Meet the Summer 2019 HCIP Recipients!

The Heritage Community Investment Program (HCIP) invests funds—provided by the City of Edmonton—into the stabilization, increased professionalism and innovation of heritage in Edmonton, for Edmontonians. The HCIP program offers four unique grant streams: Operational, Project, Project Accelerator, and Travel Grants to individuals and heritage organizations working to connect citizens to the stories of our city.

The Project Accelerator Grant and Travel Grant streams have four intake periods per year. Through these two grant streams, the EHC supports individuals and organizations undertaking small scale heritage projects that tell an Edmonton story uniquely or innovatively and provides assistance for travel, education, and research that shares an Edmonton story.



Creating Hope Society
Project Title: Stories from Amiskwaciwaskahikan

“To organize a community gathering titled Stories from Amiskwaciwaskahikan to honour and tell the legacy of the rich contributions of our ancestors who paved the way for what is now known as Edmonton.”


Derek Jogodzinsky
Project Title: Cree Couture

“This project involves the production of six contemporary highly visual, artistic garments in the style of haute couture that will showcase traditional Indigenous craftsmanship skills, culture, and values. These garments will be displayed in a public exhibit to promote the Indigenous Heritage of Edmonton in a positive and interesting context.”


Dustin Bajer
Project Title: Heritage Plants of Edmonton

Heritage plants are living representation of Edmonton’s story. As beings whose lives can span centuries, heritage plants are intergenerational messengers, and the products of our shared cultural values, geography, and climate.”


Somali Canadian Cultural Society of Edmonton
Project Title: Somali Museum 

“The Somali Canadian Cultural Society of Edmonton is developing a Museum of Somali Edmonton. The museum will organize elder/youth programming, build a sense of pride and identity in young Somali-Canadians, and introduce Edmontonians generally to Somali culture and heritage. We intend to develop the museum incrementally, initially with a virtual exhibit and public programming, and eventually with a facility.”


Thirdspace Playback Theatre
Project Title: Storylines – Community Dialogue Through Playback Theatre

Storylines seek to create community dialogues through the use of playback theatre, a form of improvisation theatre where community members tell stories from their lives, and actors play them back through movement, words, metaphor, and music. Thirdspace Playback Theatre Edmonton will collaborate with the Filipino-Canadian Saranay Association of Alberta through a series of playback workshops and public performance to offer a space for community members to share their heritage stories about immigration.”



Catherine Cole 

“The purpose of the study tour is to meet with both museum professionals and members of Somali communities in the UK who are exploring ways of working collaboratively to collect, research, and interpret Somali culture and the history of Somali immigration and contributions to UK society. This trip will inform the development of the Museum of Somali Edmonton.”

Ava Karvonen

“I have been invited to present the short film “Coming to Canada” as a special screening and speak about the “Finnish Migration Project” (produced with the support of the EHC and Finnish Society of Edmonton) at the 79th annual Finnish Canadian Festival in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The first festival was in Thunder Bay in 1940 and now is a summer tradition and held in different Canadian cities each year.”