Living Heritage: Our values, beliefs and ways of life shape our sense of identity, belonging and place, connecting past, present and future.
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Understanding Place & Significance - David Siebert, Research Assistant Maybe there’s a mall where you hung out with your first teenage crush. A park where you had a picnic with your grandparents. The back alley where you learned to skateboard. The office building where you had your first job, or worst job, or met your spouse. As we move through life our experiences embed certain emotions in places. They become significant to…

Canadian Anniversary Reflections - by Katherine Gilks, Projects Coordinator The end of June is a peculiar time of year in Canada. Of course, it marks the end of the school year in most communities. It is a time of change, reflection, and moving forward. Except for large sporting events and the occasional military commemoration, Canadians are not well-known for being nationalistic, especially when compared with our American cousins.…

Living Heritage: A Social-Ecological System - Sandra Massey, Research Program Coordinator Living Heritage: our values, beliefs and ways of living should be understood as a complex, social-ecological system; in other words, Living Heritage informs not only how individuals and groups relate to each other, but also how we relate to the natural world, to the earth herself. My first introduction to systems thinking was a book by Fritjof Capra…

Keeping Stories: Documenting Living Heritage - Kristin Catherwood, Director of Living Heritage Last week I was in St. Walburg to deliver the workshop "Keeping Stories: Documenting Living Heritage" to members of the St. Walburg & District Historical Museum. This was a return trip to St. Walburg after a ThriveSask activation session was held there last summer. During this initial engagement, which began with exploring the living…

The Past, the Future, and Listening to Young People - Having spent the past two weeks at four out of five Regional Heritage Fairs, I had the chance to talk to a lot of young Canadians between the ages of nine and fourteen. I also had the chance to see their wonderful projects about Canadian heritage. Every year, the students select a diverse range of topics relating in some way to Canada's living heritage. Some of these topics do not feel very…

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