The Edmonton Heritage Council has undertaken a number of initiatives that explore Edmonton’s past and present, and look toward the city’s future with the goal of providing Edmontonians a deeper understanding of who they are.

Edmonton Commonwealth Walkway

The Commonwealth Walkway project is a standalone exhibit expanding 10KM through the North Saskatchewan River Valley. From the Funicular to the Groat Bridge, the Walkway includes paths to the Indigenous Art Park, John Walter Museum and Alberta Legislature and displays 31 Medallion’s displaying Queen Elizabeth II’s personal monogram. At each medallion, place-specific stories live on the Commonwealth Walkway app

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The FIRE Grant program (Funding Indigenous Resurgence in Edmonton) provides funding assistance—up to $10,000—to Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) individuals and organizations to support projects that help tell important stories about our community.

The FIRE grant program is designed by Indigenous people for Indigenous people. This program supports Indigenous peoples’ inherent right to self-determination and cultural resurgence, and we hope to provide folks with the support and resources to advance their brilliant work.

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Edmonton City as Museum Project

The Edmonton City As Museum Project tells the best stories Edmonton has to offer, from the perspective of Edmontonians.

A stepping stone to an eventual bricks and mortar city museum, the Edmonton City As Museum Project uses the web to preserve and present Edmonton’s urban heritage: the people, places, things and moments that make us who we are.

Far from a dusty archive, the Edmonton City As Museum Project—or #ECAMP—offers a colourful look at this multifaceted city.

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On April 1st, 2016 a diverse group of people gathered at the Santa Maria Goretti Centre with one aim: to explore the many sides and stories of the Charles Camsell Hospital site from its early days through to its decommissioning in 1996.

Elders, former patients, academics, as well as heritage and health professionals gave presentations and worked together in facilitated groups, all to increase our general understanding and think of ways this history can be accessed, shared and acknowledged.

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Historian Laureate

Cheryl Whiskeyjack and Omar Yaqub are Edmonton's current Historians Laureate, selected by the Edmonton Historical Board and the Edmonton Heritage Council.

Over a century ago, Indigenous people welcomed Syrians to the prairies. During one of those early meetings the newcomers attempted to trade using British sterling, the Indigenous people had no need for currency, they suggested food instead, and a shared feast ensued.

Cheryl and Omar are inheritors of this feast. Their stories come together in response to another group of Syrians that arrived in Edmonton in 2015. They began by welcoming these newcomers at the airport with Indigenous song and dance, and grew to realize there was more to explore.

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Capital Modern

Capital Modern allows us to explore the impact that modernism had on our city’s development during the most productive period of the last century and seeks to find the connections to the design and architecture of today.

This website is intended as an interactive reproduction of the material contained in the publication Capital Modern: Edmonton Architecture and Urban Design 1940-1969 (copies still available at the Art Gallery of Alberta Shop), a companion publication to the exhibition of the same name held at the Art Gallery of Alberta in 2007.

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