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Heritage BC announces public roundtables

This fall, Heritage BC will be in four Columbia Basin communities to explore the influences and practices of heritage and to understand their values and place in the context of community life. Local heritage, arts and culture organizations are invited to attend.

The four locations are:


Creston and District Community Complex, October 9 (9:00am-3:30pm)
Local partner: Creston Museum and Archives


Best Western Fernie, October 10 (9:00am-3:30pm)
Local partner: Fernie Museum


Trail Museum & Archives at the Riverfront Centre, October 12 (9:00am-3:30pm)
Local partner: Trail Museum and Archives


Arrow Lakes Historical Society & Archives, October 13  (9:00am-3:30pm)
Local partner: Arrow Lakes Historical Society & Archives

If you are able to attend one of the meetings, please use this link to register. Please share this link with your memberships, friends and colleagues.

We encourage participation at the meetings, but, if that is not possible, please share or complete this survey to pass along your comments.

About the Provincial Roundtables


It has been 10 years since the last public consultation that focused on heritage. Heritage has evolved in this time and it is important to understand its value and place in BC communities, and how it relates to arts and culture, so that strategies and programs can meet local needs.


The project will be managed by Heritage BC in collaboration with the Heritage Branch, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources and Rural Development.

Who can participant?

Anyone. This project will explore heritage in the context of culture and community, which means we want to hear from people working and volunteering in the heritage, museums, and archives sectors, plus archaeologists, local planners, elected officials, cultural workers, and the general public.

What is the process?

Heritage BC will work with one or more local stakeholders to plan for and facilitate the local consultation. The workshops format and questions will be tailored to the needs of the community. The local stakeholder(s) will help Heritage BC to fine-tune the process and spread the word throughout the community.

The community consultations will bring people together to share ideas, situations, challenges, successes, relationships, and aspirations related to heritage and other disciplines such as museums, archives, archaeology, and arts and culture. The meetings will aim to include and acknowledge all voices, providing opportunities for community members to bring personal, local, and regional perspectives to this important provincial initiative.

What happens with the collected information?

Each stakeholder will receive a report that summarizes the conversations, situations, challenges, successes, relationships, and aspirations as discussed at the local meeting. A complete report will be delivered to the Heritage Branch.

How will the information be used?

We anticipate the project will lead to a set of recommendations that will shape strategies and programs