November 2, 2016

Dear Subscriber,

Do you want to honour a colleague or recognize exceptional heritage work?

Nominations are still open for Heritage BC's Annual Awards. But, time is running out: the deadline is Friday, November 4.

The Awards recognize outstanding and significant achievements in heritage conservation of individuals, organizations, groups, businesses and governments in communities across B.C. The award-winners will be feted at the Awards Ceremony and Gala, held during Heritage Week on February 15, 2017.

Awards will be presented in four categories: Heritage Conservation; Heritage Education and Awareness; Heritage Planning and Management, and the Distinguished Service Award.

Mark It In Your Calendar

Heritage BC Awards Night is Wednesday, February 15, 2017. 

Acknowledging a Rich Heritage

South Asian Canadian Historic Places Recognition Project

Heritage BC is pleased to announce that the nomination deadline has been extended to November 30, 2016!

We are seeing more and more importance 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.

Historic places don't have to be grand, or even very old. They can range from buildings, monuments, cemeteries and parks to entire neighbourhoods or districts. An historic place could even be a place where an event happened, or where buildings once stood, but have now been 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 30, 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.

Earlier this year, Heritage BC completed the 2014 economic impact study, part of a larger project completed on behalf of the Heritage Branch. In the coming weeks, we will share with you some of the collected stories, showcasing the good heritage work that is going on throughout our province.


Identifying Intangible Heritage Values for Vancouver’s Chinatown Heritage

“Chinatown’s character is defined by more than just the design of its buildings,” writes Dr. Henry Yu in his article, Start Saving Chinatown in the Vancouver Sun newspaper.

To understand this ‘character,’ or intangible heritage values, public workshops were conducted to capture what people value most about the area and why it is special and important, focusing specifically on non-physical attributes including traditions, activities, events, sights and sounds. This process revealed the many nuances that draw people to the neighbourhood. Dr. Yu continues, “Chinatown is undergoing many changes, and it is fundamentally important to understand what different and diverse people value about Chinatown, why it is unique and important to them, before these values are lost.”

The responses and identified values were summarized in a report, the first of its kind in British Columbia, for the Province of B.C. and the City of Vancouver. The report also includes key recommendations to help ensure these intangible values are not lost, but rather, conserved, promoted and celebrated.

Identifying Vancouver’s Chinatown’s intangible heritage is an important step to inform future decision-making regarding the conservation of its heritage resources and unique identity.

“Chinatown’s character is defined by more than just the design of its buildings,” writes Dr. Henry Yu in his article, Start Saving Chinatown in the Vancouver Sun newspaper.

Do you have a story that demonstrates the impact of heritage investment in the province? Contact Amy at acalder@heritagebc.ca.




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

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

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

NOTE: 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.


Offered by University of Victoria Continuing Studies, this three-day workshop will engage your board, staff, community champions, sponsors and members in widening the circle of support for your cultural organization. Discussions will focus on how your organization’s mission, leadership, governance, marketing and communications all impact fund development. Lectures, case studies and interactive group discussions will be woven together to encourage participants from both large and small institutions to share their own experiences in the vital work of fund development.

Instructor: Judy Oberlander
Visit here for more details and registration.


Shadbolt Center, 6450 Deer Lake, Burnaby

Friday, November 25, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Register: at  http://cahp-acecp.ca/chapters/british-columbia/  by PayPal or send cheque before November 10 to:  BCAHP 1030 - 470 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

Please register early and help us in planning the meeting.

General attendance $40.00 (BCAHP $35.00) incl. coffee breaks & lunch 
No host wine & cheese reception at 4:00 pm

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