture Minister Mike Nixon announced the funding at the Canadian Museums Association awards ceremony on Thursday, May 30.

“Our museums are dynamic cultural facilities and hubs for community gatherings throughout Yukon,” Nixon said. “Special projects funding ensures that museums continue to preserve their invaluable collections, maintain safe and modern buildings, and interpret our history with innovative exhibitions and programming.”

The Special Project Capital Assistance Program is providing $337,500 to support 17 projects such as artifact inventories, cooperative marketing ventures and building upgrades. A panel of museum professionals reviewed and graded applications based on how well the projects fit the program criteria.

MacBride Museum of Yukon History is receiving a total of $66,000 to complete four projects including network, wireless and communications upgrades; storage reorganization; expansion of museum school programs and the creation of paper and online gallery guides.

“These projects will contribute to MacBride Museum’s mission to be a dynamic community place for Yukoners to share their stories,” MacBride Museum chair Keith Halliday said. “Whether we are upgrading our infrastructure or exploring new ways of interpreting our collections, special projects funding makes it possible for us to continually develop our facilities and public programs.”

The Government of Yukon provides approximately $1.3 million in operational and capital funding to museums annually. Eighteen museums as well as the Yukon Historical and Museums Association are eligible for funding.

For more information on the department’s museum programs, visit


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Matthew Grant
Cabinet Communications
Heather LeDuc
Communications, Tourism and Culture


2013-14 Special Projects Capital Assistance Program recipients




Binet House Museum

Display planning and development


Big Jonathan Heritage Centre

Signage upgrade project


Copperbelt Railway and Mining Museum

Collections inventory and management


Da Kų Cultural Centre

Video display


Dawson City Museum

Archives description project


Keno City Mining Museum

Corp and Ryan Cabins roof upgrade


Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

Äjanátthá: Elders’ portrait project


MacBride Museum of Yukon History

Computer network replacement


MacBride Museum of Yukon History

Gallery guides


MacBride Museum of Yukon History

Education program expansion


MacBride Museum of Yukon History

Storage reorganization


Northern Lights Centre

Computer workstations for local and tourism access


Old Log Church Museum

Artifact inventory and cataloguing upgrade


Tagé Cho Hudän Interpretive Centre

Boardwalk extension for display viewing


Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Heritage

Artifact processing


Yukon Historical and Museums Association

Yukon heritage attractions joint marketing


Yukon Transportation Museum

Collections management



News Release #13-145