By Natalie Bull, executive director, National Trust for Canada
Happy 150th birthday year, Confederation! Now that 2017 is here, Canada’s Sesquicentennial celebrations are getting underway all over the country. Earlier this week, the Toronto Star published an eclectic list of 150 ways to celebrate Canada 150, including Aabiziingwashi (#WideAwake – the National Film Board’s cross-country screening tour of works by indigenous filmmakers), Montreal’s electronic music party Igloofest, the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, and everything in between.
We’re celebrating too! The National Trust will kick off the Sesquicentennial in time for Heritage Week (February 20-26) with news of what we’ve planned for 2017. One of the new things we are doing to mark this special year will show up in this very blog.
We’ve asked a handful of notable Canadians to tell us about a place that matters to them, and we’ll publish their posts here throughout the year. Our guest bloggers are great Canadians you likely know and admire – but may not have associated with “heritage”. You’ll be pleasantly surprised!
The first blog post in the series will appear in February and will be written by Rick Hansen, the respected Paralympian, activist, and philanthropist for people with disabilities. Upcoming guest bloggers include the inspirational singer-songwriter Susan Aglukark, and author Roy MacGregor, who has been called “the Wayne Gretzky of hockey writing”. I am looking forward to reading about the places in their lives that evoke memories, carry stories, and collectively shape our identity. Spoiler alert: I had great fun corresponding with award-winning novelist Jane Urquhart about our mutual love of old barns, and can’t wait to see her post later this spring.
So all this year, we will be bringing you words, images and perhaps even video clips from these well-known Canadians as they share a place that matters to them. Our goal, as always, is to spark conversations about why history, stories and places matter, and broaden the circle of supporters and public champions.
We also want you to tell us about places that matter to you. We’re inviting all Canadians to snap a photo and share it on our Instagram page, tagging them #Canada150
#placesthatmatter #nationaltrust #meandmycanada.
We can’t wait to see the places that are important to you.