From Heritage Vancouver:



What would a broader narrative that includes our diverse histories that shaped our city look like? Heritage policy in Vancouver has historically been dominated by a pre-1940 Anglo-Colonial bias that has limited how and what we define as heritage. This has resulted in the exclusion of many narratives that are essential to the development of our city.

In this talk, we explore what it means when Vancouver Specials, diverse cultural groups, immigrant experiences, and long-established international influences are missing from this conversation. We also wish to explore how these marginalized styles, histories, cultures and people worthy of recognition exist within the mainstream conversation on heritage, and how they might exist in an expanded field where they may be recognized on more equal footing.


Michael Schwartz is Director of Community Engagement at the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC.

Kiriko Watanabe is a Vancouver-based curator with a special interest in West Coast modern art, architecture and design.

Pete Fry is a long time Strathcona resident and community advocate.

Maurice Guibord est le Président de la Société historique francophone de la Colombie-Britannique.  Maurice Guibord is the President of the Société historique francophone de la Colombie-Britannique.

Leonora Angeles, Associate Professor at the School of Community and Regional Planning and the Women’s and Gender Studies Undergraduate Program at UBC


Thursday, May 11

7 – 9 pm

Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings Street