Royal Roads hosts Canada 150 Forum
Posted on behalf of Geoff Bird.
Last Friday saw 140 participants representing the museum, heritage, tourism, history, arts and cultures sectors from across the province attend the Canada 150 Forum to discuss guiding themes, legacy and activities for Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017. The day focused on issues, resources, partnerships and approaches while allowing opportunities for sharing and networking.
Royal Roads served an important role in facilitating a provincial dialogue at the Canada 150 Forum. The project is in partnership with B.C. Museums Association with costs covered by the Heritage Branch of the provincial government.
Sixty participants were on campus in the Centre for Dialogue joined by eighty people participated online and engaged in small group discussions facilitated by Master of Arts in Tourism Management students. Using technology such as Blue Jeans, Padlet and Livetream, and with the help of our amazing tech team, we were able to provide access to individuals who would not otherwise be able to afford to attend the forum. The most rewarding part of the day for me was seeing the graduate students facilitate online discussions with community leaders from across the province.
Canada 150 implies a sort of birthday for Canada, but of course not all communities look at it as a celebration. Our focus was about ensuring that the Indigenous voice was heard in this forum, and Asma Antoine did a wonderful job of that. The year 2017 presents us with a great opportunity to learn, commemorate, recognize, reconcile and envision a province and a nation in a way that is a benefit to all.
If you’re interested in learning more, you can watch a recording of the forum on livestream.