Diverse Views on Decolonizing and Reimagining Heritage Policy in BC

SGang Gwaay World Heritage Site, British Columbia

Timezone: PDT

Virtual event


This symposium will center the importance of developing an equitable, inclusive, and rights-based approach to urban heritage policy and intangible cultural heritage. We will continue to explore how the existing heritage framework in BC is representative and inclusive of the heritage of Indigenous, Black and racialized communities. 

Diverse speakers from community and academia will share their insights and experiences of preserving and promoting their tangible and intangible cultural heritage within/without existing heritage policies and structures in BC. Come and join us in a lively discussion.

Moderated by: Deniz Ünsal, PhD., School of Communication and Culture, Royal Roads University and Jasmindra Jawanda, Urban/Social/Cultural Planner Diversity, Anti-Racism & Gender Specialist

1p.m. PST: Opening and Keynote Speaker:

Sara Ross, PhD - Assistant Professor, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University

Title: Cultural Rights, Law, and Intangible Cultural Heritage in the Urban Context

2:30p.m. PST Community Panel:

Jamila Douhaibi - Executive Director, BC Black History Awareness Society

Title: BC Black History: Resilience Amid Racism

Satwinder Kaur Bains, PhD - Director of the South Asian Studies Institute, University of the Fraser Valley 

Title: Community Engaged Heritage Praxis – A Response by Racialized Canadians

Note: Stay tuned as more speakers may be added

4:00-5:00p.m. PST Keynote and Closing:

Prof. Amaraswar Galla, Pro-Chancellor and Distinguished Professor of Indigeneity
and Inclusive Museum & Heritage Studies, KISS, UNESCO Chair on Inclusive Museums & Sustainable Heritage Development, AnantU, India.

Title: Museums as Sites for Safeguarding Intangible Heritage

To receive a zoom link, please register. This is a free event.

Supported by: Royal Roads University and The City Talks and the Committee for Urban Studies, University of Victoria

Image: SGang Gwaay World Heritage Site, British Columbia