Government of Yukon

May 27, 2015

Cultural and heritage institutions supported through special projects funding program

WHITEHORSE—Yukon museums, First Nations cultural centres and the Yukon Historical and Museums Association will share almost $400,000 in project funding through the Special Projects Capital Assistance Program.

“These culture and heritage institutions contribute significantly to protecting and interpreting Yukon’s natural and cultural heritage,” Minister of Tourism and Culture Elaine Taylor said. “We are proud to support these institutions as they work to preserve the territory’s history for present and future generations and for our many visitors.”

The Special Projects Capital Assistance Program, established in 2006, provides financial assistance for joint marketing initiatives, artifact inventory and cataloguing, exhibit planning and development, small or specialized capital acquisitions, conservation and revenue generation. Funding applications are reviewed by a panel of three museum professionals.

“The Miles Canyon Historic Railway is grateful for the Department of Tourism and Culture’s continued support of our programs and facilities at the Copperbelt Railway and Mining Museum,” executive director Angela Drainville said. “This investment will allow us to continue to grow our services and improve exhibitions through planning and tour development.”

An additional $30,000 was made available for the Special Projects Capital Assistance Program in 2015/16. Approximately $340,000 was provided in project support, with $60,000 in supplementary funding distributed evenly to the museum unit’s 18 clients.

“This funding will help the Selkirk First Nation digitize it’s collection at the Big Jonathan Centre,” centre manager Teri-Lee Isaac said. “This work helps to ensure our artifacts and data are preserved and are safely stored for future generations.”

The Yukon government announced an overall increase in funding for museums and First Nations cultural centres in February to ensure their sustainable operation. Through the Museum Contribution Program, 11 museums and seven First Nation cultural centres will receive an operating funding increase of 10 per cent in the 2015/16 fiscal year and another 10 per cent in 2016/17, subject to legislative approval. With this increase, the overall budget supporting museums and cultural centres in Yukon in the next two years will have grown more than 300 per cent since 2002.

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Yukon Museums funding


See list of recipients below.


Elaine Schiman
Cabinet Communications

Stefanie Richardson
Communications, Tourism and Culture

Special Projects Capital Assistance Program – 2015/16 recipients


Name of Project

 Amount Allocated

Big Jonathan House

Artifact inventory and cataloguing


Campbell Region Interpretive Centre

Back deck replacement


Copperbelt Railway and Mining Museum

Outdoor exhibition/interpretation development


Da Kų Cultural Centre

Da  Kų feature exhibit development


Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre

Tr'ondëk Hwëchin oral history recording backlog project – phase 1


Dawson City Museum

Curatorial component of permanent exhibitions development


Keno City Mining Museum

Sawmill Shelter walls, windows and doors


Kluane Museum of Natural History

Equipment purchase and installation proposal


Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

Kwanlin Dün collections management and preparedness plan


MacBride Museum

MacBride education program expansion


MacBride Museum

Conservation 2015 - CCI implementation year 2


Old Log Church Museum

Multimedia and exhibition project: The Exham Years in Old Crow


Yukon Transportation Museum

YTM at 25: Moving Forward



Yukon heritage attractions – joint marketing 2015/16


Distributed evenly among the 18 Museum unit clients

Priority projects




Total: $399,530

News Release #15-190