Posts Categorized: City Heritage

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

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

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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First Steps on a Long Journey: Camsell Hospital Symposium

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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2016 EHC Annual General Meeting

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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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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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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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 »

History as a Building Site: New Ways of Thinking about Heritage Controversies in Edmonton

This guest post from Edmonton’s Historian Laureate Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail is based on her talk at Creative Mornings in July 2014 on the topic of ‘Heritage’. History is not the past. Many people have the sense that capital H History equals the past. There are even professional historians who go through life on this assumption. The new-ish way… Read more »