june, 2018

07jun9:00 am4:00 pmThe State of the Sector: Heritage BC9:00 am - 4:00 pm


(Thursday) 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Event Details





The State of the Sector: The first of a series of provincial roundtables exploring the role and influences of heritage throughout BC.

Heritage BC, in partnership with the Heritage Branch, is launching a series of roundtables and community consultations that will take us into nearly 20 communities throughout BC.

June 7th/2018, 9am to 4pm at Reid Hall, 2279 Benvoulin Road

Refreshments and lunch provided.

For more information or to RSVP, please phone COHS at 250-861-7188 or email cohs@telus.net

Paul Gravett, Executive Director Heritage BC, phone 604-816-4183 or email pgravett@heritagebc.ca



The Purpose

The consultations will bring people together to share ideas, situations, challenges, successes, relationships, and aspirations related to heritage and other disciplines such as museums, archives, archaeology, and arts and culture. The meetings will ensure all sectoral and regional voices are heard and acknowledged, providing opportunities for community members to bring personal, local, and regional perspectives to this important provincial initiative. 

With this series of consultations, we want to explore heritage as it is understood and practiced in the broader context of community life.


The consultations will include a broad and diverse participation of people working and volunteering in the heritage, museums, and archives sectors, plus archaeologists, local governments (planners, councilors), cultural workers, and the general public. A special effort will be made to include First Nations and distinct communities.

A note about ‘distinct communities’: this refers to any group of people who share a common identity based on self-identified social, cultural, ethnic, religious, geographic and abilities distinctions.


It has been 10 years since the last public consultation that focused on heritage.

Bringing together personal, local, and regional perspectives, the collected information will inform province-wide strategic development and influence program development and delivery, as well as provide a model of community consultation and engagement and a catalyst for collaborations and communications. 

The Process

We have developed a workshop presentation that will cover topics ranging from the definition of heritage to its impact on economy and the environment. This will act as a template that can be fine-tuned for each consultation, so that each community can feel connected and respected to the process.

Heritage BC will work with one or more local stakeholders to plan for and facilitate the local consultation. The local stakeholder(s) will help us to fine-tune the process and spread the word throughout the community.

The process will be built on three principal values:

·       Inclusivity – we welcome everyone to participate and share.

·       Listening – our role is to hear and not speak. We will not imply or impose ideas.

·       Respecting – all ideas are worthy of consideration

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