September 21, 2016

Dear Subscriber,

Acknowledging a Rich Heritage

South Asian Canadian Historic Places Recognition Project

At Heritage BC, we are seeing more and more importance being placed on the contributions and histories of B.C.’s diverse communities. By acknowledging our rich past, we recognize the countless ways our province has been shaped and enriched by the many cultures that have called British Columbia home.

Our most recent contribution to this is a public nominations and mapping project that will recognize and acknowledge the contributions of South Asian Canadians in British Columbia. This project is part of a much larger initiative undertaken by the Royal BC Museum, Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley, and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations.

Similar to our Chinese and Japanese public nomination and mapping projects, the public’s input will be the cornerstone to the resulting online, interactive map of historic places. A selection from this important inventory of nominated historic places will be officially recognized by the Government of British Columbia and placed on both the B.C. Register of Historic Places and the Canadian Register of Historic Places.

Open to every British Columbian and beyond, the nomination process encourages people to describe what they believe has meaning for the history and development of the South Asian community in British Columbia. For this process, South Asian is defined as those individuals who identify themselves as having heritage based in India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Maldives, and Sri Lanka.

Nominations can include large and small buildings of any type, entire districts and neighbourhoods, landscapes, cemeteries, and even abandoned sites that are being reclaimed by nature. The nominations form and supporting information can be found on our website: South Asian Canadian Historic Places Recognition Project

To nominate a historic place complete the online form by November 6, 2016.

» Nominate a South Asian Canadian historic place

Photo Credit: Image of Gur Sikh Temple interior courtesy of Mr. Naginder Singh Sidhu and Family c/o the Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies, UFV.

South Asian Canadian Heritage Values Workshop

You are invited to share your knowledge, stories and what you value about historic places associated with the South Asian Canadian community in B.C.

Date: Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 
Time: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Location: Strawberry Hill Public Library, 7399 122 St, Surrey, B.C., V3W 5J2
Contact: Judith Cook (Judith.Cook@gov.bc.ca) for more information
Attendance is free

For more information visit:

» Upcoming: South Asian Canadian Heritage Values Workshop

Japanese Canadian Heritage Values Workshop

You are invited to share your knowledge, stories and what you value about historic places associated with the Japanese-Canadian Canadian community and Canadians of Japanese ancestry in B.C.

Date: Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
Time: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Location: Peter Kaye Room, Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, B.C., V6B 6B1
Contact: Madhavee Inamdar (Madhavee.Inamdar@gov.bc.ca) for more information
Attendance is free

For more information:

» Upcoming: Japanese Canadian Heritage Values Workshop

Sharpen your heritage knowledge with a webinar

These one-hour sessions are a great way to learn about topics, such as heritage basics, legislation in B.C., and the link between heritage conservation, sustainability and climate change.

Members of PIBC and AIBC can earn Continuous Professional Learning Units for attending, see our website for more information about Heritage BC Workshops & Webinars:
» Heritage BC Education


September 30, 2016 at 12:00 PM
» Heritage Basics Webinar

October 14, 2016 at 12:00 PM
» Heritage Conservation, Sustainability & Climate Change Webinar

November 4, 2016 at 12:00 PM
» Heritage Legislation in British Columbia Webinar

RESCHEDULED: December 2, 2016 at 12:00 PM
» NEW: Heritage Conservation Areas in B.C. Webinar

**Once you register, please keep your registration link safe as this is unique to you

For more information, contact Maxine Schleger at mschleger@heritagebc.ca, 1-855-349-7243 or 604-428-7243.

Support a Heritage BC Program

When you donate to Heritage BC you can directly support our programs, including 
Training and Skills Development, Heritage Legacy Fund, Annual ConferenceHeritage BC Awards or Heritage Week.


Heritage Week 2017 

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the National Trust for Canada has announced the theme of “My Canada!” for Heritage Day 2017. 

During Heritage Week, from February 13-19, 2017, Canadians are invited to embrace, explore and enjoy their own heritage places and spaces across the country. The National Trust also invites you to share your stories, and how you see yourself reflected in Canada’s cultural mosaic through the hashtag #mycanadais.

Stay tuned to Heritage BC’s newsletter and website for more information about celebrations across British Columbia, and for our provincial Heritage Week poster!

Also, keep an eye on the National Trust for Canada website for more information about national celebrations and the 2017 Heritage Day poster. 



2017 may be just around the corner, but the Department of Canadian Heritage is still accepting applications to the Canada 150 Fund. 

About the Fund:

"Projects supported by the Canada 150 Fund are new and specifically designed to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. Applicants are encouraged to design and propose projects that encourage active participation and bring Canadians together to mark and celebrate our diversity in inclusive ways and to help shape Canada for the future."

Learn more about the Canada 150 Fund here


UVic Cultural Resource Management Program

The University of Victoria's Cultural Resource Management Program is offering the following courses in Fall 2016!

» Conservation Approaches to Masonry and Timber Structures; Oct 3-8 in Victoria BC

» Best Practices in Heritage Conservation Planning; Nov 14-19 in Victoria BC

» Cultural Tourism: A Place-based Approach; Oct 17-22 in Victoria BC

» Raising Money for Your Cultural Organization; Dec 1-3 in Victoria BC


UBC Continuing Studies

The University of British Columbia's Continuing Studies is offering a number of upcoming courses geared to those in heritage and cultural sectors.

» Creating Strategic Plans Sep 26-Nov 27, Online

» Creative Placemaking Sep 26-Nov 27, Online

» Festivals, Events and Eventful Communities Sep 26-Nov 27, Online

» Online Workshop: Cultural Planning - An International Perspective Nov 22, 29 & Dec 6, Online

Join the discussion:              #HeritageBC



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