Protecting Indigenous Heritage: Lessons from the Past

When the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released its Final Report in December 2015, it acknowledged the importance of Indigenous heritage and the need to reconcile past injustices and provide future protections. For the past 23 years I have been fortunate to work in the heritage field, first as an archaeologist and, more recently, as a cultural heritage strategist, where I’ve witnessed this need first hand. … More Protecting Indigenous Heritage: Lessons from the Past

The Stories of Main Street

In my ongoing work with the National Trust’s Main Street program, so much of what I do is seeking people out, hearing their stories and helping them understand what Main Street is about. Main Street is about more than buildings: it’s about people. It’s about bringing people out onto the street, connecting them with their neighbours and uniting them behind a common goal. It’s about getting to the heart of a community, finding common ground and building a sense of belonging. When that happens, it’s really inspiring. And it’s rewarding. But it’s not always easy. … More The Stories of Main Street