IHC directors Madeleine Redfern and Karen Aird appeared before the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development on 28 September 2017. The committee was examining heritage preservation and protection in Canada with an emphasis on federal responsibilities. The committee’s report Preserving Canada’s Heritage: The Foundation for Tomorrow to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change (who is the Minister responsible for Parks Canada and the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada) includes three recommendations (15, 16 and 17) targeted specifically to Indigenous heritage and history.
The IHC hosted the Vancouver Forum at the Musqueam Cultural Centre on 11 May 2017. The Vancouver Forum was generously sponsored by Archer CRM Partnership www.archercrm.ca and the First Peoples’ Cultural Council www.fpcc.ca.
The IHC was represented by Karen Aird at the congress on Indigenous Perspectives on Repatriation in March 2017 hosted by the First Peoples’ Cultural Council and the Royal BC Provincial Museum.
Indigenous Heritage Circle Roundtable was held in Ottawa on November 23, 2016, in Ottawa. Participants included leaders and general members from nearby Indigenous nations, Indigenous people from other parts of Canada who live in Ottawa, and representatives of mainstream organizations (not-for-profits, government and professional). They pointed to various challenges faced in addressing grant requirements, accepting objects for repatriation, strengthening Indigenous languages, promoting Indigenous health protocols, etc.
The IHC was represented by Karen Aird at the Banff Centre’s Truth and Reconciliation Summit in October 2016.
The 2016 conference of the National Trust and the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals in Hamilton, ON, included a presentation by Karen Aird and Alain Fournier, EVOQ Architecture on “Indigenous Sacred Places: a New Approach”. At the same conference, Karen Aird was a guest speaker at the Indigenous Heritage and Reconciliation Forum.
Release of A New Shared Arctic Leadership Model by Mary Simon, Special Representative to the Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development on Arctic Leadership. The report responds to the federal government’s commitment to developing a new Arctic Policy Framework. Its recommendations cover several topics, including education and language, research and Indigenous knowledge and continuing the conservation discussion.