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Archival Photography in Banff , Alberta from the Whyte Museum


Land Recognition

Banff, and all of Turtle Island, is located on the traditional lands of Indigenous Peoples as referred to in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This relationship to the land is further declared by the National Indian Brotherhood (now Assembly of First Nations), in A Declaration of The First Nations (1981).


Historically, there is a longstanding connection to the Bow Valley around Banff for many Indigenous nations – the Iyârhe (Stoney Nakoda), Blackfoot, Tsuut’ina, Ktunaxa (Kootenay), Secwépemc (Shuswap), Dene, Mountain Cree, and Métis.


We acknowledge that we are on territory known as Treaty 7, which is a treaty signed on behalf of Queen Victoria in 1877, with the the Iyârhe (Bearspaw, Chiniki, and Goodstoney), Blackfoot Confederacy (Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika), and Tsuut'ina Nations.

Many newcomers, such as Peter and Catharine Robb Whyte, the founders of the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, shared a unique friendship with the the Iyârhe people, who have called the Bow Valley home for centuries. We honour this relationship and are deeply committed to maintaining it, as we too are newcomers in this very special place.


The Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies is a gathering place to engage with the evolving history, peoples, cultures, environment, and ideas of mountain cultures.
We provide memorable experiences that give individuals new ways to look at the world and to consider their place in this mountain landscape.


We achieve our vision by:


  • Respecting the traditional values of Indigenous peoples.

  • Providing memorable experiences that give individuals new ways to look at the world and to consider their place in this mountain landscape.

  • Offering opportunities to connect to nature through history, art, and great conversations.

  • Being a collaborative leader in our diverse community.

  • Operating in a responsible way in all of our operations.

  • Respecting the legacy of our remarkable founders, Peter and Catharine Whyte.

Strategic Plan

The Whyte Museum’s Strategic Plan commits the Museum to the following goals:

  • To establish the Whyte Museum as a centre of excellence for the exhibition, animation and collection of works of art, archival, heritage materials, library, and photography consistent with its Vision.

  • To be financially responsible and encourage greater financial self-sufficiency and sustainability.

  • To establish the Whyte Museum as an engaged, relevant and valued community resource and source of   pride in Banff and the Bow Corridor.

Board of Directors


Don Watkins, Chair
Rod Green
Joan Booth
Hope Smith
George Schwarz
Allison Edwards

Gair Fryers

Steve Kennedy

Mirit Poznansky

Jim McLeod

Leslie Sellers

Letha MacLachlan

The Whyte Museum is an equal opportunity workplace. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We are building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be.

Employees of the Whyte Museum enjoy a rewarding and culturally rich work environment. A full benefits package is available to regular and long-term staff.

View our current opportunities.

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