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Heritage Committee


The purpose of the Heritage Committee is to assist the City in an advisory capacity regarding the management of heritage interests of the City of Yellowknife.

The role of the Heritage Committee is to make recommendations to the appropriate Standing Committee of Council regarding the preservation of Yellowknife’s heritage and its value to the community.

The Yellowknife Heritage Committee was established by City Council in February 1985, by Heritage Committee By-law No. 2955.  The By-law was repealed and the current Terms of Reference were adopted on March 9, 2015.

Heritage By-law No. 4540 establishes the responsibilities of the Heritage Committee for designating and recognizing heritage resources, as well as the processes and criteria for the restoration of heritage resources.

On June 26, 2017, Council adopted the Heritage Committee 2017-2022 Strategic Plan

On September 10, 2018, Council adopted the Intercultural Heritage and Placemaking Plan.

The Heritage Committee consists of the following members: Shannon AllerstonLeslie Gordon, Stacie Smith (Councillor, Chair), Angela Lafferty (Yellowknives Dene Representative), Kateri Lynn (Yellowknives Dene Alternate Representative for Angela Lafferty), Nene Santos, Garett CochraneHerb Mathisen, and Dr. Joanne Collins-Gonsalves

The next meeting date for the Heritage Committee is to be determined.

 Heritage Project Funding

Among other activities, the Heritage Committee provides limited funding for groups with projects that celebrate Yellowknife's history and culture. This funding has been used to create heritage photo displays, heritage mobile applications, and heritage-related public art displays, but new ideas are always welcome!  

Prior to submitting an application, please review the Heritage Committee Funding Policy.

To apply, complete the Heritage Committee Funding Program Application Form and submit it to the Community Services Department at

The Heritage Committee reviews applications annually. Project applications must be submitted no later than January 15 of each year. Funding requests over $5,000 are subject to review by Council and should be received at least four weeks in advance. Organizations which have received funding from a City of Yellowknife Community Grant program in 2021 are ineligible to receive additional Heritage Committee funding. Applications for past events will not be considered.

For more information or to apply contact Libby Macphail at or by calling (867) 920-5611.

The Heritage Committee provided funding for the 2018 Dene Naho Urban Hide Tanning Camp, a week long celebration of Dene art, Culture, and history.

Summary of funding projects in 2020:

  • Snow Castle Book
  • Musicians of the Midnight Sun Podcast Series
  • Articipaction Mural


Photo Gallery: 2018 Dene Naho Hide Tanning will appear here on the public site.
 Heritage Resource Inventory

City Council has designated nine heritage sites and recognized one within the City of Yellowknife.  These sites include:


  1. Wildcat Cafe
  2. Canadian Pacific Float Base 
  3. Weaver and Devore Store
  4. Hudson Bay Warehouse
  5. Back Bay Cemetery
  6. Fireweed Studio
  7. Old Log School House 
  8. Bank of Toronto Building 
  9. Yellowknife Post Office 
  10. Bristol Freighter


  1. Back Bay
  2. McMeekan Causeway
  3. Peace River Flats
  4. Ragged Ass Road

For more information about the process for requesting Heritage Designation or Recognition, and what it means for your building, please see this info sheet

A catalogue of historical buildings within Yellowknife was completed in the summer of 2005, updated from time to time. Note that this catalogue contains many buildings which are not formally Recognized or Designated Heritage Resources.

 Forms and Resources
 Heritage Committee Minutes










For more information contact Libby Macphail at or by calling (867) 920-5611.


Hours of Operation

Winter Hours effective following the Labour Day Weekend
until prior to the Victoria Day Weekend (September to May)
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Summer Hours effective following the Victoria Day Weekend
until prior to the Labour Day Weekend (May to September)
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Mailing Address & Phone Numbers

Yellowknife City Hall
4807 - 52 Street, P.O. Box 580, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2N4

Switchboard - (867) 920-5600
Mayor/City Manager - (867) 920-5634
Booking Clerk - (867) 669-3457
Municipal Enforcement (MED) - (867) 920-5630
After Hours (MED) - (867) 920-2737
After Hours (Public Works) - (867) 920-5699