Our Story

Hidden Histories Society Yukon began in 2000 when our founding members began searching for information on Black history in the Yukon. They wanted to learn more about the contributions of Black people to Yukon society, and to help their children see themselves represented and understand that they belong here. This small group grew and worked together to identify primarily Black and Asian people who have contributed to the fabric of Yukon. The Society was incorporated in 2013 in order to further their ability to research, document and share these histories.

The Society has recorded oral histories and compiled bibliographies of sources on Black and Asian families in the Yukon. On request, we can make presentations in schools or to the public, and we have created displays that can be installed as temporary exhibits. We want to ensure that the stories and life experiences that we have collected are shared with the broader population, and that Black, Asian and other diverse communities see themselves reflected appropriately in the telling of Yukon’s history.

Mission: HHSY is dedicated to uncovering previously underrepresented histories in the Yukon, with a particular focus on the history of Black and Asian people. We conduct and support research, contribute to community education, and collaborate with other community groups. We foster increased understanding and awareness of diverse contributions to the social, economic, and cultural fabric of the Yukon.  

Vision: People of diverse backgrounds will be fully included in the documentation and interpretation of Yukon history. 

Principles: HHSY adheres to the principle of using first voice whenever possible. We conduct research in a professional manner and respect the dignity of individuals and families we are researching. We consult and collaborate with descendants when possible.

Get involved

We know there are more diverse stories to tell about Yukon’s history, and with your help we can do that! Maybe you, or someone you know, has stories to share about life in Yukon and contributions to the community. If so, get in touch with us. We can help to document and share these stories. Together we can enrich our community and Yukon’s cultural history.