The Heritage Community Foundation gratefully acknowledges the financial investment by the Department of Canadian Heritage in the creation of this on-line presentation for the Virtual Museum of Canada.
The Heritage Community Foundation
The Heritage Community Foundation is a charitable Trust (Charitable Number: 87082 2541 RR0001) committed to connecting people with heritage. As a new kind of community foundation, it is not bounded by geography but based on interest in the value of heritage for individuals, their communities and society.
The Foundation has already received recognition for its state-of-the-art programs involving new technology and experiential learning. Working collaboratively with public and private-sector partners, the Foundation seeks support not only for its own flagship programs but also for those of partners and stakeholders at the local, regional, provincial and national levels.
The Foundation's goal is for heritage to be valued by everyone. Heritage is broadly defined in all its aspects-historical, natural, cultural, scientific and technological. The Foundation exists:
- To be a strong public voice for heritage
- To build individual and community identity and pride through research, public education and youth programs
- To build resources to sustain heritage institutions, organizations and related projects and activities.
The Heritage Community Foundation has the following primary areas of interest based on its charitable objects: Youth Programs, Public Education and Research. All programs link people with place, stories, objects, landscapes, traditions-all of those aspects that define us as individuals and communities. The following are the Foundation's flagship programs.
The Foundation's Public Education Programs use old and new technologies to make history come alive. The Alberta Online Encyclopedia (www.albertasource.ca) is a dynamic resource and gateway to the Province's rich historical, natural and cultural heritage. The Foundation presents Alberta's history using text, images and audio/video including CKUA Radio Network's Heritage Trails. Benefiting students, parents and educators, the sites are for anyone with an interest in Alberta's rich heritage. The Foundation also helps build the capacity of heritage institutions and organizations to develop web content.
The Foundations Youth Programs involve children and youth (kindergarten to grade 12 and beyond) in heritage study that makes history come alive. Projects build knowledge and skills to enrich the lives of individuals and their communities, making links between generations and building community identity. Youth projects and teacher resources are featured on the Foundation's dedicated youth site, the Alberta Youth Source (www.youthsource.ab.ca).
The Foundation initiates and supports projects that address controversial aspects of Alberta's history. Focus groups, conferences and other special events will share research findings with the public. Many perspectives help to illuminate our history. Topics to be explored range from Alberta's mission past and residential schools to the treatment of people with disabilities. The Foundation will also initiate and support projects that survey and define the needs of various publics with respect to heritage.
In order to develop our understanding of the contributions made by living individuals, families and groups, the Heritage Community Foundation promotes research and oral history. Heritage professionals, interns, students and volunteers will help determine our unsung heroes. Alberta Heroes will include voluntary and charitable sector leaders, business leaders, elected officials, professionals, arts and culture representatives, educators-all areas of human endeavour. The information gathered, a living record of achievement, will be communicated in various ways (for example, electronic, print and broadcast). This is a Public Education initiative.
For further information, please contact:
Adriana A. Davies, Ph.D.
Heritage Community Foundation
Suite 54, 9912 - 106 Street
Edmonton, AB T5K 1C5
Tel: (780) 424-6512 Fax: (780) 424-6579