Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street


Shaping Vancouver 2018: Contested Places

May 10, 2018


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


When: Thu, May 10, 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 #1: The Complexity of Places - The Heather Street Lands

Heritage sites very often are much more intricate places than we may realize. In order for them to be appreciated, educational, positively experienced, and inspirational we need to effectively plan for and manage the multiple ways a place is significant to different groups of people.

The Heather Street Lands is a 21-acre parcel of land, located between 33rd Ave and 37th Ave, intersecting with Heather Street. It is co-owned by the MST Partnership, made up of the Musqueam Indian Band, the Squamish Nation and Tsleil-Waututh Nation, and the Canada Lands Company, a federal corporation that aims to incorporate former Government of Canada sites into the community. This site has different meanings to various groups and organizations around the city. There are many differing values present — cultural, social, historical, architectural, natural, economic — which span the physical and the intangible. There is also a painful history embedded here for First Nations people, with some representatives having requested the removal of a building on this site as a form of reconciliation.

In this evening's session, we seek to provide a space to discuss these complex characteristics and contemplate possible ways to tackle such an intricate place.

Through this discussion, we wish to provide the opportunity for attendees to learn:

  • What are the different ways that this land is viewed and valued by people?
  • How do we plan for a place that has all these complex issues?
  • What can be done to help resolve conflicting values?
  • How can we, in our role as citizens, be a part of contributing to ongoing improvements in the planning of such complex places?


Lyana Patrick is a member of the Stellat’en First Nation of the Carrier Nation in British Columbia, Canada and Acadian/Scottish on her mother’s side. She has worked in communications and education for over two decades. She did a Master's degree in the Indigenous Governance program at the University of Victoria, and has worked at the University of British Columbia (UBC) for the last twelve years. During her time as Education Coordinator in the Division of Aboriginal People’s Health in the Faculty of Medicine, she gained deep knowledge and understanding of Indigenous health issues both in Canada and internationally. Most recently, she was the Research Manager for a Movember-funded project through UBC called the “Dudes Club,” a health promotion program for primarily Indigenous men in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighbourhood. She is currently finishing doctoral studies in the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC.

Julia Hulbert is a master’s student at SFU in Urban Studies writing her thesis on decolonizing municipal heritage programs. In addition to her studies, Julia is an active member of the community serving on the City of Vancouver’s Heritage Commission and as the Chair of the Kitsilano Thingery Board of Directors, a local lending library of things. Julia has over a decade of experience working in the cultural sector in Vancouver and Victoria and recently started consulting in arts and culture planning. Through this work, she provides a holistic perspective to complex planning issues. Julia is a current Radius Fellow, a fellowship that provides professional development training for individuals working in systems change. Her personal interests concern connecting people to place which she does through curatorial projects and community engagement activities. 

Varouj Gumuchian is facilitator for the Riley Park South Cambie (RPSC) Visions Group who works on disseminating the community vision document that covers the social fabric of the Riley Park South Cambie area. This includes covering cultural, environmental, historical, and community stabilising concerns. The group is engaged in dialogue with the public, meetings with city officials and developers. The groups realises different stakeholder values overlap and in an inclusive fashion creates a context where the outcome brings community harmony. Varouj is a graduate architect with a background in community planning. He has organsied several charettes to share the accumulated knowledge of participants and integrate varying semsibilities in decision making. In the spirit of incorporating the old and the new a sense of flattening hierarchy creates an authentic response to site.


Bill Yuen is the Executive Director of Heritage Vancouver Society. He is particularly interested in cultural landscape theory and practice as well as the role that normative economics, and behaviour play in heritage, heritage policy, and social outcomes. Recent work includes being part of the team researching San Francisco’s Legacy Business program and creating a Vancouver definition that is based off of a multitude of stakeholder values. In recent years, he has presented on creative interventions in heritage policy and managing change in cultural landscapes. Bill is involved in all aspects of the society from planning, program development and delivery, to administration and research.

About the series

Shaping Vancouver 2018: Contested Places

Welcome to our fourth season of Shaping Vancouver. This season, we focus on the multiple values of places. Change is a fundamental part of heritage. Places are not frozen in time — with the passage of time, changes occur in them layering additional meaning on top of another. These changes bring about the diversity and differing values that characterize a place. And these values may not be the traditional ones we think of — the historic and the aesthetic values of architecture. In many cases, some of those values may conflict.

We engage with these complexities of place and their differing communities by looking at several examples in Vancouver where these multiple values stand out. How do we learn, understand, capture, protect, and balance the differing values that are central for a place so that it contributes to social benefit and for the public to understand, appreciate, and experience the value of the sites? Importantly, we also explore the need to plan for and have appropriate policies that secure the advantages of this diversity and allow for the coexistence of these multiple realities.


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 10, 2018. 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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