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New information published about ancient bison skeleton found in Whitehorse
December 18, 2017 – In 2012, the discovery of a partial ancient steppe bison skeleton in Whitehorse sparked public interest. Now, the excavation results are being published and tell the story of a time long past.

New vault opened on Yukon Archives’ anniversary
December 12, 2017 – Yukon Archives celebrated its 45th anniversary yesterday with the opening of its new vault.

Yukon Winter Tourism Summit sparks discussion about enhanced winter tourism
December 11, 2017 – Premier Sandy Silver and Minister of Tourism and Culture Jeanie Dendys kicked off the Yukon Winter Tourism Summit on Friday, December 8.

DNA analysis of fossils found in Klondike goldfields leads to new horse genus
November 28, 2017 – Researchers have discovered a new genus of ancient horse and named it after a palaeontologist well-known to Yukon residents.

Placer miner recognized for lifetime contributions to Beringian research
November 20, 2017 – Placer miner Stuart Schmidt was recognized at the annual Yukon Placer Forum this past Sunday to honour his decades of support for Yukon palaeontology and Beringian research.

Survey of visitors to Yukon begins year-long tourism research project
November 1, 2017 – New year-long visitor survey gets underway in Yukon.

Yukon fossils shed new light on scimitar cat history
October 24, 2017 – Scimitar cat fossils found in Yukon help researchers to discover more about the history of these ancient predators.

New art exhibition explores themes of belonging, identity and sense of place
October 20, 2017 – New acquisitions to the Yukon Permanent Art Collection are now on display, including nine traditional dog blankets and a variety of other works.

First northern lights flight in Canada to take off from Whitehorse
September 12, 2017 – Once-in-a-lifetime northern lights flight to take off from Whitehorse.

Experienced artists receive professional development awards
August 25, 2017 – The Advanced Artist Award recognizes experienced Yukon artists.

Locals and visitors are getting a taste of Yukon's culinary industry
August 24, 2017 – Flavours of Yukon to be showcased during culinary festival.

Arts funding supports tours, celebrations and the creation of new works
June 23, 2017 – The Yukon government is announcing the recipients of fundnig for arts projects, tours and performances.

Community events celebrate National Aboriginal Day across Yukon
June 20, 2017 – June 21 will mark the first National Aboriginal Day since it was declared a statutory holiday in Yukon.

Local artists celebrate Yukon with new tourism banner designs
June 13, 2017 – The work of six Yukon artists is being unveiled on new tourism banners.

Beringia Centre celebrates 20 years of interpreting ice age Yukon
May 30, 2017 – One of Yukon’s most popular interpretive centres celebrates 20 years by bringing together some of the top Beringia researchers.

Museums funding supports projects to interpret and preserve Yukon heritage
May 23, 2017 – Funding programs for museums support 15 projects, including a new exhibit on renowned First Nation artist Kitty Smith.

Yukoners invited to explore their Yukon in month-long tourism campaign
May 19, 2017 – The Explore Your Yukon campaign invites Yukoners to become tourism ambassadors for the territory.

Saiga education days highlight antelope’s ice age past and present plight
April 25, 2017 – The Beringia Interpretive Centre is holding a two-day educational event for elementary students.

Funding programs support artistic exploration and creative communities
April 13, 2017 – Three arts fund programs are supporting a wide range of projects.

Yukon First Nation filmmakers attend Berlin film festival
March 22, 2017 – The Government of Yukon supports First Nation filmmakers participating in the Berlin International Film Festival and Marketplace.

Yukon fossil key to uncovering bison’s North American invasion
March 21, 2017 – DNA from bison fossil from Old Crow helps shed light on bison family tree.

Heritage projects promote Yukon First Nations language and oral history
February 22, 2017 – The Government of Yukon is helping to preserve Yukon's cultural legacy through the Yukon Historic Resources Fund.

Visual and performing artists present work to national and international audiences
January 27, 2017 – Yukon performers join pan-northern partners to present a contemporary interpretation of Canada's North.


Landmark exhibition includes new and historic art works
December 8, 2016 – An exhibition of the new acquisitions to the Yukon Permanent Art Collection opened today.

Friends of Mount Sima Society receives funding for pre-season training program
October 5, 2016 – Yukon government is contributing $145,000 to the Friends of Mount Sima Society to assist with the continuation of an early-season training facility for elite athletes.

Fund supports Filipino and African cultural festivals in Whitehorse
October 4, 2016 – Yukon festivals are sharing music, dance, food and culture with support from the New Canadians Event Fund.

Government of Yukon and Air North partner to promote the territory
October 4, 2016 – Tourism and Culture will match marketing expenditures made by Air North up to $75,000.

Yukon celebrates Canada’s 150th with pan-territorial cultural celebration
October 3, 2016 – Music Yukon will lead a pan-territorial event featuring performers, visual artists and athletes from Canada's North.

Aboriginal Curatorial Collective gathers in Yukon for the first time
September 29, 2016 – National gathering of Aboriginal curators provides unique opportunity to showcase Yukon First Nations artwork.

Yukon government supports young artists to develop artistic and business skills
September 29, 2016 – Northern Cultural Expressions Society artists will continue to build skills and contribute to Yukon's arts legacy.

Yukon’s first telegraph to tweet
September 28, 2016 – Today, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sent a message in Morse code from the historic telegraph office to Twitter

Community festival celebrates Yukon youth
September 26, 2016 – Everyone is invited to a downtown community street festival in Whitehorse being held in honour of the royal visit.

MacBride Museum receives $6 million to construct new building in downtown Whitehorse
August 30, 2016 – The Government of Canada and the Government of Yukon have provided matching funding toward the Museum’s expansion project.

Yukon government invests in local fare and culinary expertise
August 22, 2016 – The Yukon government has invested $15,000 to support the celebration and presentations of Yukon's culinary riches.

Magnetic North Theatre Festival enjoys huge success in Yukon
August 16, 2016 – 2016 box office revenues for Canada's Magnetic North Theatre were over $49K; the Made in Yukon box office was over $21K.

Yukon Walking Tour app launched
August 11, 2016 – Locals and visitors can take guided walking tours of three Yukon communities using a new mobile app.

Arts Operating Funds support community arts and culture
August 10, 2016 – Yukon visual arts, music, theatre and dance societies and community projects receive annual operating and project funds.

Yukon artists demonstrate their creativity and skill
July 25, 2016 – The Arts Fund is supporting a variety of hands-on arts projects and creativeactivities this summer.

Art gallery partnership launches in Carcross with support from Yukon government
July 14, 2016 – Through a collaborative project, the new Art House Carcross opened this month showcasing Yukon art and artists

Touring Artist Fund supports musicians and visual artists
July 13, 2016 – Yukon musicians and artisits are taking their projects on tour across Canada and to Europe.

Wi-Fi service now available at Whitehorse International Airport
July 12, 2016 – Passengers can now log into the network, called YXY-Public, to access the service anywhere in the airport terminal.

Ten Yukon artists receive Advanced Artist Award
July 4, 2016 – Senior-level artists working in a variety of media receive Yukon government support to further their careers.

Yukon government supports artists’ participation in Canada Scene
June 28, 2016 – In a partnership with the National Arts Centre, Yukon artists will particitpate in the Canada 150 celebrations in Ottawa.

New Canadians Event Fund available to support cultural projects and events
June 27, 2016 – The New Canadian Event Fund supports and celebrates Yukon’s diverse multiculturalism and is accepting applications.

Local filmmakers invited to produce Yukon digital stories
June 24, 2016 – For a third year, digital storytellers will encourage visitors to Yukon using unique video and original stories.

Explore Your Yukon event attracts more than 950 people
June 24, 2016 – Business, Yukoner and visitor numbers made this year’s Explore Your Yukon extraordinarily successful.

New exhibit explores the scientific discoveries of ice age Yukon
June 14, 2016 – The interactive exhibit features historic and current research, and scientific exploration.

Magnetic North Theatre Festival launches in Whitehorse
June 9, 2016 – The Magnetic North Theatre Festival opens in Whitehorse, providing excellent opportunities for Yukon's theatre community.

Cultural and heritage institutions receive support for special projects
May 30, 2016 – Government of Yukon continues support for museums and First Nations cultural centres.

Explore Your Yukon campaign launched at Whitehorse Visitor Information Centre
May 18, 2016 – Yukoners are encouraged to explore the territory and share their experiences on social media.

Yukon government announces support for First Nations tourism association
May 18, 2016 – The Yukon government provided funding for the Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association to attend Rendez-Vous Canada.

Improvements underway for Yukon tourism data collection
May 9, 2016 – Yukon government is undertaking a review of current trends in collecting tourism information.

Exhibit documents archaeological projects in Kwanlin Dün Traditional Territory
May 3, 2016 – The exhibit explores the traces of the past found in three archeological sites located around Whitehorse.

Touring Artist Fund supports dancer’s travel to Italy
April 21, 2016 – A Yukon dancer is participating in workshops and performances in Italy through the Touring Artist Fund.

Arts Fund supports 12 art projects, reaches milestone with 1000th application
April 14, 2016 – The Arts Fund supports Yukon film, theatre, music and art productions.

Yukon government and Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association sign a partnership agreement
March 30, 2016 – The Government of Yukon signed a memorandum of understanding and announced an increase in operational funding to YFNCT.

Yukon government continues investment in Yukon Now tourism marketing program
March 29, 2016 – Television commercials will continue to invite Canadians to “Come to my Yukon” through renewed Yukon Now funding.

Yukon museums and cultural centres receive boost to annual funding
March 24, 2016 – Museums and First Nation cultural centres continue to preserve Yukon’s heritage with support from the Government of Yukon.

Government of Yukon contributes to MacBride Museum expansion project
February 10, 2016 – The funds will be applied toward the costs of engineering, architectural design, site preparation and planning.

Advanced Artist Award supports another 13 artists
February 10, 2016 – The Yukon government supports Yukon artists work in poetry, film, dance and other disciplines.

Expansion to Yukon Archives vault announced
February 9, 2016 – The Yukon government is supporting the preservation of Yukon’s history by expanding capacity at Yukon Archives.

Tourism commercials invite Canadians to Come to My Yukon
February 1, 2016 – First Nations dance group perform at unveiling of Yukon tourism TV commercials inviting Canadians to Come to My Yukon.

Visitors to Ottawa’s Winterlude festival to get a taste of Yukon
January 29, 2016 – Government of Yukon and Air North partner to promote Yukon as a year-round travel destination.

Arts Fund supports new creative work
January 21, 2016 – Arts organization across the territory are receiving funding for theatre, dance, festivals and workshops.

Unique television partnership for Tourism Yukon project
January 19, 2016 – Episodes from the digital storytelling project will be broadcast on TV starting today in a unique media promotion.

Artists funded to tour sculpture, puppetry, film and music performances
January 8, 2016 – Yukon artists are receiving support to tour in Europe, Canada, the U.S. and Japan.