Champagne & Aishihik First Nations (CAFN)



Champagne & Aishihik was named after two of its historic settlements: Champagne located on the Dezadeash River and Aishihik, situated at the north-end of Aishihik Lake. CAFN’s native language is Southern Tutchone, a member of the Athabascan language family, which includes the Navajo, the Denes of NWT, and most Yukon First Nations. The Archives of Champagne & Aishihik First Nations is located in Haines Junction at the Da Ku Cultural Centre under the department of Heritage, Lands & Resources.

Address: 280 Alaska Highway, Mile 1016 Haines Junction, Yukon Territory

Telephone: (867) 634-4200

Hours of Operation:

  • Open Mondays to Fridays


Council of Yukon First Nations (CYFN)



The Council of Yukon First Nations have been in existence since 1973 and continue to serve the needs of First Nations within the Yukon and the MacKenzie delta. The Council of Yukon First Nations plays an important role in intergovernmental relations on behalf of Yukon First Nations as our mandate is to serve as a political advocacy organization for First Nations holding traditional territories, in the Yukon to protect their rights, titles and interests.

Address: 2166 2nd Avenue, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 4P1


Telephone: (867) 393-9200

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday 8:30a.m.–4:30p.m.

  • Tuesday 8:30a.m.–4:30p.m.

  • Wednesday 8:30a.m.–4:30p.m.

  • Thursday 8:30a.m.–4:30p.m.

  • Friday 8:30a.m.–4:30p.m.

  • Saturday Closed

  • Sunday Closed


Dawson City Museum (DCM)



Located on the second floor of the Dawson City Museum, the Klondike History Library & Archives offers visitors access to a wide variety of original archival documents, reference materials and services. Knowledgeable staff are available to assist on-site researchers, or to conduct remote research requests for a fee of $30 / hr. 



Other records available through the Klondike History Library include: mining records, municipal records, mortuary and cemetery records, church records, NWMP records, biographical and subject based reference files, historic structures inventories, gazetteers, postal records, rare books, historic newspapers, personal archives, social organizations archives and corporate archives.

How to get access to holdings:

Researchers who wish to access our reference collection may do so at any time during regular Museum hours. Researchers who wish to access original archival material are asked to contact the archivist to make an appointment before their visit.

Reproduction services include photocopying and microfilm scanning. Our extensive collection of archival photographs can also be searched and ordered online. Please use the search box below, or email us for more information.

Other Finding aids or documentations available:


Address: Old Territorial Administration Building at 595 Fifth Avenue. Box 303
Dawson City, YT Y0B 1G0, CANADA




Telephone: 867-993-5291 x 21 

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday 10:00a.m.–6:00p.m.

  • Tuesday 10:00a.m.–6:00p.m.

  • Wednesday 10:00a.m.–6:00p.m.

  • Thursday 10:00a.m.–6:00p.m.

  • Friday 10:00a.m.–6:00p.m.

  • Saturday 10:00a.m.–6:00p.m.

  • Sunday 10:00a.m.–6:00p.m.


First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun (NND)



NND staff have been working for many years to document oral histories and traditional for various purposes including land claims, place name documentation, Peel Watershed Land Use Planning process, Ddhaw Ghro Habitat Protection area, Devil’s Elbow Habitat Protection Area and other projects as required. This information exists in various forms in our collection and our staff is working closely with Lands Department staff to ensure that this information is documented and used according to our Traditional Knowledge Guidelines (Spring 2008). We continue to use this information for our purposes as well to contribute to other processes such as applications through YESAB, collaborative research and other partnerships.


Address: 101 Future Rd. Box 220, Mayo, YT Y0B1M0


Telephone: (867) 996-2265, ext. 116

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday to Friday 8:30a.m.- 4:30p.m.


Kluane First Nation (KFN)




It is the vision of the Kluane First Nation to create a healthy, happy and economically stable community.  Our ideal community would be free of crime and abuse of any kind and our people would go about their day to day activities in a spirit of gentleness and cooperation.  In our ideal community, families would work together to help each other and our Culture would be shared with our children.  We recognize we must live in a modern world as well and will prepare our youth to love and respect our heritage while at the same time gaining the skills to survive in a modern world.


In order to achieve the long term vision, our mission is to build political and administrative systems of governance that will respect and value the past and still be able to communicate and participate with modern government structures.

Address: PO Box 20, Burwash Landing, Yukon, Canada  Y0B 1V0


Telephone: (867) 841-4274

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday to Friday 9:00a.m.- 5:00p.m.


Kwanlin Dun First Nation (KDFN)



Kwanlin: Running water through canyon

We are the Citizens of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation living together in the Traditional Territory of the Kwanlin Dün First Nation. We acknowledge the Tagish Kwan as the original people who live and occupy the lands within the Traditional Territory, which lie at the headwaters of the Yukon River. For many generations, our people have lived along the Chu Nínkwän (today, the Yukon River).

Linguistically, the Kwanlin Dün are affiliated with the Southern Tutchone Tribal Council. The Kwanlin Dün include people of Southern Tutchone, Tagish and Tlingit descent. A large part of the Kwanlin Dün citizens live in the Whitehorse area, with the balance dispersed throughout Canada, the U.S. (predominantly Alaska) and abroad. 


Address: 35 McIntyre Drive, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5A5


Telephone: (867) 633-7800

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday to Friday 8:30a.m.- 4:30p.m.


Library & Archives Canada (LAC)

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Library and Archives Canada’s (LAC) collection is the shared documentary heritage of all Canadians and spans the entire history of our country. The collection contains materials in all types of formats from across Canada and around the world that are of interest to Canadians.




Our vast collection, assembled over the past 140 years, includes the following:

  • some 20 million books published in various languages, from rare artists' books and first editions to literary classics and popular fiction;

  • 250 linear kilometres of government and private textual records;

  • more than 3 million architectural drawings, plans and maps, some dating back to the early 16th century;

  • about 5 billion megabytes of information in electronic format, including thousands of Canadian theses, periodicals and books available online;

  • nearly 30 million photographic images, including prints, negatives, slides and digital photos;

  • more than 90,000 films, including short and full-length films, documentaries and silent films, dating as far back as 1897;

  • more than 550,000 hours of audio and video recordings;

  • over 425,000 works of art, including watercolours, oil paintings, sketches, caricatures and miniatures, some dating back to the 1600s; as well as medals, seals, posters and coats of arms;

  • approximately 550,000 items constituting the largest collection of Canadian sheet music in the world; documentation related to music in Canada; and recordings on disks and records of all formats, including piano rolls, reels and spools, and eight-track tapes;

  • the Canadian Postal Archives;

  • textual archives for various individuals and groups who have contributed to Canada's cultural, social, economic and political development;

  • national newspapers from across Canada, from dailies to student newspapers, and from Aboriginal magazines to ethnic community newsletters

How to get access to holdings:

Collections Search: 

Address:  395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0N4


  • 613-996-5115

  • 1-866-578-7777

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday to Friday 9:00a.m.- 4:00p.m. (Operation Hours varies. Please check hours prior to visit)


MacBride Museum of Yukon History



MacBride Museum is more than a museum. We are an archive, a centre for learning and a community meeting place. MacBride Museum illustrates and preserves the Yukon’s history. MacBride Museum is a non-profit society with charitable status. We rely on the financial support of individuals and corporations to put forth a rich variety of programs and exhibits, and to care for our community’s valued collections.

Vision & Mission

MacBride Museum is a non-profit society with charitable status. We rely on the financial support of individuals and corporations to put forth a rich variety of programs and exhibits, and to care for our community's valued collections.


In 1950, a group of far-sighted Yukoners dedicated to the preservation of heritage started the Yukon Historical Society, the first organization of its kind in the Territory. Co-founder William MacBride was an employee of the White Pass & Yukon Route Company, and was able to salvage outdated transportation equipment for posterity.

The Yukon Historical Society soon acquired the unoccupied Government Telegraph Office, built in 1900 and still located on its original site. In the 1960s this building housed the growing collection, and was open to the public as a museum during the summer. Volunteers were responsible for all the activities of the YHS and later the MacBride Museum Society until the mid-1980s when the first curator/director was hired.


MacBride Museum holds a collection of nearly 30,000 artifacts, documents, and photographs. The museum collects items that are of historical significance to Yukon and Yukoners.

MacBride Museum cares for more than 37,000 significant photographs, documents and objects. 

Address:  1124 Front St. Whitehorse, 
Yukon Canada Y1A 1A4 


Telephone: (867) 667-2709 

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday to Friday 10:00a.m.- 4:00p.m.


Old Log Church Museum (OLCM)

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The Old Log Church is a place of heart, soul and passion. Here you will uncover fascinating stories and hidden treasures of Yukon’s early pioneers and missionaries.

In this place, you will discover the passion, conviction and determination of the men and women who helped shape Yukon’s history.

Our Mission is to foster appreciation and understanding of the pivotal role played by the church in the Yukon since 1861.

Our vision is of the Old Log Church Museum as a unique entity, a gateway to understanding the historical relationship between the Church and people of the Yukon.

The Yukon Church Heritage Society Mandate is to govern and operate the Old Log Church Museum. The Society exists to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit historical material of the church in the Yukon through museums, historical buildings and display situations.
The Society also provides literature and information regarding the collections.

Address:  Corner of 3rd Avenue and Elliott Street
Whitehorse, Yukon


Telephone: 867-668-2555

Hours of Operation:

  • Summer hours
    Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm
    Sunday 12pm to 4pm

  • Winter hours
    Open by appointment


Selkirk First Nation (SFN)



'We, the Selkirk People, exercise our inherent right of Self Government, and having aboriginal rights, title and interest since the beginning of time in a vast area of land, provide for ourselves a basis for our First Nation, for our law and for our government, in order to assure for ourselves today and for countless generations in the future, protection of our language and culture, and a life that fulfills our uniqueness as human beings and sustains our well being.'

-Selkirk First Nation Constitution Preamble-

Long ago, the people of the Selkirk First Nation were known as the Hucha Hudan people, meaning Flatland People. The reason for the Flatland name was because of the landscape in Fort Selkirk, where the land is flat on both sides of the river. Although the modern world has made its footprint in our lives, we still rely heavily on the land for survival.

Our citizenship population is approximately 671 and growing every year. About 40% of the citizens reside in Pelly Crossing while the other 60% live elsewhere in the Yukon and across Canada. 

Through our rich history, culture and traditions, we, the Selkirk people, are striving to become a self-sufficient First Nation. Since the beginning of time, our people have used our land for healing, nurturing and guidance. Our footsteps today still walk alongside our ancestors in practicing our traditional lifestyles and will continue for generations to come.

The Northern Tutchone people have their own way of social organization, which is known as the clan system. There are two clans: Wolf and Crow. Clan membership is based on the mother, which means a child belongs to its mother’s clan. Whatever clan a person was born into, this is the clan that they will have throughout their lives. The clans represent who we are, our connection to other families and our connections to our environment.

 The Northern Tutchone people’s society was based on the concept of the group – emphasis was not placed on the individual but the community as a whole.

Elders were, and continue to be, the threads of our community, holding it together. Their roles are an extensive list of responsibilities that assist in the safekeeping of the traditional cultural ways.

Elders hold knowledge and are our history keepers. 

Address: Selkirk First Nation
Box 40 Pelly Crossing, YT Y0B 1P0


or Heritage

Telephone: (867) 537-3331

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday: 9a.m.–5p.m.

  • Tuesday9a.m.–5p.m.

  • Wednesday9a.m.–5p.m.

  • Thursday9a.m.–5p.m.

  • Friday9a.m.–5p.m.

  • Saturday Closed

  • Sunday Closed


Ta'an Kwach'an Council (TKC)



To provide, promote, protect and sustain a healthy, strong lifestyle for our Citizens and future generations consistent with the traditional values of the Ta’an Kwäch’än.


Our vision for the citizens of the Ta’an Kwäch’än is for the preservation, balance and harmony of our traditional territory. We will honour, respect, protect and care for our environment, people, economy and traditional culture as practiced by our elders. We encourage our citizens to participate in the well-being of our nation by building a unified, healthy and self-reliant community. The Ta’an Kwäch’än Council will recognize all its citizens as equals and will respect the free expression of their views. The leadership will be responsible and accountable to its citizens and govern in an open and cooperative manner. Our vision is to build a diverse economy which will provide security, stability and wealth to sustain our self-governing nation.


The mission of our Citizens and its government is to provide, promote, protect and sustain a healthy and strong lifestyle for our Citizens and future generations consistent with the traditional values of the Ta’an Kwäch’än, through governing our natural, human and financial resources effectively.

The Heritage Branch has a broad mandate and plays a central role in all aspects of Ta’an Kwäch’än heritage, including language programs, traditional skills and arts, historical research and heritage site management.


The Ta’an Kwäch’än take their name from Tàa’an Män (Lake Laberge) in the heart of their traditional territory. Their ancestral lands extended north to Hootalinqua at the confluence of the Yukon and Teslin Rivers, south to Marsh Lake, west to White Bank Village at the confluence of the Takhini and Little Rivers, and east to Winter Crossing on the Teslin River.

Address:  117 Industrial Road, Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2T8



Telephone: (867) 668-3613

Hours of Operation:


Teslin Tlingit Council Heritage (TTC)



Our Goals: To create a documentary record of Teslin Tlingit cultural practices in Tlingit and English. This record will be used to promote awareness, appreciation and understanding of Teslin Tlingit heritage, culture and history. Preserving traditional knowledge will support the management of resources within the Traditional Territory. In addition, it will assist visitors to heritage sites and the Heritage Centre with their interpretation of Teslin Tlingit heritage.

To bring about integrated knowledge and competence related to land based skills, language, history and culture in 75% of Citizens under the age of 55. By delivering a consistent, quality series of heritage and culture programs, individuals will build on their self-esteem, knowledge, and skills through increased connection to their culture and history. This will bring about improved health and wellness in addition to improved relationships with others and the land.

To design and implement a management plan for documentation and restoration of heritage sites and Tlingit artefacts. The assessment and planning of heritage sites across the traditional territory will help focus immediate, medium and long-term priorities for action, and will play a key role in leveraging financial resources.

To increase visitor numbers and experiences at the Heritage Centre.

Address:  Teslin Tlingit Council, Box 133, Teslin, Yukon, YOA 1B0


Telephone: 867-390-2532, ext. 330

Hours of Operation:


Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation (THFN)



The Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in are a Yukon First Nation based in Dawson City. The citizenship of roughly 1,100 includes descendants of the Hän-speaking people, who have lived along the Yukon River for millennia, and a diverse mix of families descended from Gwich’in, Northern Tutchone and other language groups.

The Heritage Department is responsible for managing, protecting and presenting TH heritage resources. This includes land-based research, traditional-knowledge protection, seasonal archeology projects, documentation of oral histories, storage of heritage material, development of significant heritage sites, Hän language documentation and programming and operation of the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre.

Address:  Main Administration Building, 1242 Front Street, PO Box 599, Dawson City, YT Y0B 1G0


Telephone: 867-993-7100

Hours of Operation:

Monday to Fridays 8:30a.m -4:30p.m.


Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (VGFN)



Heritage Resources Branch
"To preserve, protect, document and promote the culture and language of the Vuntut Gwitchin." The Heritage Branch consists of four full time staff members and a number of part time or seasonal professionals.

Address: P.O. Box 94, Old Crow, Yukon, Canada, Y0B 1N


Telephone: (867) 966-3261 ext. 270

Hours of Operation:

Monday to Fridays 8:30a.m -4:30p.m.

White River First Nation (WRFN)



The White River First Nation (WRFN) is a First Nation in the western Yukon Territory in Canada. Its main population centre is Beaver Creek, Yukon. The language originally spoken by the contemporary membership of the White River First Nation were the Athabaskan languages of Upper Tanana, whose traditional territory extends from the Slims River into neighbouring Alaska, and Northern Tutchone, whose traditional territories included the lower Stewart River and the area south of the Yukon River on the White and Donjek River drainages. Closely related through traditional marriages between various local bands, these two language groups were merged by the Canadian government into a single White River Indian Band in the early 1950s for administrative convenience. In 1961 the White River Band was amalgamated by the Canadian government with the Southern Tutchone speaking members of the Burwash Band at Burwash on Kluane Lake as the Kluane Band (subsequently the Kluane Tribal Brotherhood and then the Kluane Tribal Council).

Address: Beaver Creek, YT Y0B 1A0


Telephone: (867) 862-7802

Hours of Operation:

Monday to Fridays 8:30a.m.-4:30p.m.


Government of Yukon Archives (YA)

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The Yukon Archives acquires, preserves, and provides access to the Yukon's documentary heritage. Photocopy, map and photograph reproduction services are available.

The Archives can also order reference material for patrons from other institutions through inter-library loan.


If you are unable to visit the Archives in person, reference assistance is available through correspondence. The Archives also offers periodic lecture series, film showings, displays, radio broadcasts, and newspaper articles on selected topics in Yukon history.


Yukon Archives collects through donations from citizens, corporations, societies, associations and municipalities, as well as items from library sources such as publishers or retail outlets. Yukon Government records are transferred to the Archives through the Yukon Government records management program. In order to be accepted, materials offered to the Archives must be consistent with our mandate.

Several subjects or themes within our mandate have been a focus of Yukon Archives acquisition efforts over past decades. These subject areas include:

  • the Klondike Gold Rush

  • the Alaska Highway and Canol Road

  • northern oil and gas research and development

  • cold climate research

  • the ethnography, science, and development of the circumpolar north where there is relevance to Yukon and Yukon issues

Our institution holds unique and original records of all types, including letters, diaries, manuscripts, photographs, films, videos, sound recordings, maps, and architectural drawings. In addition, the Archives Library acquires a wide assortment of current and retrospective materials including fiction and non-fiction books, community newspapers, newsletters, periodicals, and federal, territorial and municipal government publications. Yukon Archives acquires these materials in all media and formats.


Address: 400 College Drive
Yukon Place (Beside Yukon College) P.O. Box 2703 (L-6) 
Whitehorse, Yukon


Telephone: 867-667-5321 

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday and Wednesday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
1:00 pm to 9:00 pm
10:00 am to 1:00 pm and
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Sunday and Monday


Yukon College (YC)



Yukon College traces its history to the founding in 1963 of the Whitehorse Vocational and Technical Training Centre (soon after renamed the Yukon Vocation and Training Centre), located on the banks of the Yukon River just southeast of downtown Whitehorse. College status was granted in the spring of 1983 when the Yukon Vocational and Technical Training Centre became Yukon College.

In June 1988, the College moved its Whitehorse campus to the new facility at Yukon Place, alongside the Yukon Arts Centre and the Yukon Archives.

The new campus was officially opened with a potlatch in October 1988, at which the College was given to the people of the Yukon. First Nations people of the territory were represented by Mrs. Angela Sidney and Mr. George Dawson.

Mrs. Sidney, whose mother tongue was Tagish, was asked to give the Whitehorse campus a First Nations name. She began by describing how her father’s people had built a killer whale house on the banks of a river, and then had to move it when they discovered that the house was too close to the river bank. Observing the similarity between the killer whale house and the main campus, she named the College, Ayamdigut (Ay Am Da Goot), a Tlingit name which means “she got up and went.”

Address: 500 College Drive, PO Box 2799
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 5K4



  • (867) 668-8800

  • 1-800-661-0504

Hours of Operation:



Yukon Historical & Museums Association (YHMA)



The Yukon Historical & Museums Association was established in 1977 by a group of concerned and passionate individuals to create a united voice for understanding and promoting heritage and history in the Yukon. We keep apprised of issues and advocate on behalf of the Yukon’s heritage and heritage sector.

We continue to build a learning environment for history and culture and the development of skills and best practices in the heritage sector. We share knowledge with the Yukon heritage community and support each other in protection and conservation projects. Most of our activities are collaborations and partnerships. Many of our events and programs honour those in the heritage sector that are dedicated to our vision.

The YHMA is a territorially-incorporated Society and a registered charitable organization.

Address: Historic Donnenworth House, 3126 Third Avenue
Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 1E7


Telephone:  (867) 667-4704

Hours of Operation:

Open 7 Days a Week 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.


Yukon Heritage Resource Board (YHRB)

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The Yukon Heritage Resources Board (YHRB) is a land claims implementation board established in 1995 under the terms of Chapter 13 of the Umbrella Final Agreement (UFA). The duties and responsibilities of the Board are outlined in the Yukon First Nation Final Agreements, the Yukon's Historic Resources Act, and Yukon First Nation Heritage Acts.

he Board is mandated to make recommendations to the federal and territorial Ministers responsible for heritage and to Yukon First Nations regarding the preservation, designation, and management of heritage resources and sites in the Yukon. The YHRB may also be asked to make determinations related to the ownership of certain heritage resources, pursuant to and 13.3.6 of the Final Agreements.

Address: 509 A Strickland Street, Whitehorse, Yukon


Telephone: (867) 668-7150

Hours of Operation:


Yukon Transportation Museum (YTM)



Yukon character is glimpsed through the stories of people moving themselves, their possessions, and their ideas through the vast landscape and its ever changing seasons.

The Yukon Transportation Museum brings to life transportation history in the Yukon. Follow the stories of the early bush pilots as they struggled to make community access easier. Hike the Chilkoot trail alongside the intrepid stampeders as they forged their way by boat, foot and train to make it to the storied riches of Yukon’s Klondike gold fields. Hear the tales of the people that shaped the Alaska Highway, the road still essential to life in Canada’s famous Yukon. At the Yukon Transportation Museum you will see, read, and hear about the rich history of the north through lively stories and the interesting, detailed and surprising size of displays.

These are the stories of love, loss, riches, ingenuity, devastation, adventure, fear, separation, and joy.  They show us how and why people have been moving over this land for thousands of years.


The Yukon Transportation Museum’s mission is to tell stories of Yukoners’ ingenuity and self ­sufficiency through the history of transportation in the Yukon.


Our mandate is to identify, acquire, preserve and conserve the history, cultural material and artifacts of Yukon’s transportation modes and to interpret this history in an educational manner for all Yukoners and visitors alike. 

Address: 30 Electra Crescent
Whitehorse, Yukon  Y1A 0M7 Canada


Telephone: (867) 668-4792

Hours of Operation:

  • Monday 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Tuesday Closed

  • Wednesday Closed

  • Thursday Closed

  • Friday Closed

  • Sunday 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM