Heritage BC is a non-profit, charitable and member-based organization that is dedicated to supporting heritage conservation in British Columbia. Our members represent the interests of community heritage conservation from all parts of the province.
Heritage BC members recognize heritage as a “broad concept [that] includes the natural as well as the cultural environment. It encompasses landscapes, historic places, sites and built environments, as well as bio-diversity, collections, past and continuing cultural practices, knowledge and living experiences.” (International Council on Monuments and Sites, ICOMOS)
Heritage BC members are custodians of BC’s heritage: learning, preserving, conserving, interpreting and promoting heritage in trust for the benefit of society, its development and its enjoyment.
Heritage BC members recognize the importance of differing perspectives, approaches and worldviews that inform the definition, conservation and interpretation of the history and heritage of British Columbians, including Indigenous peoples and all distinct communities.
Heritage BC members recognize the importance of community consultation in defining, interpreting, and representing heritage with a goal to promote knowledge, appreciation, understanding, retention, management, and reconciliation.
Heritage BC members recognize that history and heritage are complex and layered and they welcome the multiplicity of interpretations, representations, practices, and innovations that continue to inform our expanding and evolving sector.
Heritage BC recognizes the importance of community engagement, collaboration and consultation in describing the values, benefits and diversity of heritage.
Heritage BC members recognize the confidentiality and rights to self-determination of individuals, groups, Indigenous peoples, and all distinct communities.
Heritage BC members consider the ethical obligations due to involved and affected parties, recognizing the rights and privileges of others and obtaining informed consent and necessary permissions.
Heritage BC members will support and apply best practices, avoiding harm, as reasonable to the circumstance.
Heritage BC members agree to uphold the objectives and intentions of this agreement, and to support Heritage BC in achieving its purposes, aims and objects. Members agree not to speak on behalf of the organization, recognizing Heritage BC represents the broad needs of a diverse sector.
Heritage BC members are eligible for a 30% discount on The National Trust for Canada membership.
Benefits include the magazine ‘Heritage’, free admission to National Trust historic sites and properties in the US, UK and Australia, and reduced rates for The National Trust for Canada conference. Download the National Trust Discount Membership Form and enter promo code ‘Heritage BC’.