The Heritage Resources Unit maintains, updates and administers naming and changing the names of Yukon geographical features such as lakes, rivers and mountains, based on recommendations of the Yukon Geographical Place Name Board (YGPNB)
Yukon’s Place Name Review Process
The Yukon Toponymist is assigned with the task of establishing correct locations of proposed place name sites, ensuring that the correct spellings have been recorded on applications and verifying the reasons for place name requests. This helps to ensure that the proposed place name features are accurately located by latitude and longitude and that place names’ meaning, spelling and cultural significance have been properly documented.
The applications are forwarded to YGPNB for review and consideration in the naming or renaming process. If the applications are considered to have merit, they are recommended to the Minister of Tourism & Culture for approval.
Processing place name applications in a timely manner is a priority of the Board. However, the speed with which place name applications are processed is dependent on a number of factors that include:
Heritage Resources Unit
Cultural Services Branch
Department of Tourism & Culture
Government of Yukon
Toll free (In Yukon): 1-800-661-0408 ext. 3099
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P.O. Box 2703 (L-1)