Shaking Up the EHC Website

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

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

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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Introducing the Newest Member of the EHC Team, Miranda Jimmy!

As the newest staff member of the Edmonton Heritage Council, I wanted to take some time to introduce myself to the EHC community. In December 2015, I assumed the role of Program Manager and am bringing my perspective to heritage work in our community. I am Cree and a proud member of Treaty 6. Edmonton… Read more »

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Making Space at Museum Camp 2015

I was fortunate enough to attend my second Museum Camp this past August hosted by the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History. This summer’s focus was on SPACE—as in making space—and challenged campers to consider how we make space for ourselves and for others. Spaces are strongly tied to empowerment and forming new partnerships, and creating safer… Read more »

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Truth, Reconciliation, and a Whole Lot of Learning

In late May and early June 2015, Historian Laureate Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail traveled to Ottawa to present at the Canadian Historical Association’s 2015 Conference and to participate in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s closing events. In this guest blog post, she shares her experience of truth and reconciliation in the nation’s capital.   — When I applied for the EHC’s… Read more »

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Five Reasons that Pop-up Museums Fit Right in with ECAMP

Pop-ups are quickly becoming a popular M.O. for enthusiasts in all facets of life. We often hear of people taking a parking spot and transforming it into a disco club for a lunch hour, or experimental restaurants using found food to create delicious meals in strange locations. Temporary by design, pop-ups allow creative people to… Read more »

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Rapid Protyping in Action: The Tannery Arts Center

As EHC Program & Operations Manager Ericka gets ready to head to MuseumCamp 2015, she reflects one final time on what she learned last summer at MuseumCamp 2014 in Santa Cruz. Here she writes about the hands-on work applying rapid prototyping to a local arts centre and the lessons she learned through the work. Click to view her first and second… Read more »

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2015 EHC Annual General Meeting

  We invite EHC collaborators, members, and guests to our 5th Anniversary Annual General Meeting on May 27th, 2015!   It’s been an active period at EHC throughout 2014 and into 2015. We have collaborated with organizations and launched new initiatives increasing the public profile of Edmonton’s history and heritage. We see stronger connections within… Read more »

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Breaking Down Misconceptions Around Edmonton’s Built Heritage

On the evening of Thursday, February 5, roughly thirty people braved a blizzard to attend the inaugural Old YEG Cafe at the Prince of Wales Armouries. This event, put on by the brand-new grassroots organization, Heritage Forward!, centred on a panel discussion around common misconceptions about Edmonton’s heritage buildings. The organizing committee, which is completely… Read more »