Our goal with this toolkit is to provide resource documents to help First Nations cultural workers understand historic place conservation in B.C. First Nations heritage conservation is most often associated with archaeological sites and the objects and resting places of our ancestors; however, it is so much more than this.
Heritage can include physical places such as longhouses and churches. It can also include the "intangible,” such as fishing holes and berry-picking spots. Not all heritage is public information.
The documents below will introduce you to some of the management practices of historic place conservation—the conservation of our post-1846 visible heritage today. Historic place conservation can revitalize community spirit and pride by celebrating community identity and it can provide strong documentation for the protection and safeguarding of places.
The FPCC Heritage Toolkit:
Heritage Glossary: The glossary will clarify the heritage-specific terminology used throughout these documents.
Formal Recognition of Heritage Places: This document discusses the difference between heritage designation and a listing on a register, as well as describing how community heritage registers can be established.
Values-Centered Management for Heritage Conservation by First Nations: This document describes the practice of historic place management based on heritage values.
Intangible Cultural Heritage: This document discusses non-material types of First Nation heritage and the importance of safeguarding.
If you are familiar with other heritage resources that could be added, or if you would like to comment on the information provided, please contact Cathi Charles Wherry: firstname.lastname@example.org.