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Heritage Resources Board (Yukon)

Department: Tourism and Culture | Agency website >>

Address: 503 Steele Street, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 2E1

Phone: 867-668-7150 | Fax: 867-668-7155


Mandate

The Board makes recommendations to the federal and territorial Ministers responsible for heritage and to Yukon First Nations on the preservation, protection, management and development of Yukon heritage as identified in the Historic Resources Act and the Umbrella Final Agreement.

Under the Act, the functions of the Board are:

  • to advise the Minister on appropriate policies and guidelines for the designation of historic sites;
  • to advise the Minister on appropriate policies, guidelines, and standards for the care and custody of historic objects;
  • to perform the functions the land claims agreement assigns to the Board;
  • to advise the Minister on the use of the Yukon Historic Resources Fund;
  • to advise the Minister on the designation of historic sites;
  • to advise the Minister on regulations that should be made under the Act;
  • at the request of the Minister or of the finder of an object, to advise the Minister on whether or how the object should be dealt with as a historic object and in whose custody it should be;
  • to advise the Minister on the objectives, policies and programs of the Cultural Services Branch;
  • generally, on the Board’s own initiative or in response to a request from the Minister, advise the Minister on the administration of the Act and on any matter affecting historic resources in Yukon.

Under the Umbrella Final Agreement, the Board may make recommendations to the Government of Canada, Government of Yukon, and to Yukon First Nations on:

  • the management of non-documentary Heritage Resources;
  • means by which the traditional knowledge of Yukon Indian Elders may be considered in the management of Moveable Heritage Resources and Heritage Sites in Yukon;
  • means by which the traditional languages of Yukon First Nations can be recorded and preserved;
  • the review, approval, amendment or repeal of regulations pursuant to heritage Legislation pertaining to Moveable Heritage Resources and Heritage Sites in Yukon;
  • the development and revision of a strategic plan for the preservation and management of Moveable Heritage Resources and Heritage Sites in Yukon;
  • the development, revision and updating of a manual including definitions of ethnographic, archaeological, palaeontological and historic resources, to facilitate the management and interpretation of these resources by Government and Yukon First Nations, such manual to be developed by Yukon First Nations and Government;
  • the development, revision and updating of the inventory of Yukon Indian Heritage Resources provided for in 13.4.8;
  • means by which public awareness and appreciation of Moveable Heritage Resources and Heritage Sites may be fostered;
  • designation of Heritage Sites as Designated Heritage Sites; and
  • any other matter related to Heritage Resources of Yukon.

The Board shall, on request, provide the Minister and Yukon First Nations with records of its hearings and deliberations on appeals and, no later than May 31 of each year, provide the Minister and Yukon First Nations with an annual report containing a summary of their respective activities, deliberations, and recommendations during the preceding year. The Minister shall table the annual report in the Legislature as soon as reasonably practicable.

Authority:

Period: 1996 to present
Type: Advisory


Membership

The Board consists of 10 Yukon members who operate in the public interest. The Council of Yukon First Nations nominates 5 appointees and the Yukon government nominates 5 appointees with the concurrence of the Government of Canada for 1 of the selections. All appointments are made by the Yukon Minister of Tourism and Culture. The Board chooses its Chair and Vice-Chair from its membership, one of whom is chosen from the people nominated by the Council of Yukon First Nations.

The Director of Cultural Services, or a person designated for this purpose by the Director, on request of the Board shall attend meetings of the Board and may participate in Board deliberations but shall have no vote in decisions made by the Board.

Appointment process: Ministerial appointment

Requirements: A person cannot simultaneously be a member of both the Yukon Heritage Resources Board and the Yukon Historic Resources Appeal Board. The majority of representatives of Government and the majority of representatives of Yukon First Nations must be Yukon residents. Members of Boards shall not be delegates of the parties who nominate or appoint them.

Term: 3 years.

Meetings: At the call of the Chair and not less that twice a year

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Current members:

Name Position From: To:
Leckie, Anne YG Member 06/15/2016 06/14/2019
Sinclair, Annette YG Member 06/15/2016 06/14/2019
Asp, Frances CYFN Member 06/15/2016 06/14/2019
Grossinger, Gilles (Red) YG Member 07/29/2015 07/28/2018
Firth, John YG Member 06/15/2016 06/14/2019
Pope, Nancy YG Member 06/15/2016 06/14/2019
Ellis, Roger CYFN Member 09/09/2016 09/08/2019
Chambers, Ron CYFN Member 06/15/2016 06/14/2019
Peter, Sharon CYFN Member 06/15/2016 06/14/2019
Smith, Testloa   CYFN Member   06/15/2016   06/14/2019