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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  The By-law was repealed and the current Terms of Reference were adopted on March 9, 2015.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 Allerston, Katie Weaver, David Finch, Leslie Gordon, Julian Morse (Councillor, Chair), Fred Sangris (Yellowknives Dene representative), Nene Santos, and Garett Cochrane.

The Committee usually meets at noon on the third Thursday of every month. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday October 17, 2019 at 12:00pm (date and time subject to change). 

 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 Criteria for Heritage Project Funding.

To apply, complete the Heritage Committee Funding Program Form.

The Committee reviews applications at its meetings in April and October. The deadlines for applications are April 1st and Ocober 1st each year. 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 2018 are ineligible to receive additional Heritage Committee funding. Applications for past events will not be considered.

For more information or to apply contact Darren Lucas at or by calling (867) 920-5675.

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


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

The City of Yellowknife Heritage Committee hosted a successful evening of storytelling at the Wildcat Café on Saturday February 24, 2018.  A big thank you to our storytellers including Catherine Lafferty, Gail Cyr, Merlyn Williams, and Patrick Scott. Thank you to Birchwood Coffee Ko for providing light refreshments, including bannock. Finally, thank you to everyone who came out and participated in the event!

Photo Gallery: 2018 Heritage Days Event will appear here on the public site.

For more information, contact Darren Lucas at or call (867) 920-5675.

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

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


August 15, 2019
June 20, 2019
May 16, 2019

February 21, 2019
January 17, 2019


December 20, 2018
November 15, 2018
October 18, 2018
September 20, 2018

July 19, 2018

June 20, 2018
May 17, 2018
April  26, 2018
March 22, 2018
February 15, 2018

January 18, 2018


December 14, 2017
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 Darren Lucas at or by calling (867) 920-5675.