Adrian Dix, Minister of Health and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, and Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, made the announcement today.
“As a province, we are proud of our francophone heritage, which is why it’s important that we hear from the francophone community and learn its perspective on historically significant places,” said Dix. “This nomination period celebrates the culture and diversity of our province, and supports the work we are doing to help make sure B.C.’s French-speaking community is recognized for its contributions.”
The francophone project is part of the Provincial Heritage Recognition Program, which seeks to identify and celebrate historic places, such as structures, buildings, landscapes and places of memory, that are significant for past, present and future generations. What matters is the importance of the places in the context of francophone history in B.C.
“The Provincial Heritage Recognition Program reinforces B.C.’s identity as a multicultural province. It supports recognition and understanding of our diverse cultures,” said Donaldson. “It ensures that historic places continue to contribute to community identity, economic health and environmental stewardship.”
Since its inception in 2015, British Columbians have nominated 437 historic places for consideration for recognition. Of those, 92 places have been formally recognized for their cultural and historic significance. The first three projects in the program recognized Chinese Canadian, Japanese Canadian and South Asian Canadian heritage in B.C. The francophone project adds to this growing list.
“We are pleased that the Province has chosen to acknowledge francophone contributions to the development of B.C.,” said Maurice Guibord, president of the Société historique francophone de la Colombie-Britannique. “We are proud of our history and we look forward to sharing our stories.”
The last day for nominations is May 15, 2018. Places that receive formal recognition will be listed on the B.C. Register of Historic Places.
The Francophone Historic Places Project is part of a collaborative initiative between the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development’s Heritage Branch and the Government of Canada through the Canada-British Columbia Agreement on Official Languages for French-language Services.