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Yukon Archives looking to put names to faces

Tourism and Culture Minister Jeanie Dendys looking through photos donated to the Yukon Archives. Photo: Tim Kucharuk/CKRW

The First Nations photo identification project is looking for the public's help in identifying the people and subjects from a series of donated photos.

A project from the Yukon Archives aims to identify indigenous Yukoners from years gone by.

The First Nations photo identification project set up shop at the Adäka Cultural Festival in Whitehorse this week, and will have another session at the Moosehide Gathering outside Dawson City later this month.

Tourism and Culture Minister Jeanie Dendys took time to pore through some of the thousands of photos hoping to identify some of her family members.

"We're asking Yukoners and others to just come and look at the photos and see if they can identify who's in the photo and so I think we've had some success here. We've had some people come through, and groups, and teamwork happening to identify individuals and so it's been really fun."

Dendys says it's also about ensuring individuals are identified and put down in history within the archives. 

Most of the 40-thousand photos focusing on First Nations people, events, and cultural objects come from the Whitehorse Star collection and were donated to the Archives in the 1980's.

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