October 24-26, 2007
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Speakers: Biography

Speaker: Ed Krahn


Ed Krahn

Carcross Coordinator
Yukon Government
Tourism and Culturre
Box 2703
Whitehorse YT
Y1A 2C6 Canada

Ed has been the Yukon's Museums Advisor since 1984, providing technical and funding support for Yukon museums (including First Nations Cultural and Heritage Centres) and the umbrella organization the Yukon Historical and Museums Association. He is also the Manager of the Museums Unit of the Cultural Services Branch of the Yukon Department of Tourism and Culture. The Museums Unit is a diverse group of 14 staff who deliver a variety of support programs to Yukon Museums and the wider heritage community including First Nations governments. Ed has also been working on the development of the support program for Yukon First Nations Cultural/Heritage Centres. This support for First Nations includes the development of training programs (e.g. workshops, mentorship, job shadowing, and On The Job Training of First Nations Heritage workers)., funding support and technical assistance. Along with the on going project (since 1986) of Searching For Our Heritage. This search for Yukon artifacts held in collections around the world is ground breaking research which has identified 156 institutions around the world which hold Yukon artifacts. Ed co-chaired the 1998 Canadian Museums Association Annual Conference held in Yukon and served for two years on the board of the CMA. In the past he has served as chair of a CMA Special Interest Group and when on the board of the CMA acted as board liaison with the SIG groups. For 15 years Ed provided volunteer time to the Yukon education system as a School Council member and Education Council Board member. The interest in education was also seen in his past volunteer efforts with the Innovators in the School Program and for the past years with the Steering Committee of the Yukon Heritage Fair, along with the development of curriculum driven programming at the Beringia Centre and web based curriculum units. Ed is also currently on the board of the Yukon Volunteer Bureau. Ed also served on the Canadian Heritage Information Network - Learning With Museum development team and currently sits on the Editorial Board of Canadian Heritage's Virtual Museum of Canada. Ed has been directly involved with the development of on line heritage products, information sites and Virtual Museum of Canada exhibits. Ed for the past three years has also been a juror for the Canadian New Media Awards. Ed has also been a curator, researcher, private heritage contractor, museum director, heritage special events coordinator, and historian. Recently Ed has been appointed the Carcross Coordinator until April 2008 working on the development of tourism and heritage related initiatives for the community.

Ed will present Searching For Our Heritage. [Paper]