Heritage registry workshop planned

A day-long All Nations Workshop on the Cariboo Regional District’s Community Heritage Registry will be held at the Long House on Tuesday, April 19.

A day-long All Nations Workshop on the Cariboo Regional District’s Community Heritage Registry will be held at the Long House on Tuesday, April 19.

Although primarily developed to inform First Nations people about the registry, the workshop is open to First Nations and non-First Nations people alike, says Phyllis Webstad, who co-chairs the CRD’s heritage steering committee with George Atamanenko. 

The workshop will help to sort out for participants the differences between provincial, federal and local registers; the need for heritage planning; and explain the various levels of heritage designations, Webstad explains.

“The specific objective of the day will be to introduce First Nations persons to the various processes for enhancing and preserving their heritage whilst pursuing tourism development,” Webstad says.

The workshop runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 19 at the Long House. 

Registration is required by April 8 and the $20 registration fee is payable at the door.

To register contact Phyllis Webstad at 250-989-2222 or e-mail at ttpmjack@hotmail.com.

Or contact heritage advisory committee member Brent Rutherford at 250-396-4811 or by e-mail at brentr@telus.net.

Workshop presenters are Cheryl Chapman, training and product development manager for the Aboriginal Tourism Association of B.C.; Arthur Dick and Willard Dick from the Esketemc First Nation on storytelling; Jason Alsop, Haida Gwaii Youth Intern with the Heritage Branch of the Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Investment; Rick Goodacre, executive director of Heritage B.C. and executive officer with the Heritage Legacy Fund of B.C. Society; Bruce Whyte, tourism development officer and cultural tourism advisor with the B.C. Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development; and Carla Jack, acting heritage register officer at the BC Heritage Branch.

Facilitators include Webstad, Williams Lake Indian Band Chief Ann Louie, CRD Chair Al Richmond, and CRD director Joan Sorley, liaison to the heritage steering committee.