TESLIN, YUKON, November 17, 2011 /Canada NewsWire/ - Cultural and historical artifacts that chronicle the history of Yukon and its people will be protected and preserved, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. This was announced today by Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament (Yukon), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
This investment will support the renovation and revitalization of the historic George Johnston Museum, located at Mile 804 along the famed Alaska Highway. Structural improvements will include stabilizing the building's foundation, repairing damaged ceilings, and levelling the floor. Mould removal and moisture proofing are among the interior enhancements that will help protect the museum's significant collection of Inland Tlingit artifacts.
"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in important cultural institutions like the George Johnston Museum," said Minister Moore. "By supporting these upgrades, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support our arts, culture, and heritage."
"The George Johnston Museum has been bringing enjoyment to the residents of Teslin and beyond for many years," said Mr. Leef. "The Museum brings to life an important part of our long and storied history. We want residents and visitors to Yukon to experience Canada's diverse cultural heritage in the best possible way."
"When it comes to rural museums, Teslin's George Johnston Museum is one of the true jewels," said Carolyn Allen, Secretary-Treasurer of the Teslin Historical and Museum Society. "This funding from the Government of Canada will ensure our many artifacts will not suffer because of foundation and moisture issues."
The George Johnston Museum, founded in 1973, is owned and operated by the Teslin Historical and Museum Society, a non-profit heritage organization run by a volunteer board of directors and local history enthusiasts. The Museum is named for the late George Johnston, a celebrated photographer, trapper, trading post operator, and Elder of the Inland Tlingit.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $50,455 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays.