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Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street


Shaping Vancouver 2017: Undefined Heritage - Diversity, Inclusivity and Understanding

May 11, 2017


FREE, registration is required. Donations to Heritage Vancouver are much appreciated.


When: Thu, May 11, 2017. 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and Heritage Vancouver

Conversation #2: Undefined Heritage: Diversity - Inclusivity and Understanding

What would a broader narrative that includes our diverse histories that shaped our city look like? Heritage policy in Vancouver has historically been dominated by a pre-1940 Anglo-Colonial bias that has limited how and what we define as heritage. This has resulted in the exclusion of many narratives that are essential to the development of our city. In this talk, we explore what it means when Vancouver Specials, diverse cultural groups, immigrant experiences, and long-established international influences are missing from this conversation. We also wish to explore how these marginalized styles, histories, cultures, and people worthy of recognition exist within the mainstream conversation on heritage, and how they might exist in an expanded field where they may be recognized on more equal footing. 


Michael Schwartz is Director of Community Engagement at the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC. Over the past four years in this role, Michael has increased the visibility of the JMABC through innovative public programming including The Chosen Food Supper Club, The Kitchen Stories podcast, seven online exhibits, and collaborations with organizations including Capture Photography Festival, the Contemporary Art Gallery, and the HUA Foundation.

Kiriko Watanabe is a Vancouver-based curator with a special interest in West Coast modern art, architecture and design. Born and raised in Japan, she received a master’s degree in Critical Curatorial Studies at the University of British Columbia. She is Assistant Curator at the West Vancouver Museum and organizes the Museum's annual West Coast Modern Home Tour. Her dedication to raising awareness about West Coast mid-century modern architecture and design earned her a Metro Vancouver 2010 RAIC Advocate of Architecture Award of Excellence from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada/Architecture Canada. She is co-author and curator of Selwyn Pullan: Photographing Mid-Century West Coast Modernism and curator of From the Inside Out: Integrating Art and Architecture on the West Coast.

Pete Fry is a long time Strathcona resident and community advocate. As former chair of The Strathcona Resident’s Association, Pete was active in several efforts to preserve local heritage sites including the Heatley Block. Frustrated by his experience as a citizen volunteer on the City of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside Local Area Planning and lack of transparency around the viaducts removal, Fry ran for city council in 2014 and has been a vocal critic of planning in and around Strathcona, Chinatown and the DTES. Pete is currently involved in the development of a cultural centre and community land trust proposal for the Hogan’s Alley site under the soon-to-be-removed Georgia-Dunsmuir viaducts.

Maurice Guibord est le Président de la Société historique francophone de la Colombie-Britannique. Il oeuvre dans les secteurs de l'histoire et du patrimoine depuis presque 30 ans. Il a travaillé dans les domaines de la conservation et des programmes au musée Glenbow de Calgary et au Burnaby Village Museum, et s’est aussi manifesté dans les organismes culturels, patrimoniaux et muséaux en Alberta et en C.-B. Il est conseiller fondateur de la société Heritage Vancouver, et demeure actif avec la Vancouver Heritage Foundation et aussi Radio-Canada à titre de chroniqueur historique. Il détient une Maitrise en Histoire de l'université Simon Fraser, et il réside dans le région métropolitaine de Vancouver depuis plus de 25 ans.

Maurice Guibord is the President of the Société historique francophone de la Colombie-Britannique. He has been involved in history and heritage for almost 30 years. His museum experience in the curatorial and programming areas in Calgary’s Glenbow Museum and the Burnaby Village Museum matches his involvement in heritage, cultural and museum organizations in Alberta and B.C. He is also a founding director of the Heritage Vancouver Society, and is active with the Vancouver Heritage Foundation and with Radio-Canada as a historical chronicler. He holds a Masters in History from Simon Fraser University, and has been a resident of the Lower Mainland for over 25 years.

Leonora Angeles, Associate Professor at the School of Community and Regional Planning and the Women’s and Gender Studies Undergraduate Program at UBC


Amy Calder is a Strategic Planner at Cornerstone Planning Group, specializing in culture, heritage and community engagement. Through her professional and volunteer activities, she works to support arts, culture and heritage organizations during periods of transition and change, strengthen cross-sector networks, and introduce new processes and technologies. Amy holds a Master of Arts in Planning from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor of Arts (Studio Arts) from the University of Guelph. She is a Candidate member of PIBC, and is in process to becoming a Registered Professional Planner.

About the series

Shaping Vancouver 2017: ReShaping Conversations on Heritage

Welcome to Shaping Vancouver 2017. We’re excited to present our third series of engaging and diverse talks to you. This year, our focus is on reshaping the conversation by looking at how we can expand how we have been defining heritage to make it more inclusive and representative. We engage with the narratives that live around, outside and within the Anglo-Colonial account that has so dominantly shaped Vancouver’s heritage. We start with a discussion on Vancouver’s new thematic framework for heritage and what that means for how we define heritage in our communities and city. The series then engages: undefined heritage; subcultural histories, including immigrants and marginalized groups; and concludes with an important dialogue around First Nations heritage where a panel will discuss how heritage can be used as a tool in the Truth and Reconciliation process.


Listen to last year's award-winning 'Our Neighbourhoods' series:

October 5, 2016: What is the vision for Chinatown?
June 15, 2016: What do I want from my street?
May 18, 2016: What's so special about 'The Drive'?
April 13, 2016: What's a neighbourhood?


Find out more about the work of our partners & join the online discussion in SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement Facebook group!


FREE, registration is required. Donations to Heritage Vancouver are much appreciated.


When: Thu, May 11, 2017. 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings St.

Additional Info: Co-presented by SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and Heritage Vancouver

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