Government of Yukon



FOR RELEASE
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 www.tc.gov.yk.ca.

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Contact:

Matthew Grant
Cabinet Communications
867-393-6470
matthew.grant@gov.yk.ca
Heather LeDuc
Communications, Tourism and Culture
867-667-5318
heather.leduc@gov.yk.ca

 

2013-14 Special Projects Capital Assistance Program recipients

Recipient

Project

Amount

Binet House Museum

Display planning and development

$27,000

Big Jonathan Heritage Centre

Signage upgrade project

$3,500

Copperbelt Railway and Mining Museum

Collections inventory and management

$20,000

Da Kų Cultural Centre

Video display

$30,000

Dawson City Museum

Archives description project

$40,000

Keno City Mining Museum

Corp and Ryan Cabins roof upgrade

$14,000

Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

Äjanátthá: Elders’ portrait project

$30,000

MacBride Museum of Yukon History

Computer network replacement

$20,000

MacBride Museum of Yukon History

Gallery guides

$11,000

MacBride Museum of Yukon History

Education program expansion

$20,000

MacBride Museum of Yukon History

Storage reorganization

$15,000

Northern Lights Centre

Computer workstations for local and tourism access

$7,000

Old Log Church Museum

Artifact inventory and cataloguing upgrade

$17,000

Tagé Cho Hudän Interpretive Centre

Boardwalk extension for display viewing

$10,000

Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Heritage

Artifact processing

$20,000

Yukon Historical and Museums Association

Yukon heritage attractions joint marketing

$36,000

Yukon Transportation Museum

Collections management

$17,000

$337,500


News Release #13-145