HERITAGE BC UPDATE
August 10, 2016
We recently announced in “Heritage BC Update” our latest mapping project to recognize Japanese Canadian Historic Places. The work has been fascinating, bringing us into contact with a community that has had a profound history in our province.
Recently, our staff spent a day at the Buddhist Temple in the heart of “Japantown” or “Pauearu-Gai” for the Powell Street Festival. It was enlightening to meet people who are immersed in Japanese heritage and culture, as well as those who have passing interests.
Upcoming, we are looking forward to a information session at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre in Burnaby. "Information Session: Japanese Historic Places Recognition Nomination Process" is being organized with our project partner, the Ministry of International Trade, and it is certain to lead to increased recognition of B.C.’s Japanese-Canadian heritage. If you would like to participate in the session contact Madhavee Inamdar by email Madhavee.Inamdar@gov.bc.ca.
Of course, it is key to reach a community in its own language, so we were thrilled to find a volunteer who happily produced a translation of our poster. This is now on our website and ready for distribution.
Please take a minute to learn more about this important recognition project and share this information with your colleagues and communities.
- More information about the Japanese Canadian Historic Places Recognition project is here.
- The English poster is here.
- The poster with Japanese translation is here.
- The nominations form (pdf) is here.
Bridging Decades with a Video Camera
Two Langley heritage structures, both saved from the wrecking ball by the Langley Heritage Society, are now the subjects of two feature videos.
Bridging many decades, the Langley Heritage Society enlisted a younger generation to tell the stories of the community’s built heritage, in this case dating back to 1890. Grade 12 students in the TV and Video Production program of Brookswood Secondary School filmed, edited and narrated the two features about the Fort Langley CN Station and the Wark/Dumais House.
The Langley Heritage Society plans to continue the series later this fall.
The videos can be seen at www.langleyheritage.ca.
Heritage in the Palm of Your Hand
Two young entrepreneurs have teamed up to create an interactive, easy to use, and educational app that will be popular with people of all ages and heritage interests.
“On This Spot” is an app that looks back in time by blending past and present photographs. By using your phone’s camera, you can overlay past on present images and create your own now-and-then image mash-ups.
“On This Spot” also offers guided walking tours of Vancouver, allowing you to discover the history that surrounds you in a fully immersive historical experience. The app is loaded with over 600 mapped images with more being added all the time.
For more information, visit the “On This Spot” website. The app can be downloaded from the App Store (for iPhone) and Google Play (for Android).
National Trust for Canada: This Place Matters
The deadline to submit your project ideas to This Places Matters is fast approaching. This program, offered by the National Trust for Canada, gives community groups the chance to raise funds, reach new audiences and compete for two $40,000 prizes. Local groups can submit project ideas that will contribute to the vitality of a traditional main street and enhance community pride.
But don't delay -- you have until Tuesday, August 30 to submit your ideas. Visit National Trust for Canada to learn more about This Place Matters.
Canada's Heritage on the World Stage
For the first time in more than a decade, Canadians have the opportunity to nominate national gems as candidates for UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Canadians can suggest places of cultural, historic and natural significance that they think should be added to the existing list of Canada’s 18 UNESCO sites.
As Canada approaches its 150th anniversary, this call for nominations presents an exceptional opportunity for Canadians to reflect on our significant history and geography, and to consider Canada’s heritage in a global context.
Nominations are due by January 27, 2017. Please visit Parks Canada for further information.