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Minister Joly Announces Funding for Yukon-Based Arts, Culture and Official-Language Organizations

The Government of Canada is providing more than $2 million to nine organizations in Whitehorse and Dawson City

February 27, 2016 – Whitehorse – Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced support for nine Yukon-based arts, culture and official-language organizations.

Funding will enable these organizations to continue their important work in promoting the arts, fostering and developing official languages in minority communities, supporting local festivals, and celebrating emerging and established artists.


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Quick Facts


“Each of these organizations contributes to the richness, diversity and unique character of the North. The Government of Canada values creators in all fields; investing in talented Canadians helps create jobs, encourages tourism and improves overall quality of life and sense of community.”

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“On behalf of the Association franco-yukonnaise, I want to thank the Minister of Canadian Heritage for renewing our funding for the next three years. This funding will allow us to pursue our community development activities and thus better respond to the needs of francophones in the Yukon.”

—André Bourcier, Vice President, Association franco-yukonnaise

“The support of Canadian Heritage has made it possible for the Yukon Arts Centre (YAC) to upgrade is 24-year-old sound system to the 21st century. The new system will benefit not only YAC, but also the many Yukon groups that use the theatre: Whitehorse Choir, Blue Feather Festival, the Available Light Film Festival and many others.”

—Al Cushing, Chief Executive Officer, Yukon Arts Centre

“The Board of the Yukon Arts Centre Corporation is very grateful for the support of Canadian Heritage for our sound system. The Arts Centre is the best performance venue in the North, which means we can attract top-notch talent from both north and south of 60. This sound system is an important part of keeping the Arts Centre a first-rate facility.”

—Dr. Deborah Bartlette, Chair Board, Yukon Arts Centre Corporation

“Canadian Heritage stepped up to help transform the performing and listening experience at our 25-year-old Yukon Arts Centre. The new sound environment is natural, inclusive and beyond expectations. This upgrade raises the bar with new performance capabilities and aural outcomes—a great thing for Northern audiences.”

—Duncan Sinclair, President, Jazz Yukon

Associated Links

Association franco-yukonnaise

Dawson City Arts Society

Dawson City Music Festival Association

Jazz Yukon

Les EssentiElles

Nakai Theatre Ensemble

Whitehorse Concerts

Yukon Arts Centre

Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Society

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