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Cultural Heritage

In an Indigenous context, cultural heritage refers to ideas, experiences, objects, artistic expressions, practices, knowledge and places that are valued because they are culturally meaningful, connected to shared memory, or linked to collective identity.

All parts of daily life, i.e. family and community, food and health, art, songs and dance, language, spirituality and values, history and the land interact with one another to make up a culture. The loss of Indigenous heritage is profound and there is an urgent and immediate need to achieve sustainable funding and support to protect it now and into the future.

Through sustainable and comprehensive funding, the four goals of FPCC’s Indigenous Cultural Heritage Program will be to:
  • Increase the inter-generational transmission of Indigenous heritage and cultural knowledge.
  • Increase community capacity to support Indigenous cultural heritage through grants for best practices, capacity building, mentorships and cultural infrastructure development; develop training programs and tools; and advocacy efforts. 
  • Conduct research to develop a strategy for the revitalization and maintenance of all forms of B.C. Indigenous heritage.
  • Invest in and develop a strong network of experts on the revitalization of Indigenous heritage and cultural knowledge.
FPCC’s Indigenous Cultural Heritage Program does not currently have funding to develop its program goals and grants streams. We are calling on all levels of government and organizations to support us in the important work of revitalizing and conserving the Indigenous cultural heritage of B.C. 

Cultural Programs
FPCC currently supports aspects of cultural heritage through our Arts and Language programs. We hope to expand our programs in this area of our mandate in the future. For now, the following programs have a cultural component:
Click here for more information on cultural programs.

If you have questions please contact Karen Aird, Cultural Heritage Manager: karen@fpcc.ca or tel. 250-319-5682

Resources and Information:
For the FPCC Heritage Toolkit click here

Federal Repatriation Legislation
Bill C-391 is a private members bill to “develop and implement a comprehensive national strategy to promote and support the return of Indigenous human remains and cultural property, wherever situated, to the Indigenous peoples of Canada.”

FPCC will be providing ongoing information, analysis and progress updates about this legislation and what the outcomes could mean for Indigenous cultural heritage in B.C.  
For more information on Bill C-391 please click here. Indigenous Guardian Toolkit

News and Articles on Heritage Topics:
The Conversation: An Uneasy Alliance: Indigenous Traditional Knowledge Enriches Science
2003 UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Convention
Indigenous Guardian Toolkit

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