HERITAGE: Imagining Futures

Conference Speakers

Sponsored by Grosvenor




Associate Professor, Faculty of Education and Department of Linguistics, University of Victoria; Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledge and Learning (Victoria, BC)

Lorna Williams is Lil’wat from the St’at’yem’c First Nation. She currently holds the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledge and Learning and is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Department of Linguistics at the University of Victoria. Throughout her career she has held a number of senior positions, notably as the Director of Aboriginal Education at the University of Victoria and the Director of the Aboriginal Enhancements Branch in the British Columbia Ministry of Education.

Dr. Williams is an educator with many years of experience in aboriginal education, indigenous language revitalization, effects of colonization on learning, indigenous ways of knowing, and curriculum design.  Within the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria, Dr. Williams has created a series of courses known as “Learning and Teaching in an Indigenous World.”  This program was designed to create a unique pedagogical space in the Faculty of Education where Indigenous wisdom is experienced by students and faculty members alike.

Dr. Williams currently sits on the University of Victoria’s Senate as a member at large and is Chair of the First Peoples Heritage, Language and Culture Council. In addition, Dr. Williams was a Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) Minerva Lecturer in 2007 and was inducted into the Order of British Columbia for her work in education in 1992.

The keynote and plenary session is sponsored by Donald Luxton & Associates Ltd.
Location: Victoria Harbour Towers


The First Peoples’ Cultural Council is a provincial Crown Corporation formed by the government of British Columbia in 1990 to administer the First Peoples’ Heritage, Language and Culture Program.

The mandate of the First Peoples’ Cultural Council is to assist B.C. First Nations in their efforts to revitalize their languages, arts and cultures. Since 1990, the First Peoples‘ Cultural Council has successfully distributed over $20 million to British Columbia’s Aboriginal communities for language, arts and culture projects.

The First Peoples’ Cultural Council is committed to providing communities with a high level of support and quality resources. Our cultural heritage, and the living expression of our identities, is integral to the health of all members of our Aboriginal communities, as well as to the well-being of all British Columbians.

The First Peoples’ Cultural Council serves:

  • 203 B.C. First Nations
  • 34 languages
  • 61 language dialects
  • First Nations arts and culture organizations
  • Aboriginal artists
  • Aboriginal education organizations


ELANA ZYSBLAT, Heritage Consultant, CAHP

Meaningfully Connecting People and Places. Professional Member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals (Building Specialist) 
Statements of Significance, Heritage Evaluations and Assessments, Conservation Plans, Condition Assessments, Historic Context Statements, Heritage Strategic Plans, public consultation and facilitation and development consulting. 



Gord is a master carpenter and building conservator with more than 30 years’ experience working with historic timber buildings.He has led his carpentry teams through a range of interesting and award-winning projects from the restoration of medieval castles to the re-creation of a 30-ton Roman war machine for BBC Television.Gord has worked at many diverse locations including the equatorial jungles of Suriname and the Ross Sea area of Antarctica.He is an instructor with the Cultural Resource Management Program at the University of Victoria where he teaches practical building conservation. Gord is the CEO of Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing, and he also serves as a director with Heritage BC.

Pamela Madoff

Pamela Madoff has been a community activist since she returned to Victoria in 1984. She has a particular interest in planning, heritage preservation, architectural design and urban planning. Prior to being elected to City Council in 1993 Pamela wrote and lectured in the areas of architectural history, preservation and urban planning. She was the B.C. Governor on the Heritage Canada Foundation and sat on the Board of the B.C. Heritage Trust. She also participated in the provincial Community Pride Project which involved travelling throughout the province facilitating workshops on heritage preservation and the economic benefits of heritage rehabilitation. Ms Madoff was also appointed to sit on the Victoria Accord committees, which developed long-term strategies for the future of both the Legislative Precinct and the Humboldt Valley.


Culture-Heritage Maps