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Heritage Committee


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  The By-law was repealed and the Terms of Reference were adopted on March 9, 2015.

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

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.

The Heritage Committee consists of the following members: Shannon Allerston, Adrienne Cartwright, David Finch, Leslie Gordon, Julian Morse (Councillor, Chair), Eli Purchase, Astrid Salomon, Yvone Quick, Fred Sangris (Yellowknives Dene representative), and Nene Santos.

The Committee meets at noon on the third Wednesday of every month (dates subject to change).

Heritage Committee/Yellowknife Artist Run Community Centre Art Show

The City of Yellowknife Heritage Committee, in partnership with the Yellowknife Artist Run Community Centre (YKARCC), hosted a juried art show from November 14 to 19, 2016 at YKARCC's gallery space located at 5112 - 52 Street.

The art show followed the Heritage Committee 2016 theme of "Performance" and works highlighted how Yellowknife's multi-faceted history is reflected in the artwork, music and theatre performances that enrich the lives of Yellowknifers on a daily basis. 

Check out a few of the images from the show!

Image from Heritage Art Show

Felted Bird image from heritage art show

 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!  

To apply, visit and complete the Heritage Committee Funding Program Form.

The Committee reviews applications at its meetings in November and May. Funding requests over $3,000 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 2017 are ineligible to receive additional Heritage Committee funding.

For more information or to apply contact Amanda-Brea Watson at or by calling 867-920-5675.

The Heritage Mural pictured below was created by students at William McDonald Middle School, with project funding from the Yellowknife Heritage Committee. It was donated to the City of Yellowknife Multiplex sports facility, where it can be viewed in person by the entire community.


 Heritage Days 2017

The City of Yellowknife Heritage Committee would like to thank everyone who participated in 2017 Heritage Days.

This year's theme marks Yellowknife's 50th anniversary as territorial capital. The 2017 Heritage Days an open mic event and an evening of stories at the Wildcat CafĂ©, hosted by Brian Weadick of Baby Brian's Country Club where attendees were invited to share memories of the Wildcat, or play a song or two. 

On residents were also treated to a guided tour of the Legislative Assembly, showcasing the art and heritage contained within the Territorial Legislature.

Finally, the City of Yellowknife also co-hosted the Hands on Heritage event with the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre. This family learning event taught participants about commercial ice fishing. 

Stay tuned for next year's events!

Photo Gallery: 2017 Heritage Week will appear here on the public site.

For more information, contact Amanda-Brea Watson at (867) 920-5675.

Heritage Committee Minutes


November 16, 2017
September 13, 2017
August 16, 2017

July 19, 2017
June 14, 2017
May 24, 2017
April 19, 2017

March 15, 2017
February 15, 2017
January 25, 2017


November 16, 2016
October 26, 2016
September 28, 2016
July 20, 2016
June 15, 2016
May 18, 2016
April 20, 2016

March 16, 2016
January 20, 2016


December 16, 2015
October 29, 2015
September 23, 2015
August 12, 2015
June 17, 2015
May 20, 2015
April 15, 2015
March 18, 2015
February 11, 2015
January 14, 2015


December 17, 2014
November 19, 2014
July 16, 2014
June 11, 2014
June 4, 2014** Special
May 14, 2014
March 12, 2014
February 5, 2014
January 15, 2014


December 18, 2013
September 18, 2013
July 17, 2013
June 12, 2013
April 17, 2013
March 20, 2013
February 6, 2013
January 16, 2013


For more information contact Amanda-Brea Watson at (867) 920-5675.