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Historic Places: Canadian Conservation Practice 1950-2000

This multi-year project examines conservation policies and practice of the Canadian government from 1950-2000. It builds on existing research on the evolving concept of heritage. A review of Canadian literature reveals limited references to the history of conservation principles and practice. The project addresses this research gap by studying federal policies and practices for conserving historic places in this period. It aims to build knowledge and understanding of its conservation system and of the degree to which the conservation of Canada’s National Historic Sites is aligned with international norms. It also mobilizes knowledge to and from academics, policy makers and practitioners that could improved stewardship and sustainability of historic places. Finally, it contributes to a knowledge transfer from a pioneering generation to younger scholars and practitioners.

Research team: Christina Cameron, Claudine Déom, Nicole Valois, Ève Wertheimer