A reunion of descendants of the Hopkins brothers, original York Colony settlers, were the first public group to tour the Mill on the August 2022 long weekend. Fifteen members of the family from across Canada made the trip to Yorkton. The reunion was organized by retired lawyer and judge Nancy Morrison of Vancouver, herself a Hopkins descendant.
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Yorkton Brick Mill Heritage Society was named a 2021 Group Civic Recognition Award winner and was recognized at the city council meeting on Feb. 14, 2022. The recognition states, "Through individual members, activities, interaction with clubs and associations, the media, work parties, sign boards, fundraising and the physical stabilization of the building, Yorkton and district has become aware of the mill and the dominant part it played in our agricultural community. The Yorkton Brick Mill Heritage Society is to be commended in its efforts to preserve this part of the history of the city of Yorkton."
The Yorkton historic flour mill received two awards from Lt. Gov. Russell Mirasty at the Saskatchewan Heritage Awards Nov. 2 2021 in Regina. The mill society received awards for Public Outreach and for Physical Heritage Conservation. It was one of three winners from across the province in each category.
The mill society also receive the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation's 30th Anniversary Award. The Foundation noted, "Your project is very worthy of recognition and we are very proud to have assisted you with the restoration of the Yorkton Brick Flour Mill, over the years. We are very happy to join with Heritage Saskatchewan by presenting the Yorkton Brick Flour Mill with our own Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation 30th Anniversary Award for exemplary built heritage conservation."
The storyboards telling the history of Yorkton were expanded again in June of 2021 with the addition of seven more 4x8 foot panels.
Further additions to the storyboards are planned for later this summer and next year.
The outdoor panels, accessible year-found on the south side of the mill, tell the history of the Yorkton area from the time it was inhabited by the First Nations. They were officially unveiled on Oct. 8, 2020.
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