Government of Yukon



FOR RELEASE
June 12, 2014

Yukon government supports museums and First Nation cultural and heritage centres

WHITEHORSE—The Yukon government is providing more than $1.5 million to Yukon museums and interpretive centres through two of its funding programs.

“The Yukon government recognizes the tremendous contribution made by the museums and First Nation cultural and heritage centres which preserve and interpret our unique history,” Minister of Tourism and Culture Mike Nixon said. “This investment assists with the operation of these facilities and the management of their collections, along with funding for specialized museum projects.”

The Dawson City Museum will receive $100,000 annually for three years though the Museum Contribution Program to assist with the costs associated with managing and operating the museum.

“Dawson City Museum is a dynamic facility that presents the history of the Klondike region with engaging, informative exhibits and vibrant programs,” executive director Laura Mann said. “This three-year agreement provides funding which allows us to continue providing an exceptional, high quality museum experience to visitors and Yukoners.”

The John Tizya Centre in Old Crow will receive $17,775 in funding through the Special Projects Capital Assistance Program for The Sound We See: Old Crow, a locally produced film exhibit for the centre. It will be made by local filmmakers working with mentors from Bite Size Media of Vancouver and the Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles.

The Sound We See exhibit is an excellent collaboration between professional filmmakers and community members who will share their stories about life in Old Crow,” Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation Chief Joe Linklater said. “Local film production not only adds dynamic elements to the John Tizya Centre exhibits but also reaches a wider online audience and enhances local film production skills. We’re proud to have Old Crow join other The Sound We See productions from Hanoi, Rotterdam and Los Angeles.”

Learn more:
Yukon Museums funding: http://www.tc.gov.yk.ca/museums_funding.html

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See backgrounder below.

Contact:

Elaine Schiman
Cabinet Communications
867-633-7961
elaine.schiman@gov.yk.ca

Heather LeDuc
Communications, Tourism and Culture
867-667-5318
heather.leduc@gov.yk.ca

Backgrounder

Museums Contribution Program – 2014/15

Nineteen museum organizations will share $1,171,000 in annual operations and management support through the Museum Contribution Program (MCP). The program agreements are renewed every three years. The MCP provides community museums, First Nation cultural and heritage centres and the Yukon Historical and Museums Association (YHMA) with funding for programming and administrative services, operating expenses and building and exhibit repairs or upgrades.
 

 

Museum

Amount of Support

1

Da Kų Cultural Centre

$100,000

2

Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre

100,000

3

Dawson City Museum

100,000

4

Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

100,000

5

MacBride Museum

100,000

6

Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre

100,000

7

Transportation Museum

100,000

8

Old Log Church Museum

61,500

9

Yukon Historical and Museums Association

61,500

10

Big Jonathan House

38,000

11

George Johnston Museum

38,000

12

John Tizya Centre

38,000

13

Keno City Mining Museum

38,000

14

Kluane Museum of Natural History

38,000

15

Tage Cho Hudan Interpretive Centre

38,000

16

Binet House

30,000

17

Campbell Region Interpretive Centre

30,000

18

Copperbelt Railway and Mining Museum

30,000

19

Northern Lights Centre

30,000

 

Total

$1,171,000



Special Projects Capital Assistance Program – 2014/15
 
Fourteen Yukon museums and YHMA will share $370,000 through the Special Projects Capital Assistance Program (SPCAP). SPCAP was established in 2006 and supports specialized and small capital projects such as joint marketing initiatives, artifact inventory and cataloguing, exhibit planning and development, collections management and revenue generation.

The Museum Funding Review Panel consists of museum professionals from across the territory. It adjudicated 24 proposals totaling more than $570,000 in funding requests for the SPCAP 2014/15 intake.
    

 

 Recipient

Name of Project

 Amount Allocated

1

Copperbelt Railway and Mining Museum

Collections review and preservation

$40,000

2

Dawson City Museum

Curatorial component of permanent exhibit

40,000

3

MacBride Museum

Lower Cowen exhibit planning

40,000

4

Yukon Historical and Museums Association

Cooperative marketing ventures

40,000

5

Yukon Transportation Museum

Collections 301

40,000

6

Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre

Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in artifact backlog processing

24,000

7

Da Kų Cultural Centre

Exhibit planning/development assistance

20,000

8

Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre

Reception and sales workstation/flooring project

20,000

9

Keno City Mining Museum

Sawmill shelter and artifact interp./labelling

19,993

10

Old Log Church Museum

Collections management policy and procedures initiative

19,577

11

John Tizya Centre

The Sound We See exhibit production

17,775

12

Kluane Museum of Natural History

Kluane Museum grounds improvement

14,085

13

Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

Journey with Our Hearts and Our Hands project

13,300

14

Binet House Museum

Binet House display planning/development

12,704

15

Northern Lights Centre

Colour photocopier

8,566

Total

$370,000

  
                                                                                                  
Grand Total: $1,541,000


News Release #14-151