Heritage Horticulture: Cultivating Participation with the Edmonton Heritage Council

Edmontonians invited to share what places matter to them for an ECAMP project.

Participation and engagement are terms at the forefront of any heritage and non-profit organization. With these sectors facing a steady barrage of new technology—new ways to participate!—and a constant flow of coinciding research— how to truly engage!—it’s important for us to consider what these terms mean for the Edmonton Heritage Council and their role in our organizational orchestra… Read more »

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What’s in a Name? Digging into Mill Woods Place Names with City Hall School

A response from a City Hall School student

We are surrounded by names. Our friends have names. Our streets and our neighbourhoods have names. Our schools and our buildings have names. The word for the name of a specific place or space is a toponym. While I’m not a toponymist (someone who studies place names professionally), I understand that these names are laden with the stories,… Read more »

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Looking Back & Looking Forward

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The Edmonton Heritage Council has been administering the Heritage Community Investment Program (HCIP) on behalf of Edmonton City Council for the past four years, as recommended in The Art of Living: A Plan for Securing the Future of Arts & Heritage in the City of Edmonton: 2008-2018. During this time over 1.2 million dollars has been… Read more »

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The Future City Museum

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The idea of an Edmonton museum has been with us for decades, a project handed from generation to generation.  It’s in our hands now (“our” meaning the collective “we” of Edmonton, but yes, the Heritage Council is providing leadership).  It’s a critical year for the initiative. If you’ve been following, you’ll know that the idea… Read more »

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First Steps on a Long Journey: Camsell Hospital Symposium

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It has been two years since the Truth and Reconciliation’s National Event in Edmonton, but our city is still figuring out how to reconcile different narratives of important people, places and events. A key part of this for many in the community is the complicated history and legacy of the Charles Camsell Hospital. It has… Read more »

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Righting History: Creating Space for Indigenous Knowledge at the Museum of Vancouver

Images courtesy of the Museum of Vancouver.

In this guest post, Tori McNish reflects on her visit to the Museum of Vancouver’s c̓əsnaʔəm exhibition and asks what museums in Alberta can learn from its creation. In July 2015, I attended the Historical Thinking Summer Institute in Vancouver. The Historical Thinking Summer Institute is run by Dr. Peter Seixas of UBC, who is the Director… Read more »

2016 EHC Annual General Meeting

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We invite EHC collaborators, members, and guests to our 2016 Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, May 11th, 2016! Please join in celebrating an active and exciting year in local heritage that saw many new projects, collaborations, and conversations inspired by our city’s story. The heritage sector and local communities are building stronger connections and forming many new… Read more »

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Shaking Up the EHC Website

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You may have noticed some changes with our website lately… In late 2014, we launched completely fresh edmontonheritage.ca—a redesign that reflected a bit of a growth spurt for the Edmonton Heritage Council. We were evolving from a young organization—small in number but flush with ideas, goals and long-term plans—into an organization with more staff, increasingly diverse programming,… Read more »

People, Community and Museums in Cities of Migration

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In spring 2015, Poushali Mitra embarked on a three-month educational trip to England and South Africa to engage with migrant communities, obtain first-hand knowledge of their challenging lifestyle, and experience how local museum reflect their experience. In this guest blog post, she reflects on her own professional development during the trip. As a migrant myself, and working with fellow migrant communities (those… Read more »

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Embarking on the Mountain Path

The seven volumes of the Final Report of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission

In December 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada shared its final report—the culmination of over 6 years of work to document the truth of the Indian Residential School System in Canada. The final report is nearly 3800 pages and references the 5.5 Million documents collected and almost 7000 testimonies given by survivors from… Read more »

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