Three Signature Tours will be offered on Thursday, May 9:
- Walking interpretive tour of Newcastle Island
- Weaving and Storytelling: a cultural experience
Interpretive tour of downtown Nanaimo: Walk through time with the City of Nanaimo’s Heritage Planner and Community Archivist as you discover the heritage and history of Nanaimo through its downtown heritage buildings. Information will also be provided on the City’s Heritage Conservation Program as it relates to Nanaimo’s ongoing efforts to revitalize its downtown. Led by Chris Sholberg, Heritage Planner, City of Nanaimo and Christine Meutzner, Manager, Nanaimo Community Archives.
The Signature Tours are sponsored by:
Industrial Heritage: from warehouses, factories and breweries to bridges, sawmills, shipyards, and mines
Thursday, May 9, 2019
9:00am to 3:30pm
British Columbia traces much of its colonial history and heritage to the industries of fishing, mining, forestry, farming and transportation, which were impressively supported with an infrastructure of mines, mills, canneries, trains and tracks, and much more.
Although industry has had a significant and lasting influence on BC’s story, priorities, conditions, technologies and economies have changed and many structures are now either abandoned, neglected, or at risk of disappearing altogether.
As the threats increase, it is becoming increasingly important for us to recognize and appreciate the historical, technological, social, architectural and scientific values of industrial culture.
This day-long workshop investigates industrial heritage, connections to the Standards and Guidelines for Conservation of Historic Places, technologies that can be used to capture and assess data, and management and environmental issues. The workshop includes a site visit to the Morden Colliery Historic Provincial Park and the concrete head frame/tipple that was the first of its kind in the region and is still standing today as a reminder of a once thriving BC industry.
Workshop leaders include:
Kirstin Clausen, Britannia Mine Museum
Don Luxton, Donald Luxton & Associates
Gord Macdonald, Heritageworks
Christine Meutzner, Manager, Nanaimo Community Archives
Chris Sholberg, Heritage Planner, City of Nanaimo
Friends of Morden Mine
What we heard
Friday, May 10
It was exactly one year ago when Heritage BC initiated the Provincial Roundtables on Heritage project. We held 26 meetings that brought together nearly 500 people who told us about the influences, practices, values and visions of heritage in the context of community life.
Participants shared their ideas, aspirations and challenges, as we explored eight themes, including the definition of heritage and its evolving practice, identity and future opportunities, and the opportunities of collaboration and the stewardship of the environment.
The roundtables were always thought-provoking, inspiring, challenging, and sometimes even surprising. We came away from the meetings with a new perspective on heritage and a refreshed appreciation of BC’s heritage workers and their work.
In this morning plenary session, we will explore what we heard, and we will consider the implications. We then sit down with the Heritage Branch, and respond to your questions, as we explore the current state and future potential of our sector.
We guarantee you will leave changed.
Richard Linzey, Director, Integrated Resources Operations, Heritage Branch (Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development)
Geneviève Casault, Manager, Heritage Programs and Services (Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development)
The State of Heritage Plenary is sponsored by:
Making Space: Indigenous Partnerships
Collaboration and partnerships have long been buzzwords, but they never fail to inspire greater vision and achievement. Our colleagues around the province have told us that working together is the ideal: bringing people together with values of sharing and listening, and supporting through dialogue and mutual goals. They have also told us these are the important steps to greater understanding and reconciliation. In this workshop, we explore the lessons learned and successes of inspiring collaborations between museums and their local Indigenous communities.
Sophia Maher, General Manager, Nanaimo Museum
How well do you know your place?
Having a sense of place means more than what makes a location special or unique. Names are important: they signify place, stories, history and memory. When we recognize Indigenous place names, we deepen memory and time, contributing to preservation, revitalization and strengthening of Indigenous histories, languages and cultures. More and more communities are exploring traditional place names to reflect the culture of the original inhabitants of the territory. In Victoria, visitors can now consult wayfinding signage featuring both Lekwungen and English geographic names, and they can relax at the renamed šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énk Square, located at the Vancouver Art Gallery. This long-term work is still evolving as a means of representing the coexistence of all the cultures that have built our past and our present history.
Carla Jack, Provincial Toponymist, BC Geographical Names Office, Heritage Branch
Planning for Cultural Identity: Hearing the Voices of the Community
Revealing the diverse layers of communities can be challenging, especially when the tangible heritage of that community has vanished, and the voices have been silenced. In this session, we will hear from some of those voices from the Island and learn how this information can be uncovered. We will focus on fire insurance maps and, maps and place names, in general, in revealing and acknowledging the cultural identities of our communities.
Imogene L Lim, PhD, Anthropology, Vancouver Island University
Geraldine Manson, Shq'apthut & Health & Human Services, Full-time Elder in Residence at Vancouver Island University
Michael Abe, Project Manager, Landscapes of Injustice
Commemorative plaques and stops of interest are common forms of marking a moment in history. But, increasingly, we are recognizing that storytelling is not as multi-faceted as our communities. On this walking tour, you will explore markers of history found in the neighbouring downtown and consider alternative approaches and identities.
Imogene L Lim, PhD, Anthropology, Vancouver Island University
Chelsea Forseth, Nanaimo Museum
Building Resilience, Practical Guidelines for the Sustainable Rehabilitation of Buildings in Canada
Building Resilience: Practical Guidelines for the Retrofit and Rehabilitation of Buildings in Canada serves as a “sustainable building toolkit” that will enhance understanding of the environmental benefits of heritage conservation and of the strong interrelationship between natural and built heritage conservation. Intended as a useful set of best practices, the guidelines in Building Resilience can be applied to existing and traditionally constructed buildings as well as formally recognized heritage places.
Over the span of three workshops, we will focus on the environmental benefits of built heritage conservation and the relationship between natural and built heritage conservation.
Mark Brandt, OAA, RAIC, CAHP, LEED AP, AIA IA, APT, Senior Conservation Architect & Urbanist, MTBA Associations
Heritage for All
Heritage advocates often do not understand why the broader community doesn't feel compelled to defend the value of heritage and the importance it serves the community. However, there may be some questions that advocates need to ask of their own organizations. Does your heritage organization reflect the diversity of your community? Does it represent a cross-section of ages, backgrounds, gender and orientation? Does the heritage your organization seeks to protect reflect the diversity of cultural and community values of the broader community? In this presentation, Maria and Julia, along with other community panelists will review the perceptions and obstacles to making heritage more inclusive, and give examples of successful models for inclusion to advance the role of heritage as an integral part of community building.
Julia Hulbert, Arts & Culture Planner, Vancouver Park Board
Maria Stanborough, Principal Consultant, C+S Planning Group
Kamala Todd, Indigenous Arts and Culture Planner and Videographer
Heritage Conservation Areas: Theory and Practice
This workshop contrasts the theory behind a key built heritage management tool, the use of Conservation Areas, with the reality of their implementation. Katie Cummer will outline and illustrate the practice with international examples along with two local case studies: City of Victoria, which is currently introducing a community-led approach to area conservation; and the District of Oak Bay, which is introducing its first conservation area after extensive research, planning and consultation. Tania Muir and guest speakers will reflect on their experiences with Heritage Conservation Areas, addressing and discussing some of the challenges in implementing this important tool.
Katie Cummer, Principal of Cummer Heritage Consulting
Tania Muir, Director of the Cultural Resource Management Program at the University of Victoria
Pamela Madoff, former councillor for the City of Victoria
Britney Quail, Heritage Planner, City of New Westminster
Navigating BC Legislation, Acts and Codes
Heritage buildings are affected by multiple pieces of legislation in BC, including the Heritage Conservation Act, Building Act, Local Government Act, Community Charter, and Homeowner Protection Act. This legislation is driven by a diversity of policy objectives, resulting in varying interpretations. The lack of clarity on which existing buildings are deemed “heritage” and the varying policy objectives feeds into a larger issue: the inconsistent application of the BC Building Code (BCBC) to heritage buildings. Dian and Aman will highlight opportunities to address a number of policy objectives, such as preservation of character-defining elements, health and safety, fire and structural protection (seismic resilience), accessibility, and energy and water efficiency, through a coordinated regulatory framework for heritage buildings in BC, thereby facilitating best practices in heritage building rehabilitations. This presentation is based upon the 2018 Heritage Building Regulatory Framework, prepared for BC’s Building and Safety Standards Branch, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, providing clarity on the existing regulatory structure for heritage buildings, with particular emphasis on the Building Act and the 2018 BC Building Code (BCBC). Participants will be given an opportunity to provide direct feedback.
Dian Ross, Codes Administrator, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Aman Gill, Senior Policy Analyst, Building and Safety Standards Branch, Office of Housing and Construction Standards, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Jan Ross, Site Manager and Curator, Emily Carr House
Reclaiming Place: Interpreting Historic Landscapes
The practice of heritage has shifted from a single focus on the built environment to one that includes the natural landscapes, music, art, theatre, story, science, sport and recreation culture. Cultural landscapes provide opportunities to expand the conversation, building community identity, cultivating new champions, and creating a culture where heritage interpretation is exciting and relevant. More than that, cultural landscapes also allow us to reanimate and conserve historic spaces and interpret the landscapes in meaningful ways.
Desiree Valadares, University of California (Berkeley) and University of Victoria Landscapes of Injustice
Meaghan Cursons, member of the Cumberland Heritage Commission, and Executive Director of the Cumberland Community Forest Society
Future of Heritage: Educating Young People
After meeting over 400 people through the State of Heritage Roundtables, we heard education is one of our biggest challenges. If young people are not introduced to local history and heritage places, what will happen to the stories that have shaped our communities and who we are? Education is the best tool for empowering young people to identify historic significance and values, to steward the environment for future generations, and to integrate cultural worldviews into their lifelong learning. Tackling this challenge, Vancouver Heritage Foundation has been developing a broad-based Heritage Study Guide for Schools. In this working session, VHF introduces their program and asks for your input, examples to learn from, and recommendations.
Judith Mosley, Executive Director, Vancouver Heritage Foundation
Jessica Quan, Special Projects Coordinator, Vancouver Heritage Foundation
Watch this space for more programming announcements.