Heritage Stewardship and Sustainability
Nova Scotia Provincial Heritage Conference
September 26th to 28th
Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia
Set in the historic Town of Annapolis Royal and in collaboration with the Association of Nova Scotia Museums this year’s Provincial Heritage Conference will focus on Heritage Stewardship and Sustainability. Themes will include dynamic discussion of the relevance of heritage in today’s challenging global environment. Topics include community engagement and strategic planning. The conference will conclude with a round table discussion focused on establishing a collective and unified voice for Nova Scotia. In addition to the conference sessions there will be several heritage themed opportunities for delegates to meet with peers from across the province.
Welcome Message from the Mayor of Annapolis Royal
The Town of Annapolis Royal is honoured to host the 2018 Provincial Heritage Conference, and to welcome conference delegates to the ‘cradle of our nation’.
This year’s Heritage Conference theme, ‘Changing Tide: Heritage Stewardship & Sustainability’, acknowledges threats associated with climate change and the need for vigilance and innovation in the preservation and promotion of heritage.
The Town of Annapolis Royal is situated on the ancestral territory of the Mi’kmaq, who occupied these lands for thousands of years, and in 1605 welcomed French colonists Pierre DuGua and Samuel Champlain in peace and friendship. An historic bond of friendship and mutual respect that the L’Sitkuk First Nation and the Town of Annapolis Royal renewed in 2017 – when coming together to create a waterfront amphitheatre. The Oqwa’titek Amphitheatre is marked as a place of Mi’kmaw history and heritage, and was dedicated as a gathering place for all people.
Annapolitans are extremely proud of the rich history of our town, and its significant role in the origins of our province and the country.
Designated a National Historic District, the Town of Annapolis Royal is home to one of the country’s largest inventories of designated heritage buildings; including, Fort Anne National Historic Site – recognized more than a century ago as the country’s first Dominion Park and Historic Site.
Equally significant is the Sinclair Inn Museum National Historic Site, built in 1710 when our town was the French colonial capital of Port-Royal. A major conservation effort by Annapolis Heritage Society preserved this important structure, and led to the discovery and revealing of stunning 19th century painted wall murals in a second floor room. I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to tour these historic sites – as well as the historic reconstruction of the Port-Royal Habitation, established in 1605 as the first permanent European settlement in Canada.