Recipients announced for annual First Nation cultural centres and museums special projects funding

The annual Special Projects Capital Assistance Program (SPCAP) has granted funding to 12 First Nation cultural centres and museums across the Yukon for a total of $348,000 distributed among 15 projects.

The provided funding will aid in a range of initiatives that will improve the ability of the recipients to share their stories, including to protect, preserve and interpret their collections. Funded projects for 2023/24 include the planning, installation and improvement of current and future exhibits, collections management, building repair and more.

SPCAP is an annual application-based fund available to eligible cultural centres and museums, which supports the Yukon government's commitment to partnering with Yukon First Nations in the protection, preservation, and interpretation of the territory's natural and human history.

A full list of recipients and amounts is available below and at

Our government is committed to supporting our shared Yukon story. Yukon First Nation cultural centres and museums are vital to this goal as they educate, inspire, and encourage discovery and appreciation among generations and communities. Our government is proud to support the recipients of the 2023/24 annual funding as they continue to safeguard and provide access to our collective heritage.

Minister of Tourism and Culture John Streicker

The Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre is extremely happy to have been accepted for both of our SPCAP projects this year. Our Indigenous Matriarchs exhibition opening in June will host artworks from artists throughout the Yukon and celebrate the strong matriarchs that have led Yukon Indigenous groups for countless generations. Our Digital Collections XR project will allow objects in our collection to be scanned using photogrammetry and 3D modelling. This will allow our art pieces to be used in a variety of new mediums such as Virtual and Augmented Reality, which grants a new and exciting experience for guests and visitors. Support from YG will allow us to fairly compensate all artists and gives us the freedom to build our ideas to new heights.

Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre Cultural Director Kailen Gingell

Quick facts 
  • Cultural centres and museums are among the most popular attractions in Yukon, welcoming visitors from Yukon, Canada and around the world.

  • The Special Projects Capital Assistance Program is an annual application-based fund available to Yukon’s eligible cultural centres and museums.

  • Applications are accepted for a wide range of projects, including joint marketing initiatives, artifact inventory and cataloguing, exhibit planning and development, small or specialized capital acquisitions, conservation, and revenue generation.

  • A panel of cultural industries professionals review and assess applications based on how well the projects fit the program criteria.

  • The review and assessment criteria include themes such as project management and budget planning; how the project responds to a need or audience; economic impact; partnership opportunities; and clear performance measures.

  • To apply, Yukon museums and cultural centres must be on the Department of Tourism and Culture’s museums eligibility list. Currently, there are 18 Yukon museums and cultural centres on this list.



Name of Project

 Amount Allocated

Campbell Region Interpretive Centre (Town of Faro)

Exhibit Planning / Development Assistance / Digital Signage


Da Kų Cultural Centre (Champagne and Aishihik First Nations)

30th Anniversary of Dakwakada Dancers Exhibit Work


Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre (Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in First Nation)

Tr'ondëk Hwëch'in Collections Database Cleanup


Dawson City Museum

Post-Exhibit Reorganization Project Phase 1 -Relocation


Dawson City Museum

Locomotive Shelter Re-Opening


George Johnston Museum (Teslin Historical and Museum Society)

George Johnston Museum Roof Retrofit - Implementation Phase


George Johnston Museum (Teslin Historical and Museum Society)

Artifact Inventory Cataloguing Project Part 4


Haa Shagóon Hídi (Carcross/Tagish First Nation)

C/TFN Permanent Collection Management


Keno City Mining Museum

Keno Mining Museum Collections Policy - Artifact Inventory & Cataloguing


Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

Indigenous Matriarchs Exhibit


Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre

Digital Exhibits and XR Project


MacBride Museum

Whitehorse and the War: A Revue


Northern Lights Centre (Town of Watson Lake)

NLC Show replacement


Old Log Church Museum

Robert McDonald / Takudh Exhibition Development and Installation


Yukon Transportation Museum

Targeted Care - Exterior Exhibits and Wayfinding



Renée Francoeur 
Cabinet Communications 

Cameron Webber  
Communications, Tourism and Culture 

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