HHSY began in 2000 with the founding members search for information on Black history in the Yukon. Members were looking for representation for their children as well as contributions to the fabric of Yukon society from the past. The small group grew and worked together to identify primarily Black and Asian people who have contributed to the development of the Yukon. The Society was incorporated in 2013 in order to further the ability to research, document and share these histories.
HHSY has hosted public events for Black History and Asian Heritage Months, sponsored on-air book panels of Black and Asian Canadian authors, created displays, made presentations in schools and to the public, recorded oral histories and compiled bibliographies of Black and Asian history in the Yukon. We want to ensure that these stories and life experiences are shared with the broader community, and that Black, Asian and other diverse communities see themselves reflected appropriately in the telling of Yukon’s history.