A Call to Renew
This summer, Heritage BC released a new document entitled 'A Call to Renew British Columbia’s Heritage Program'. Drafted in response to the ongoing deterioration of the state of heritage in B.C., 'A Call to Renew' has been sent to every MLA, including the Premier and heritage minister Kevin Krueger. It has also been sent to HBC members with a request that they contact their MLAs and write the provincial government. Heritage BC is calling on the provincial government to take five steps to renew the heritage program.
Adopt the Provincial Heritage Strategy
Adopt the draft British Columbia Heritage Strategy to reaffirm commitment to conservation and renew confidence in the future.
Restore the Heritage Branch Budget
The Heritage Branch is the provincial agency that implements government heritage policies and administers essential programs, but drastic cuts have seriously undermined its capacity to deliver on these responsibilities. The Heritage Branch budget must be restored.
Resolve the Heritage Properties Question
The series of historic sites known as the Heritage Properties has become a chronic problem and a drain on energy and resources. The government must resolve the Heritage Properties question so that it can address other urgent issues in the heritage file.
Restore Community Support
The “B.C. approach” to heritage conservation devolves substantial responsibilities to the local level. A restored heritage program budget must restore services, funding and encouragement to local government and community heritage organizations.
Invest in the Heritage Legacy Fund
The Heritage Legacy Fund now plays a central role in the provincial heritage program. To meet new and growing responsibilities the Fund must have a substantial increment to its endowment.
Read the full proposal online
» A Call to Renew
Download a copy
» A Call to Renew PDF