2024 David Neufeld Memorial Lecture: Tr’ondëk-Klondike Panel Discussion

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David Neufeld was a historian who championed many things, including Northern history, environmental history, public history, and Indigenous history and heritage. He spent his career as a Parks Canada historian learning from the people and the land of the Yukon Territory, pushing for inclusion and two-eyed seeing, and mentoring young and early career researchers who shared his passions. The passing of David in late 2020 brought to light just how many people, both within and outside the academic world, David has influenced, supported, and mentored throughout his life.

Smiling man in a motor boat on a river between rock cliffs. A bridge is seen in the background.
David on the River. Photo by Jon Luedee.

To honour David’s legacy, the Neufeld Memorial Lecture will take place annually, in a virtual format, and will feature the work of early career researchers, public historians, and Indigenous historians and heritage workers. In keeping with his spirit, this event will remain free and open to the public, and housed for future viewing.

The Neufeld Memorial Lecture organizing committee is pleased to announce that the 2024 lecture will feature a moderated discussion about the Tr’ondëk-Klondike UNESCO World Heritage Site designation with a panel of experts involved throughout the process of drafting, submitting, and successfully securing it’s designation. The conversation will touch on the significance of the Tr’ondëk-Klondike site, how the nomination evolved over time, the challenges of creating a UNESCO World Heritage Site submission, and what this designation means for similar sites elsewhere.

This live-streamed discussion will take place April 18th, 2024 at 2:00pm EST (11:00am Yukon Time).

Panelists include:

Allie Winton, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Heritage Department
Jackie Olsen, Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation
Rebecca Kennedy, Parks Canada
Barb Hogan, Yukon Government

You can watch the discussion live on YouTube here:

The David Neufeld Memorial Lecture Organizing Committee includes Erin Neufeld, Karen Routledge, Heather Green, Glenn Iceton, and Jonathan Luedee. Inquiries about the Neufeld Lecture can be made to Karen Routledge at routledge@gmail.com.

Feature Image: David photographing Tombstone Territorial Park in Fall. Courtesy Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in Heritage Department.
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Heather Green is an assistant professor in the Department of History at Saint Mary's University. She is interested in the intersections of environmental and Indigenous histories, histories of Indigenous and Settler Relations, and mining history, particularly in the Canadian North. You can connect with her on twitter @heathergreen21.

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