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New S.S. Klondike National Historic Site Management Plan Released

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S.S. Klondike National Historic Site (Yukon) will have a new recently finalized management plan.

Management plans are a requirement under the Parks Canada Agency Act and are reviewed every ten years. It guides the management of national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas.

National historic sites reflect Canada’s rich and varied heritage and provide an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about our diverse history, according to a news release.

Parks Canada’s network of national heritage places represents the best that Canada has to offer and tells stories of who we are, including Indigenous peoples’ histories, cultures, and contributions.

“National historic sites are a source of shared pride for all Canadians. They help protect our shared cultural heritage and tell the stories of Canada from all perspectives. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the management plan for S.S. Klondike National Historic Site that will help shape the future of this treasured place. I applaud this collaborative effort to ensure S.S. Klondike National Historic Site continues to protect our shared national heritage and will be enjoyed for generations to come,” said the Honourable Dr. Brendan Hanley, a member of Parliament in Yukon.

The new plan for S.S. Klondike National Historic Site outlined key strategies. The first key strategy focuses on the long-term conservation of the S.S. Klondike and its associated cultural resources.

The second key strategy focuses on offering interactive and innovative visitor experiences at the site that strengthen local engagement, immerse youth, attract target audiences and increase revenue.

Meanwhile, the third key strategy involves partners and stakeholders in understanding, promoting, and raising awareness of the S.S. Klondike National Historic Site.

The S.S. Klondike National Historic Site Management Plan includes initiatives to build on and improve collaboration with local Indigenous communities and further integrate their perspectives in the overall site presentation and knowledge.

The S.S. Klondike National Historic Site management plan was based on input from Indigenous partners in Whitehorse, the territorial government, the local municipality, heritage and tourism organizations, locals, and visitors past and present. 

Through this management plan, Parks Canada will protect an important example of cultural heritage in Canada, engage and collaborate with Indigenous peoples, and provide an opportunity for Canadians to experience and discover history in new and innovative ways.

The S.S. Klondike National Historic Site Management Plan is available on the Parks Canada website at: www.parkscanada.gc.ca/ssklondikeplan. To learn more about S.S. Klondike National Historic Site, visit  www.parkscanada.gc.ca/ssklondike.

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