The NWT Mining Heritage Society was formed in Yellowknife, NWT, in July 2002 and is governed by a volunteer board of directors. It is a registered non-profit society and has charitable status. The Society and its members are committed to preserving the mining and geological history of the Northwest Territories, Canada, and works towards its ultimate goal, the construction and establishment of a mining museum at the old Giant gold mine in Yellowknife.
The Society has a broad individual and corporate membership base through which it obtains funding and support for its projects. It also applies for government grants and funding. These projects include: production of mining heritage merchandise for fundraising efforts, collection and inventorying of artifacts and mining equipment, development of interpretive outdoor displays, production of mining heritage resource books and promotion of earth sciences, and renovations to its structures at Giant Mine, where the main mining museum and interpretive centre will be located. It is supported by a broad membership of heritage advocates and local businesses. Please visit the Get Involved page for more information on how you can contribute to our projects and for a listing of our sponsors to date.
Yellowknife and the Northwest Territories needs an interpretive centre to celebrate the accomplishments and importance of the mineral industry and to showcase our unique geology. The NWT Mining and Geological Interpretive Centre will offer a main exhibit hall (museum) with tea room, gift shop, and archives/library. It will also include extensive outdoor displays utilizing vintage mining machinery and historic Yellowknife mining structures, including the old Giant Mine A-Shaft facilities which includes a large powerhouse, hoistroom, and headframe/shafthouse. The Centre will be located at the Giant Mine townsite where we envision a number of select, historic houses will be renovated for commercial use.
The site is a few minute drive from Yellowknife. It is adjacent to a commercial marina (Great Slave Cruising Club), public boat launch, the Baker Creek Interpretive Site (a popular recreational fishing area) and the Giant Mine townsite. It is within a picturesque valley surrounding by high volcanic ridges on the shore of beautiful Great Slave Lake. Currently there is an outdoor display of underground and surface mining machinery and other outdoor interpretive displays. It is a lovely spot to stop and have a look around, take photos, and enjoy a picnic.
The Society has a clear vision of where it wants to go and why it wants to go there. The next step was to establish the road map or strategic directions to get it there. The Society has three main goals or strategies:
- A mining and geological heritage center is opened to the public in Yellowknife in 2020.
- $1,5 million is raised by 2020.
- There is strong and active membership reflected through an increased visibility within the community.
Our strategic plan follows a specific road map that will make sure the Society reaches it’s goals.
The NWT Mining Heritage Society preserves and promotes awareness of the mining and geological heritage of the NWT for residents and visitors.
There is a community-driven and thriving mining and geological heritage center in Yellowknife that engages northerners and visitors by providing learning opportunities for all. The NWT Mining Heritage Society is dynamic, influential and sustainable.
NWT Mining Heritage Society
Box 1856 Yellowknife NT X1A 2P4