When we think of our city as a whole, it is important that it sustains a strong sense of identity for the diversity of people who live here.
The recent City of Vancouver Arts and Culture Plan proposes actions for the incorporation of new approaches to both intangible and tangible heritage. For the purposes of ongoing cultural vitality, redress and equity, it also proposes integration of intangible heritage into the City’s existing heritage program which up to now has mainly focused on the preservation of buildings.
Our final talk for 2019 will look at the opportunity for how a new City-wide plan might carve out a larger role for heritage and integrate current heritage thinking into a wide range of the City’s social aims.
Michael Gordon – Former Senior Downtown Planner, City of Vancouver, Vancouver Heritage Commissioner
A year ago, City Council appointed Michael to the Vancouver Heritage Commission. Until 2018, he was Senior Downtown Planner for the City of Vancouver primarily focused on planning in the downtown peninsula and the West End.
Elijah Sabadlan – Heritage Consultant & Conservation Specialist
Elijah views heritage architecture as palimpsest in the continuing evolution of urban environments. As a Heritage Consultant with Donald Luxton & Associates, he provides heritage design and technical advice to the project team, from planning to construction.
Carmel Tanaka – Founder, Cross Cultural Strathcona Walking Tour
Carmel Tanaka was born to an Israeli mother and a Japanese Canadian father. Carmel’s pro-diversity stance and open door policy stem from valuing both sides of her heritage, which she describes as “Jewpanese”. This base provides Carmel with the ability to sensitively manage and effectively mediate challenging projects involving multi-generational intersectional groups with mixed political, religious and social opinions.
Kamala Todd – Indigenous Arts and Culture Planner, City of Vancouver
Kamala Todd is a Metis-Cree mother, community planner, filmmaker, curator, and educator born and raised in the beautiful lands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ and Skwxwú7mesh-speaking people, aka Vancouver. She is the author of “This Many-storied Land”, in In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation (2016), and Truth-Telling: Indigenous perspectives on working with Municipal Governments (2017) for Vancouver Park Board.
Thursday, November 28
SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (SFU Woodwards): 149 West Hastings Street
Free, donations appreciated. Reservations here.