There are a number of ways that the Calgary Heritage Initiative approaches our mandate, including activities in areas such as:

HERITAGE AWARENESS and APPRECIATION

  • Raising heritage awareness and appreciation through historic tours, on-site signage, public events, publications, media appearances, website/social media and other creative means.
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CHI Past President Cynthia Klaassen advocating for heritage conservation

HERITAGE NETWORKING and COMMUNICATION

  • Facilitating networking and information sharing among heritage advocates and the public. Tools include an email list, a public web forum and social media. CHI also encourages and assists neighbourhood-based heritage groups and supports owners of heritage properties.

IDENTIFICATION and RESEARCH

  • Encouraging the identification and research of local sites of city-wide significance for placement on the municipal inventory or recognition as a provincial or federal heritage resource in order to encourage their preservation. CHI often works in collaboration with other agencies and organizations.

POLICY DEVELOPMENT

  • Supporting the development of public policy that recognizes heritage as an important value. This may include providing input to policy and community plans, advocating for policy changes, or providing forums for policy discussions.

HERITAGE WATCH

  • Members are invited to attend monthly sub-committee meetings to share information and publicize developments that threaten or conserve heritage, thereby promoting the idea of preservation. This may involve working with developers, businesses, architects, planners and communities to discover possible solutions.