Heritage BC’s conference is a wrap: the best comment and the worst moment.

It’s a Wrap.

This year’s conference was probably our biggest endeavour – a three-day event with 50 presenters and packed full of workshops, plenaries, tours and meetings. In fact, the schedule was so tight, it took almost military-like precision to keep us on track. And we did it.

A lot can be – and will be – said about the conference in the coming weeks. We pushed boundaries and introduced new conversations. Old ways had to make way for new ideas, sometimes causing discomfort. But, over the course of the conference, it became clear people were ready (and sometimes even eager) to grapple with the challenging subjects.

A couple of (light-hearted) moments:

Our biggest fail: Hours went into the preparation and testing of the presentation for the awards ceremony. In fact, we were proud to have finished the presentation a week ahead, so there would be no last-minute panic. But, we were not prepared for technology’s cruel joke – shortly after starting the presentation before a crowded room, all the pictures disappeared, leaving us with just a sketch of the presentation. (As these things go, we checked the presentation the next day to find it gloriously illustrated.)

Our biggest success: we received many compliments about the food, which was plentiful and delicious. A rule of thumb for conferences is “no matter what, feed them well.” With full sincerity and much enthusiasm, one delegate at the awards dinner said, “this chicken is better than KFC!” High praise, indeed.

The ideas are already percolating for the 2019 conference. Stay tuned.

Thank you all for joining us and making the 2018 conference a great success.

We received many positive and constructive comments. Here is one that encapsulates our goals in programming this conference:

There are so many exciting conversations taking place in BC in the cultural heritage sector, all centered on how to create a more inclusive, respectful and holistic dialogue. It was great to learn about how academics, professionals and community practitioners are working to achieve this, and coming up with creative strategies that draw on the skills of other disciplines like storytelling and theatre, music and visual arts, planning, etc. There are great opportunities to connect heritage conservation to other fields where reconciliation and bridging diverse or contested narratives are already taking place.

Upcoming Open Forms and Webinars

Community Engagement

Friday, May 25 at noon PST

There is likely no greater expectation or aim for an organization or project than community engagement and consultation. Yet, it remains one of the more challenges aspects of our work. In this new webinar, we explore actionable ideas for engagement and hear from those who have found success.


  • Denise Cook, heritage consultant
  • Judith Cook, Heritage Planner, Information & Promotions, Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
  • Tracy Calogheros, The Exploration Place, Prince George


Open Forum for Not-for-Profit Heritage Organizations 3

Friday, June 1 at noon PST

Topics: Working with local government; developing relationships and advocacy.


Open Forum for Commissions 3

Friday, June 8 at noon PST

Topic: How the commission process is adapted in different communities: what works and what doesn’t


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