September 28, 2016

Dear Subscriber,

Placing B.C. Francophone Culture on the Map

It has been a busy year charting B.C.’s cultural heritage.

Not long ago, we completed the Chinese Historic Places map and updated the World War Monuments and Memorials map. More recently, we launched the nominations process to map Japanese-Canadian historic places, and now we are launching a project to recognize Francophone cultural sites.

The BC Francophone Cultural Mapping Project is the first of two phases that brings together the Heritage Branch and Tourism Policy Branch with project partners Heritage BC, the Francophone Economic Development Society, and Francophone Historical Society in a collective effort to produce a map of sites and stories with cultural tourism and heritage values.

The sites will be selected from two inventories previously created in collaboration with members of the Francophone community; one of cultural tourism sites and services, and the other of sites, properties, historical figures and experiences related to Francophone culture and heritage. When mapped, the sites will visually communicate and draw attention to Francophone cultural tourism and heritage sites and services around the Province in both official languages.

By recognizing the valuable contributions made by the Francophone community to B.C.’s economic, cultural and social fabric, we increase our collective understanding of British Columbia’s diverse identity.

This project was funded in part through Francophone Affairs Program Partnership Funding, and generous in-kind support from SplitMango web designs.



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 conservation work that is going on throughout our province. Today, we feature the Potato House in Williams Lake.


The Potato House Project demonstrates that collective initiative and vision can achieve positive community change. Operating as a high-profile drop-in centre and garden space, the Potato House inspires personal and community self-sufficiency and celebrates smaller ecological footprints.

The Potato House, named for the plentiful vegetable patch of one of its long-standing owners, was purchased in 2011 by The Potato House Sustainable Community Society. Their vision was to rehabilitate and reuse the house for activities that align with principles of the 1930s, when the house was built and when recycling and reuse were critical to everyday life. “The ideas of the community gardens, composting, urban agriculture, even recycling have already been recycled from the era of this house,” commented Mary Forbes, president of the Potato House Society.

Interest in the project was swift: “We knew our community loved The Potato House, but once the renovations started we were mobbed with requests for use,” noted Forbes. Valued as an example of Williams Lake’s urban agricultural history, the Potato House is an oasis of history, culture and community, and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Sustainability is the common thread woven throughout this project: to preserve and reuse an important heritage structure; to incorporate and develop programs of environmental sustainability; and to sustain and engage the local community.

“The ideas of the community gardens, composting, urban agriculture, even recycling have already been recycled from the era of this house.” — Mary Forbes, Potato House Society President

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

Photo Credit: ©Amy Mitchell, 2015

Acknowledging a Rich Heritage

South Asian Canadian Historic Places Recognition Project

Heritage BC is seeking nominations from the public, British Columbians and beyond, for nominations of historic places that they believe are significant to 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.

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

» Nominate a South Asian Canadian historic place

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. For more information about this project, see our website: South Asian Canadian Historic Places Recognition Project

Correction: Link to the B.C. Register of Historic Places

A selection 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. Last week's announcement about the South Asian Canadian Historic Places Recognition Project contained an inaccurate link to the B.C. Register of Historic Places. To learn more about the Register, please visit: 

» B.C. Register of Historic Places


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JOIN US TODAY: 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: Level 3 Meeting 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: 

» Today: Japanese Canadian Heritage Values Workshop



Nominations are now open for Heritage BC’s Annual Awards Program, recognizing the 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 in February 2017.

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

Nominations can be submitted through Heritage BC’s website until the end of the day on Friday, November 4, 2016.



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

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

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.



The Strathcona Church, 431 Princess Ave., Vancouver BC

Saturday, October 15, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Register here: $30 (+tax) 

This workshop will provide you with the knowledge to author a Statement of Significance, following the formal conventions to draft an SOS for submission to three levels of government. Heritage professionals, students, homeowners, heritage building and site owners are all welcome. This workshop will be led by BC Heritage Branch Senior Heritage Planner, Berdine Jonker. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Thank you to the Provincial Heritage Branch for providing sponsorship for this workshop.
This course earns 4 Core LU’s AIBC

For more information about the Vancouver Heritage Foundation's Education Offerings, visit their website: 

» Vancouver Heritage Foundation: Learn with us 



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


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

Join the discussion:              #HeritageBC



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