Champagne & Aishihik First Nations (CAFN)

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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.

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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)

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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.

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

Email: reception@cyfn.net

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)

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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. 

 

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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.

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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.

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

Email: 

  • asomerville@dawsonmuseum.ca
  • info@dawsonmuseum.ca

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)

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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.

 

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

Email: heritagemgr@nndfn.com

Telephone: (867) 996-2265, ext. 116

Hours of Operation:

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

Kluane First Nation (KFN)

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

Email: archives@kfn.ca

Telephone: (867) 841-4274

Hours of Operation:

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

Kwanlin Dun First Nation (KDFN)

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

Email: reception@kdfn.net

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.

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    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

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    Address:  395 Wellington Street
    Ottawa, ON K1A 0N4
    CANADA

    Telephone: 

    • 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

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    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.

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    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.

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

    Email: pcunning@macbridemuseum.com

    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.

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

    Email: logchurch@klondiker.com

    Telephone: 867-668-2555

    Hours of Operation:

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

    • Winter hours
      Open by appointment

     

    Ta'an Kwach'an Council (TKC)

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    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.

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

    Email: 

    • info@taan.ca
    • dcooke@taan.ca

    Telephone: (867) 668-3613

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    Teslin Tlingit Council Heritage (TTC)

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    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.

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

    Email: admin@ttc-teslin.com

    Telephone: 867-390-2532, ext. 330

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    Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation (THFN)

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    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.

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

    Email: wayne.potoroka@trondek.ca

    Telephone: 867-993-7100

    Hours of Operation:

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

     

    Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation (VGFN)

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    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.

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

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    Telephone: (867) 966-3261 ext. 270

    Hours of Operation:

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

    White River First Nation (WRFN)

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    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).

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    Address: Beaver Creek, YT Y0B 1A0

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    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.

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    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.

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

    Email: yukon.archives@gov.yk.ca

    Telephone: 867-667-5321 

    Hours of Operation:

    Tuesday and Wednesday
    9:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Thursday
    1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    Friday
    1:00 pm to 9:00 pm
    Saturday
    10:00 am to 1:00 pm and
    2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    Sunday and Monday
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    Yukon College (YC)

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    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.”

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

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    Telephone: 

    • (867) 668-8800
    • 1-800-661-0504

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    Yukon Historical & Museums Association (YHMA)

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    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.

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

    Email: info@heritageyukon.ca

    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 13.3.2.1 and 13.3.6 of the Final Agreements.

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    Address: 509 A Strickland Street, Whitehorse, Yukon

    Email: https://www.yhrb.ca/contact

    Telephone: (867) 668-7150

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