Yukon Heritage Symposium

2017 Heritage Symposium Save the Date & Call for Proposals

The 2017 Heritage Symposium, Activating Our Communities, will take place on Thursday, October 26 at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture in Dawson City. Join YHMA for a chance to meet new colleagues and catch up with old ones, be inspired by new ideas and trends, and share knowledge and best practices. Registration will be free of charge!

Proposal Deadline: Friday, September 15, 2017

Activating Our Communities
Heritage is one of the cornerstones of community - and community is a cornerstone of the heritage sector. How do we activate our communities to maximize our impact and relevance, spark creativity, share skills and resources to improve sustainability, learn from each other, consider and give voice to multiple perspectives, and empower our communities to tell their own narratives?

This Symposium will strive to explore these questions and more. YHMA is currently seeking proposals for 15- to 20-minute presentations related to any of the following key themes:

  • creative partnerships and partnership management, including cross-industry partnerships
  • community-based projects/research and co-creation
  • community consultation
  • community engagement
  • crowdfunding and crowdsourcing

Case studies, best practice/theory-based talks, and other formats are welcome. Proposals may involve multiple speakers. While proposals must have some connection or relevance to heritage and/or the heritage sector, speakers need not be from the heritage sector and are encouraged to think outside the box.

Download the proposal submission form below:

2017 Heritage Symposium Proposal Submission Form.docx
2017 Heritage Symposium Proposal Submission Form.pdf

"Ignite" Forum
Have your five minutes of fame! The last part of the day will be devoted to catching up with the Yukon heritage community through a series of "Ignite"-style presentations. All participants are invited to give a 5-minute presentation on their:

  • News and events;
  • Recent, ongoing, or upcoming projects;
  • Pitches, ideas, etc. for new projects or partnerships; and/or
  • Anything else you want to share!

Speakers must build their presentations with 20 slides, set to automatically advance every 15 seconds. This is a great opportunity to share successes and lessons learned from a recent project, get feedback or find partners for new project ideas, or just share what you have going on with your colleagues!

If you'd like to give an "Ignite"-style presentation, please submit a proposal with your name, organization (if any), and topic.

How to Submit a Proposal
All proposals should be submitted using the contact information below, Attn: Heritage Symposium Committee, by September 15, 2017. Inquiries may be directed to Lianne Maitland, Executive Director, using the same contact information.

Email: info@heritageyukon.ca
Mail: 3126 3rd Avenue, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 1E7
Fax: 867-667-4506



The Yukon Heritage Symposium is a semi-annual gathering for the Yukon heritage community. Our last Symposium took place in 2015 at the Yukon Transportation Museum in Whitehorse. Stay tuned for details for our 2017 Symposium.

The Symposium provides an opportunity to meet and connect with others actively involved in heritage conservation across the Territory--from those working in museums and cultural centres, to heritage planners, historians and others. It's a chance to meet new colleagues and catch up with old ones, be inspired by new ideas and trends from outside of the Territory, and share knowledge and best practices on what works in the Yukon.

Heritage practitioners face significant and varied challenges across the Territory. Every day, Yukoners are finding innovative, creative and practical solutions to these issues. The Yukon Heritage Symposium is structured to encourage peer exchange on a number of topics and current issues of interest to the Yukon heritage community. By strengthening our community ties and drawing from best practices and lessons learned, the Yukon heritage community can work together to continue to inspire and share a passion for Yukon heritage.

Over fifty members of the Yukon heritage community from across the Territory attended our 2015 symposium. A big thank you to all our participants!


2015 Yukon Heritage Symposium - Event Program .pdf

2015 Update from YHMA.pdf

Community blogging in Yukon museums -Sylvie Binette.pdf

Digital Preservation - David Schlosser.pdf

Digital Strategy Development - Yukon Arts Centre.pdf

Developing an adaptable labour market.pdf