Heritage BC: Heritage gets Hot+Noisy – 熱鬧 – to win the award

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BC Heritage Awards

We have dedicated many editions of the Heritage BC Update to the achievements of the many people and organizations that stood out in the past year. We celebrate their impacts on their communities and their efforts to conserve heritage and to increase awareness. Here are the recipients of the 2020 Education, Communication and Awareness heritage awards. A full list of the 2020 BC Heritage Award recipients is available on our website.


“Hot+Noisy” – 熱鬧- Chinatown Mahjong Social

June Chow 周慕慈, Youth Collaborative for Chinatown 青心在唐人街
Doris Chow 周慕怡, Youth Collaborative for Chinatown 青心在唐人街

Vancouver’s Chinatown Memorial Plaza is an important heritage site commemorating the contributions of early Chinese settlers. Since 2015, the Chinatown Mahjong Social has been held here, strengthening the relationship between people and place through “hot+noisy” games play. (“Hot+noisy” is a literal translation of the Chinese phrase 熱鬧 [Canto: yeet naau; Mando: re nao] used to describe the liveliness of an atmosphere.) The festive outdoor series invites young and old, locals and visitors alike, in the active practice of its place-keeping efforts within an evolving cultural landscape. Antics focus on learning and sharing cultural encounters with the area’s Chinese seniors. You can learn more about Youth Collaborative for Chinatown – 青心在唐人街 – here.

Vancouver Chinatown Cantonese Saturday School

June Chow 周慕慈, Youth Collaborative for Chinatown 青心在唐人街
Doris Chow 周慕怡, Youth Collaborative for Chinatown 青心在唐人街
Dr. Zoe Lam 林慧雯, University of British Columbia
Jeffrey Wong 黃家浚, Wongs’ Benevolent Association 黃氏宗親會
Aynsley Wong 黃麗珍, Wongs’ Benevolent Association 黃氏宗親會

Recognizing the decline of the Cantonese language due to global politics and economic trade relations, the Youth Collaborative of Chinatown developed a contemporary version of the Chinese School, which has a history and tradition that dates back 100+ years. The jury loved the way language and culture is shared with young people and they were impressed with the experiential programs that teach, practice and share cultural knowledge.

Húy̓at – Our Voices Our Land

Jennifer Carpenter, Heiltsuk Cultural Education Centre and Archive
Mark Wunsch, Greencoast Media
Dana Lepofsky, Simon Fraser University
Nancy Turner, University of Victoria

The website “Húy̓at: Our Voices our Land” is a multimedia, interactive exploration of the natural and cultural history of Húy̓at, one of a network of culturally significant places where the Heiltsuk First Nation lived for millennia. Through stunning 360-degree video tours, compelling audio-visuals of personal and oral historical stories, and summaries of archaeological and ecological surveys, the website explores ways to manage, conserve, and be respectful of our lands and seas. The jury noted the impressive collaborative relationships that made this project possible and the interesting blend of storytelling and imagery, as well as the diverse points of view and values designed to convey knowledge and Indigenous perspectives to a broad audience.

The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford Then & Now

Connie Hackett, The Reach Gallery Museum

“Then and Now” is a social media campaign that draws attention to Abbotsford’s built heritage, while boosting awareness of the loss of built heritage and an appreciation of the pace at which development is changing the historic face of the community. It is a fun program that appeals to different audiences, connecting them with their own environment.

Not Allowing the Forgetting to Prevail

Over the past several weeks, we aimed to contribute to a broader discussion of heritage and to recognize systemic challenges by providing space in our newsletter for ‘first-person’ accounts. We hope that, at least in a small way, these essays have added to the discourse and have helped us to take a step forward in breaking down barriers and building new relationships.

These essays have now found a home on our website so that we, as a sector that is anchored in history and heritage, do not let the forgetting prevail. If you have not already read these accounts, please do so now. You will find these messages to be thoughtful, emotional, personal and challenging responses to the events that have been gripping the USA and Canada and reverberating around the world.

You may also be interested in Taking Action, our webpage full of resources to help lead the sector toward comprehensive change through diversity and inclusivity.

Another important resource is our Indigenous Cultural Heritage page, which we continue to develop as we discover new information. Recently, we added a document that provides a summary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Originally intended for young readers, this resource provides an ‘in brief’, reader-friendly overview of some of the important language, themes and articles. You can access the document here.

Free Webinar

The Reality of Inclusion when Collaborating and Partnering with Indigenous Neighbours

Friday, September 18 at noon. Register here.

This illustrated presentation details how the Ktunaxa finally became the tellers of their own story in the Fernie Heritage Strategy, an 18-month journey that resulted in a remarkable and unprecedented collaboration of voices and stewards in the Elk Valley. The presentation will touch upon some of the unique aspects of the project process and shared lessons both presenters have taken away.

Elana Zysblat, Ance Building Services
Janice Alpine, Business Development Officer/Tourism Engagement, Ktunaxa Nation


NEW: Museum Assistance Program’s Emergency Assistance Fund

Our BCMA colleagues provided the following information about the updated MAP emergency assistance fund, which now supports small museums.

  • Small museums with budgets between $2,000 and $10,000 are now eligible to apply.
  • Even if you have not received MAP funding in the past, Canadian Heritage encourages you to review the eligibility requirements.
  • Canadian Heritage is aiming for a 4-6 week turnaround on all funding requests through this program.
  • Indigenous organizations responsible for caring for heritage collections are encouraged to apply.
  • Applications are coming in as expected, Canadian Heritage does not currently anticipate a funding shortfall for this program.
  • Closing date for applications is September 1, 2020

MAP COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund Now Available
The Museums Assistance Program (MAP) – COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Heritage Organizations provides financial assistance to organizations to allow for continued care of heritage collections under these exceptional circumstances so that they remain accessible to Canadians.

This is a new granting process, so even if your organization does not typically qualify for MAP grants, you are still encouraged to review the new criteria to check your eligibility. Smaller, seasonal community museums will be happy to hear that Canadian Heritage will be adjusting the sliding scale to be able to provide grants below $5,000 that are proportional to these budgets.

The deadline is September 1, 2020. Learn more.

Community Gaming Capital Project Grant program
The Community Gaming Capital Project Grant program provides $5 million annually to not-for-profit organizations throughout BC, to support the completion of inclusive, accessible capital projects that meet community-identified needs and priorities. Not-for-profit organizations can apply for a grant (up to a maximum of $250,000) between June 19 and August 14, with decisions communicated by the end of November 2020.

The program has been adjusted this year to address some of the financial challenges that organizations are facing due to COVID-19. Applications from all eligible organizations are encouraged; however, funding for 2020-21 will prioritize applications from organizations that are facing increased demand for services due to the pandemic as well as organizations that need to make modifications or purchase items to support physical distancing and/or virtual delivery (e.g. installing protective shields and barriers, kitchen reconfigurations, renovations to expand hand-washing, computer hardware, etc.). The Province is also increasing the amount it covers from 50% to 80% of the total cost of eligible capital projects directly related to COVID-19.

Learn more. Questions about the Community Gaming Capital Grant program can be directed to CommunityGamingGrants@gov.bc.ca or 250-356-1081.

Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – British Columbia
Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – British Columbia cost-shares infrastructure investments between the governments of Canada and British Columbia, local governments and other partners. There are two components to this program:

  1. Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure – Open Intake until October 1, 2020
  2. Rural and Northern Communities Infrastructure – Open Intake until October 22, 2020

Helping First Nations bring ancestors, belongings home
The B.C. government will be providing $500,000 to the BC Museums Association to provide a range of grants to support communities at different stages of the repatriation process. First Nations communities and organizations will be eligible for grants to support repatriation planning, building capacity to take on repatriation projects, and encouraging collaboration with cultural organizations. Applications will open on September 8, 2020. Learn more on BCMA’s website.

Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Yosef Wosk Publication Grant Cycle for 2020-2021 is now open. The deadline is September 30th, 2020. The Yosef Wosk Publication Grant page includes application guidelines and a budget template. Learn more.

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