2017 May

Our overarching common interest as a creative community is to increase our knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of our world as individuals, as communities, and as a community and to leverage the contribution of our learning resources and of what we know about our world, ourselves, and what works in our common interests, and the interests we have in common, – our knowledge, – what we have learned from our experience. And to learn how to explore our experience, our nature, and our relationships for the best obtainable version of how things are, how things work, what is happening, and where we are in our creative journey, our creative evolution, and our creative story.

Sustained inquiry is essential. What is important? What is relevant? What do we know? What don’t we know? What do we need to know? What would we benefit from knowing? What do we need or want to know more about? What do we think things mean or could mean?

Organizing complexity and learning how to organize complexity to improve our ability to create connections, explore connections, explore relationships, explore possibilities, and explore ideas about how things are, and how things could be, and what we can do.

Why this is our overarching interest from my point of view. Why this is where we want to focus our creative energy, our creative resources, and our creative enterprise. This is how we increase everyone’s ability to increase their contribution to our common human interest in creating a future for ourselves, for our community, and for our world.

Exploring the complexity of our world and the complexity of our different experiences of our world and the complexities of contributing to creating our world is how we improve our ability to create with our experience and increase our understanding and appreciation of life as a creative experience.

My Point of View

Published – Centre for Learning

White House Correspondents Association Dinner

“What we do as journalists is to find the best obtainable version of the truth. Underlying everything we do in pursuit of the best obtainable version of the truth is the question. What is news? What is it that we believe is important, relevant, hidden, or even in plain sight and ignored by conventional journalistic wisdom or governmental wisdom?”

“The best obtainable version of the truth is about context and nuance. Sustained inquiry is essential. What is missing? What is the further explanation? What are the details? What do we think this means? Incremental reporting is essential. What we know now is not the end of the story. The best obtainable version of the truth becomes repeatedly clearer, more developed, and more understandable.”

“Our job as a community is to put the best obtainable version of the truth out there, especially now.”

“Reporting is about human connections and establishing relationships of trust.”

Carl Bernstein
White House Correspondents Dinner

Published – Centre for Community Journalism

Centre for Learning – Future of Universities

The hallmarks of a strong and healthy society, – diversity, inclusion, and openness, – are essential to the effective functioning of any and all institutions in a democracy; but it is the free flow of people and ideas on which the life of any great university specifically depends.

Inclusion and openness are not merely desirable conditions for the prosecution of the academic mission, they are for historical reasons essential to it. Universities in the West came into being for no other reason than to protect the unimpeded flow of people and ideas that was understood to be a prerequisite for learning and human advancement.

Patrick Deane
President and Vice-Chancellor
McMaster University
Chair of the Council of Ontario Universities

Council of Ontario Universities

“The world is changing so quickly and in ways we couldn’t have imagined possible. Disruptive technology, demographic shifts, and globalization bring tremendous opportunities, but all that uncertainty can also make people anxious. Universities want to have a conversation about what we can all do together to help shape tomorrow, and to make sure no one is left behind”

David Lindsay
President and CEO
Council of Ontario Universities

Ontario’s Universities
Partnering for a better future

The Madeleine and Monte Levy Virtual Museum of the Holocaust and the Resistance


How Safe Is LNG? Not as Safe as the BC Government Has Claimed
New studies and past incidents raise questions about location standards and safety.

Canada’s Methane Leakage Massively Under-reported
Studies Find New data shows ‘fracking and LNG industry is a much dirtier industry than it is made out to be.’

Tyee Poll

What Issue Needs to Be a Higher Priority This BC Election Cycle?

Think Vancouver

The Architectural League of New York

The Architectural League of New York nurtures excellence in architecture, design, and urbanism, and stimulates thinking and debate about the critical design and building issues of our time. As a vital, independent forum for architecture and its allied disciplines, the League helps create a more beautiful, vibrant, innovative, and sustainable future.

The Architectural League of New York

Global Civic Policy Society
Educating the public about history, public policy, and more.

Public Salon
Past Salons

MINE Youth Engagement Project
Catching the Spirit
Children of the Street Society

Anxiety BC


A new play with the Roundhouse Youth Theatre Action Group Project

Some Assembly Theatre Company is now in its 16th year of creating and producing original, collaborative plays that promote awareness, wellness, and dialogue about issues facing teens. Audiences are invited to participate in talkback sessions after each performance.

Some Assembly Theatre Company

How to Survive Our Faster Future

Creating Opportunities for Youth

Gen Why Media

What We Do

City Hive

Canadian Roots Exchange

Youthful Cities


Housing and Affordability Project

Creating our economic systems

Creative Vancouver
Shaping Vancouver 2017

Restoring our environment

Since Europeans first began exploring North America, our attitudes towards wildlife and the natural world have undergone dramatic, – and necessary, – changes. A few centuries ago, the western reaches of the continent seemed vast, limitless, bountiful, full of unending natural wealth. The idea of “the West” was synonymous with “frontier”, – a place where personal dreams could be realized through hard work, here right and wrong were directly asserted by one’s own personal strength and power.

In this country, the equation was simple: “Western Canada” equaled “huge skies, enormous mountains, raging rivers, thundering oceans”, – and wildlife in fantastic numbers and varieties, from buffalo herds and pelican flocks, to endless schools of salmon.

For the early European immigrants, the sheer quantity of the wildlife was overwhelming, almost unimaginable, limitless. In response to this abundance they concluded that there was huge economic gain to be had from the animals. Because the number of animals seemed to be so vast, hunting was pursued as if it would make no difference to the overall size of the animal populations. In North America, over 500 species of all kinds have suffered extinction in the past 500 years.

A resurgence is at hand, however. Although resurgence is not spectacular, there is a substantial increase in real numbers in many species of North American wildlife, such as buffalo, bald eagles, and wolves, which had previously been brought close to extinction. The reason for this turnaround is the change in attitude of the human population. Whereas human behaviour towards the animal world in the past was driven almost completely by the desire for economic gain and personal consumption, our current behaviour is characterized by such attitudes as “enjoyment” and “understanding”, attitudes that are now seen as valid objectives in their own right, not merely side benefits of the exploitation of wildlife.

The shift in attitude towards wildlife is due not only to the maturing of our understanding of the natural world but also to the development of the camera. Photography has made it possible to shift society’s view of wildlife from one rooted in consumptive economics to one that is essentially cultural and recreational.

Stephen Hutchings
from Wildlife of Western Canada: A Photographic Portrait
by Dennis and Esther Schmidt

Canada’s natural history is a complex and diverse blend of land and its communities of plants and animals. Increasingly we are realizing that the natural environment is not only fascinating and beautiful, but that its health is vital to our well-being. We are beginning to understand, as well, that we ourselves are part of nature and that we can flourish only when our natural systems flourish.

Who would deny the joy of hiking through a healthy forest, or hearing a flock of migrating geese overhead, or sighting a moose lifting a dripping muzzle from the shallows? Yet some of these joys are at risk today, because sometimes without thought, often from ignorance, we are damagaing the world.

The more we understand the natural world around us, the more we will appreciate it, and the better we will act to nurture it, protect it, and live in harmony with it.

It is fitting, therefore, for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society to be associated with this volume, published on the occasion of our sixtieth anniversary. For the subject, – the natural history of our land, here authoritatively described, explained, and beautifully illustrated, – admirably complements the Society’s objective of making Canad better known to Canadians and the world.

Alex. T. Davidson
President, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society
From Canada: A Natural History 1988
Tim Fitzharris and John Livingston

Creative British Columbia
Creating a future for our environment
Strait puts the planet at top of its agenda

Creating music in our schools
VSO Connects

VSO Connects Elementary
VSO Connects Elementary brings the magnificent and diverse world of symphonic music to elementary school students with an opportunity to interact, create, and learn from Vancouver Symphony Orchestra musicians, and music students from the leading post secondary music institutions in British Columbia. Nine modules were created to highlight specific symphonic works, composers and instruments, and tailored to suit different grade levels.

The goal of the VSO Connects program is to create an environment where students, school trustees, district and school administrators, teachers, and parents, understand the importance and value of promoting the integration of Symphonic music into appropriate areas of the educational program.

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra believes that music is vital and essential to a well-rounded education and enriching life. As part of our commitment to bring the incredible world of symphonic music to people of all ages, we have developed eleven education and community programs.

We create music education programs through consultation, collaboration, and integration to develop and nurture relationships with students, music educators, musicians, patrons and sponsors, and to provide our music education experiences, where appropriate, through emerging technologies

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at Whistler

Housing Centre
Megaphone Vendors


Fresh Solutions to the homelessness crises
Changing the story on homelessness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nr-6hZvyz8 18 views
Community Children Centre
A State of Emergency
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAnh2C7noBw 3 views

Reconciliation Pole

Business Course sets sights on Indigenous professionals

Circlle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada
A principle goal of the Circle is to build connections and foster collaboration.

To this end, the Circle develops programs that foster more and better conversations, connections, and relationships among Aboriginal Peoples and philanthropic organizations; deepen our understanding of key issues in Aboriginal communities such as Aboriginal education, land and people, Aboriginal health; and secure key partnerships and memberships that leverage the Circle’s capacity and reach.

Most of our work happens within our Collaborative Circles which bring together members of The Circle and others, government representatives, and for-profit businesses and organizations also working actively to connect with and support the empowerment of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada.

Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

When indigenous peoples enjoy their rights and well-being, then the society as a whole is healthier and a better place for us all.

Although actions have been taken by some States to put into effect the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to uphold indigenous peoples’ rights, progress has been far too slow and much more needs to be done.

Alarming numbers of indigenous peoples experience encroachment on their traditional lands and territories, displacement and dispossession as well as harassment, threats and killing of indigenous human rights defenders. Adequate consultative mechanisms by Governments and the private sector, respect for indigenous lands and territories, and protection of indigenous human rights defenders are among the most pressing demands made by indigenous peoples’ representatives at the Session.

Mariam Wallet Aboubakrine,
Chairperson of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

from United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues concludes with call to action

Since the establishment of the Permanent Forum, its annual sessions have fostered dialogue and cooperation between indigenous peoples and Member States. The Sixteenth Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues concluded on May 5, 2017

PDF of Declaration

Site C


The Wolf

Community Broadcasting Centre

What is the current state of the Canadian film industry and how can it be improved?

We have lost a huge percentage of funding because TV channels don’t have as many slots for stand-alone documentaries as it was even five years ago. Various formats of series have taken over, reality TV is pushing documentaries out of TV programming. The problem is: in Canada, documentaries are made mostly through the TV broadcaster-triggered funding. Thus, without the funding, the cultural depiction of Canada and important Canadian stories, are not captured and not brought to the Canadians. The essence of a national identity is in the uniqueness of culture and experience. With the reduction in numbers of documentaries, Canada is hurting itself as a country and as a nation.


The Biz Interview: Julia Ivanova

What’s the most rewarding element of being a filmmaker?

Documentary filmmaking is not a glamorous undertaking but it is very addictive because you are creating your own interpretation of lives and events, you meet and become friends with a huge variety of people and you go unique places not as a tourist. The most rewarding moment is when you are editing what you’ve filmed and, step by step, you create the world that didn’t exist before. It doesn’t mean you are creating a fictitious world – it’s a documentary after all – but nevertheless you are a creator of something important and emotional that didn’t exist before – The Film.
Centre for Digital Media

Reconciliation – Where we are

A Musical Documentary

The Road Forward
DOXA is very proud to open the 2017 festival with Marie Clements’ extraordinary documentary musical The Road Forward, a celebration of First Nations history and a portrait of a people who have retained their identity and power through art, activism and community.
“I would like for the truth of how this country came to be fully understood by every single person that lives here, and I think if that happens, we have a shot of getting something right.”
The Road Forward, a musical documentary by Marie Clements, connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today. The Road Forward’s stunningly shot musical sequences, performed by an ensemble of some of Canada’s finest vocalists and musicians, seamlessly connect past and present with soaring vocals, blues, rock, and traditional beats. A rousing tribute to the fighters for First Nations rights, a soul-resounding historical experience, and a visceral call to action.

Native Voice
Native Voice: A B.C. journalism story
Native Brotherhood

About Us

Union of BC Indian Chiefs
One of the main principles of the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs is that, despite our differences, we will be stronger if we work together. The goal of the UBCIC is to support the work of our people, whether at the community, nation or international level, in our common fight for the recognition of our aboriginal rights and respect for our cultures and societies. Our goal, the goal of the people, has been to give the aboriginal people of BC a voice strong enough to be heard in every corner of the world. We have, and we continue, to carry out this mission in a number of different ways.

Another major principle behind our organization is the belief that knowledge is power. We are dedicated to information-sharing as well as to the fostering of fundamental and necessary research skills for Indian people in the province.

Our Mission

to improve intertribal relationships through common strategies to protect our Aboriginal Title
to hold the federal government to its fiduciary obligations and have them change their extinguishment policy
to support our peoples at regional, national and international forums
to continue to defend our Aboriginal Title through the revival of our way of life (political, social, economic and spiritual)
to build trust, honour and respect so we may achieve security and liberty in our lifetime and continue the healing and reconciliation (decolonization) of our Nations

The Constitution Express

Creating community with theatre

Documentary theatre, sometimes known as verbatim theatre, can be one of the most challenging and also exciting forms of playwriting. Using references such as reports, articles, and interviews, documentary theatre creates scripts from existing source materiel without altering the original wording.

Jovanni Sy
Artistic Director, Gateway Theatre
From the introducing The Watershed
A rollicking road trip in pursuit of a nation’s lifeblood

Theatre of the New World

They’re amplifying misinformation, sprinkling fake news headlines through Twitter feeds and more. We’re documenting, tracking, and archiving the everyday behaviours, – the bad, – of fake Twitter Bot profiles. Recently we’ve uncovered fake profiles that have been forged, hijacked… stolen. It’s like witnessing social media identity theft. We’ve noted the profiles of organizations, businesses, and people that appear abandoned, possibly dormant, or in a few cases still operating. Here are seven examples of profiles we’re labeling as stolen, and all operating as Bot manipulated content feeds.

John Gray
from The Doppelgänger Bots,
How They’re Using Stolen Social Identities

What can we trust?

What do we know about our theatre of the new world? We are all on the stage. We are all creating our stories onstage in the theatre. There is nowhere to hide. Who can we trust? In an era where trust is more important than truth what do we trust? How important is the truth? Or the best obtainable version of the truth as Carl Bernstein defines the contribution of his profession. What do we know about our digital world? What don’t we know? What do we need to know? What could we benefit from knowing? What observable, demonstrated evidence of how our theatre of the new world is serving our interests as a world community?

We are creating connections and exciting creative connections and we are exploiting and being exploited and we are creating our stories as communities of place, purpose, profession, and culture.

What do we know about the behaviour of the internet? What do we know about our behaviour on the internet?

What stories make sense? What stories do we trust? What stories make common sense? What ideas about what we can do make good sense? How do we know what we know? Or think we know? Do we care?

Our digital world has made our media accessible to every community in our world. We are creating our world, our imagination of our world, and our creative possibilities for our world in our theatre. Our digital world has made our classroom bigger. What do we want to learn? What do we want to contribute to creating?

Internet Freedom

Digital media
Our creative interests
Being informed, being uninformed
Being misinformed

John Gray
The story of human versus non-human discourse
I also think we need to tie the misinformation conversation to being a deeper issue that’s rooted in poor overall literacy rather than simply one of improving media literacy.

Creative Canada
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity exists to inspire artists and leaders to make their unique contribution to society. We aspire to be the global leader in arts, culture, and creativity.

Human potential is realized at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. As a unique creative and learning experience, we curate innovative programs that develop artists and leaders, inspiring them to conceive and create powerful works and ideas that are shared with the world.

The Banff Centre is a catalyst for knowledge and creativity through the power of our unique environment and facilities in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and our rich learning opportunities, cross-disciplinary and cross- sectoral interactions, outreach activities, and performances for the public.

In January 2009, the Alberta Minister of Advanced Education and Technology approved a mandate for Banff Centre. The mandate articulates the Centre’s role as a specialized Arts and Culture Institution providing non-parchment programs in the arts and creativity, and in leadership development, mountain culture, and the environment.

Banff Centre Children’s Festival
Journey into a world of art and imagination for all ages!

Journey into a world of art and imagination at Banff Centre Children’s Festival on Saturday, May 20. With free or low-cost activities and live shows, Banff Centre Children’s Festival is a continent of imagination where children of all ages can explore Canada’s diverse cultural communities through dance, music, and more.

Featuring Dancers of Damelahamid, magician Sheldon Casavant, and Québec traditional music group De Temps Antan!

Plus many free events including: creativity room, circus school, family dance, and more!



The Dancers of Damelahamid is an Indigenous dance company from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. Their rich history of masked dance inspires a compelling performance, celebrating the diversity and time depth of the many beautiful Indigenous cultures across Canada. Through dramatic dance, captivating narrative, intricately carved masks, and elaborate regalia the Dancers of Damelahamid transform time and space, and bridge the ancient with a living tradition.

In Abundance is their new dance piece for family audiences. The main theme of the piece is based on the salmon cycle, and conveys important cultural teachings on balance, community and sustainability. The salmon symbolize abundance and are a key reminder of the importance to value and protect this essential resource.

The Coastal First Nations Dance Festival is a celebration of the stories, songs, and dances of the indigenous peoples of the northwest coast of North America

Through dramatic dance, captivating narrative, intricately carved masks and elaborate regalia the Dancers of Damelahamid transform time and space, and bridge the ancient with a living tradition.

The Dancers of Damelahamid are a professional dance group that has gained a national reputation as one of the finest northwest coastal dance groups in British Columbia




Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance
Claiming space for all Indigenous performing artists

The Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance is an alliance of artistically diverse Indigenous performing artists, arts organizations, and allies. We connect Indigenous performing artists, opportunities, communities through a collective voice, generosity, inclusion

Ensure Indigenous performing artists are invited and visible within and among national communities
Maintain presence in the community while promoting and fighting for access to the resources available to our community
Identify and serve the needs of indigenous performing artists.
Represent indigenous artists in conversations that will impact their livelihood and artistic practices


Creative Vancouver Community

SFU Downtown Campus

Shaping Vancouver 2017
Undefined Heritage-Diversity, Inclusivity, and Understanding

Conversation #2: Undefined Heritage: Diversity – Inclusivity and Understanding
Join Shaping Vancouver for a conversation on Vancouver’s new thematic framework for heritage and what that means for how we define heritage in our communities and city.


What would a broader narrative that includes our diverse histories that shaped our city look like? Heritage policy in Vancouver has historically been dominated by a pre-1940 Anglo-Colonial bias that has limited how and what we define as heritage. This has resulted in the exclusion of many narratives that are essential to the development of our city. In this talk, we explore what it means when Vancouver Specials, diverse cultural groups, immigrant experiences, and long-established international influences are missing from this conversation. We also wish to explore how these marginalized styles, histories, cultures, and people worthy of recognition exist within the mainstream conversation on heritage, and how they might exist in an expanded field where they may be recognized on more equal footing.
May 11, 2017

The future of heritage in Vancouver

Conversation #1: The Future of Heritage in Vancouver – What the New Thematic Framework Means for Our City

Under the Heritage Action Plan of 2015, development commenced on a new thematic framework in order to update the Vancouver Heritage Register so that it reflected newer approaches to heritage. This includes recognizing a broader range of heritage values beyond just the architectural. This work on the new framework is nearing completion and will change how we evaluate and recognize heritage in the city.

Heritage consultant Donald Luxton of Donald Luxton & Associates Inc., who is conducting the update, will introduce the new thematic framework and panelists will explore what the adoption of these broader heritage values may mean for communities, our definition and understanding of heritage, and the progression of heritage planning in Vancouver.

Innovation 150

Innovation150 is a nationwide program from five leading science organizations that celebrates Canada’s innovative past and sparks the ideas and ingenuity that will propel our future. The interactive, yearlong program offers awe-inspiring experiences in science, technology, and innovation across the country for Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Innovation150 engages Canadian youth, families, and communities across the country through travelling science exhibitions, a mobile makerspace, innovation festivals, a digital storybook, and more. Follow along on our journey!

Every great innovation starts with an idea. In this traveling science expo from Perimeter Institute and Actua, young Canadians explore the incredible ability of the human mind to question, make, and innovate. The tour includes an interactive science exhibit and a hands-on mobile makerspace travelling to 60+ communities across the country, with a focus on youth, families, and Indigenous audiences.

Power of Ideas Tour

The Vienna Model

Alternatives to the Housing Crisis: Case Study Vienna
Urban Planning, Dissensual Politics and Popular Agency
May 19, 2017

The worldwide crisis of a dramatic lack of affordable housing — even in affluent cities such as Vancouver and Vienna — is part of a larger urban crisis that is based on speculation of urban land, the re-distribution of wealth from the poor to the rich, and on the collectivization of losses and the privatization of gains characteristic of neoliberalism.

Therefore, a politics aiming at the right to affordable housing for all is necessary in this moment. And housing, of course, is always more than itself — for we are housed in cities and thus also in infrastructural networks, power relations, public spaces, all of which are under pressure from market appropriation. In this talk, Gabu Heindl, architect and urban planner from Vienna, Austria, proposes equality, justice and the enabling of political dissensus as parameters for city planning.

Using Vienna as a case study, this lecture explores the relationship of affordable housing to urban planning politics and will discuss historic and current housing policies, not least in a critical cross-analysis with the Vancouver case. Touching upon the re-articulated model function of 1920s Red Vienna, Heindl will present her approach to combining strong claims (Setzungen) in public planning with a critique of paternalistic governance and with maintaining zones of contact with popular agency.

The Vienna Model in Vancouver

Vancouver Choral Community
Elektra Women’s Choir presents Shining Light: Celebrating Women Composers at Ryerson United

“Usually, when I come across a poem that I decide to try to set, I play with it a little bit at the piano; I read it out loud in its entirety; and I often record those piano improvisations along with my reading and singing. It’s all very improvisatory,” she says, adding that for Primary Colours she also drew a multicoloured flow chart: different phrases suggested a colour, and those colours suggested the work’s musical form.

“That’s where the shape and the overall structure comes from,” Allan explains. “And then where melodic content felt appropriate, I tried to sing it. I just improvised into my cellphone recorder and kept track of which parts went well. I do try to stay true to the text in its rhythm and expression and direction, without being a slave to it, or being confined by its rhythm and structure.”

Edmundson’s enthusiasm has resulted in Allan having three pieces in Shining Light—that’s 23 percent, if you’re still keeping score. There’s Early Spring, a 2007 work based on a Newfoundland folk song, and one of the scores that first brought Allan to Elektra’s notice. There’s At the heart of our stillness, a 2016 setting of a Joy Kogawa text. And then there’s the brand-new Primary Colours: Three Canticles for Women’s Choir and Piano, a commission from the choir that will probably form the emotional centre of a concert that has as its themes spring, joy, and wonder.

History of Elektra

Elektra Women’s Choir was formed by Co-Founders Morna Edmundson and Diane Loomer, C.M. (1940 – 2012) in 1987. In 2009 Morna Edmundson was appointed Artistic Director and Diane Loomer, became Conductor Emerita. The choir is honoured to work with an outstanding accompanist, Dr. Stephen Smith.

Since 1987, over 160 singers whose ages have ranged from 17 to 79 have been members of Elektra. There are usually about 48 singers in the choir, all volunteers, many of whom travel long distances just to come to weekly rehearsals. For most, Monday nights have become time to be together with other women who want to work hard and produce something beautiful and meaningful. Some stay for a year or two, others much longer, and two have been with the choir from the very beginning. Singers have been teachers and students, arts administrators, lawyers and police officers, an architect and a pharmacist, choir directors and band leaders, organists, a flutist, a harpist, guitarists and pianists, dancers and a stilt walker, accountants, office workers and a financial planner, a sales manager and a preacher. They are typical 21st century women – with careers, homes, families, but even more – each has a strong passion for singing classical choral music at a high level.

Elektra has a strong relationship with many Canadian choral composers and arrangers and through its concerts, recordings, and website, proudly promotes new repertoire. In 2014, Cypress Choral Music launched the “Elektra Women’s Choir” series for advanced treble choirs. The choir has become a valued resource for conductors the world over looking to program the best of Canadian and international repertoire for treble voices. On its website, Elektra houses a permanent Repertoire Resources section, in which one can find all pieces programmed by Elektra since its inception. Curated lists such as “Top Canadian Picks,” and “Suitable for Young Voices” help guide conductors through the 400 works listed. This resource has become invaluable to conductors from around the world.


Diane Loomer

The Future of Museums

International Council of Museums
The World Museum Community
The International Council of Museums works for society and its development. It is committed to ensuring the conservation, and protection of cultural goods.

Tourism can widely contribute to the wealth of a country in promoting its cultural heritage. Unfortunately, it can also endanger it, especially in the more vulnerable regions.

International Museum Day

The objective of International Museum Day is to raise awareness of the fact that Museums are an important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.

Organized on and around 18 May each year, the events and activities planned to celebrate International Museum Day can last a day, a weekend or a whole week.

Participation in International Museum Day is growing among museums all over the world. In 2016, more than 35,000 museums participated in the event in some 145 countries.

The worldwide community of museums will celebrate International Museum Day on and around 18 May 2017. The theme chosen for 2017 is “Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums”.

By focusing on the role of museums as hubs for promoting peaceful relationships between people, this theme highlights how the acceptance of a contested history is the first step in envisioning a shared future under the banner of reconciliation.


Lac La Biche Regional Museum & Discovery Centre

Lac La Biche History

The theme of International Museum Day varies every year; this year, the theme is Museums and Contested Histories: Saying the Unspeakable in Museums. The purpose of this theme is to “highlight how the acceptance of a contested history is the first step in envisioning a shared future under the banner of reconciliation.”

Reconciliation is at the forefront of many minds, especially with this year marking the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation. As a community that had an industrial school that was part of the Indian Residential School system in Canada that promoted cultural genocide, it is important that we continue to educate the public to promote healing within our country.

This event will be held online on our website at www.laclabichemuseum.com and will be available on May 18.

Create a place for yourself in the community
Register your museum for museum day

Museums and Difficult Issues

“I think that if museums wish to remain relevant in today’s society they need to make sure that they’re dealing with difficult issues – some of the issues that they have studiously avoided dealing with in the past. It’s the only way, really, to connect with modern people: we’ve got to more honest that we used to be.”
David Fleming, Director National Museums Liverpool and President Federation of international Human rights museums

Museums as places of engagement

“Museums and contested histories is an important theme for International Museum Day because it goes to the heart of questions about the role of museum in contemporary society: whether they are merely safe spaces of escapism and places of refuge from contemporary and historic difficulties or whether they can be places of engagement with such difficulties.”
Chris Whitehead, Media Culture and Heritage at the School of Arts and Cultures of Newcastle University

A Museum in a City
In A Museum in the City, filmmaker Luc Bourdon invites us on a tour of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. A backstage discovery of the institution and its 150-year history, the documentary reveals the remarkable dedication of its staff and explores the contemporary penchant for music in the world of art exhibitions.
A Museum in a City takes us behind the scenes at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and looks back over the institution’s 150 year history. In addition to curators, educators, artisans, and the institution’s visionary director, Nathalie Bondil, we meet the team of volunteers, patrons and other art lovers without whom the Museum would not exist.

City Museums: Collisions I Connections
October 24-27, 2012

The International Committee for the Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities

The best city museums act as a starting point for the discovery of the city, which can lead people to look with fresh, more informed and tolerant eyes at the richness of the present urban environment and to imagine beyond it to past and possible future histories.
Nicola Johnson, Museum International, UNESCO July-September 1995

The International Committee for the Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities is one of a number of international organizations concerned with cities and urban living.

We are a forum for people who work in or are interested in museums about the past, present and future of cities. We are also a forum for urban planners, historians, economists, architects or geographers, all of whom can share knowledge and experience with us, exchange ideas and explore partnerships across national boundaries. With around 200 members from 43 countries we carry out projects, run workshops, we publish and we hold meetings with a specific theme in a different city each year.

The Committee reflects the growing focus world wide on cities: their economic importance, their spectacular growth, and the problems and possibilities they present. The matters for debate on the city are almost endless: pollution, regeneration, the private car, public transport, the flight to the suburbs, the destruction of heritage, insensitive development. The Committee aims to be at the centre of this debate, not least through supporting and encouraging museums of cities in their work of collecting, preserving and presenting original material on the city’s past, present and future, work which can reinforce the city’s identity and contribute to its development.


Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Centre – Online Museum

There’s a new museum in Quebec – and you can visit it from anywhere in the province. The Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute is a beautiful spruce-beam structure shaped like a traditional Cree longhouse tent. It holds a collection of cultural artifacts from the James Bay Cree heritage, dating back to the 1700s. And it’s in Oujé Bougoumou in the James Bay region.

But we can all go to the museum because its website offers a virtual visit. You can walk the rooms, zoom in to see artifacts, read stories told by local Cree residents, and see films relating to the objects.

It’s such a rich interactive website that it won an award this week from the International Council of Museums. And it was up against museums on the scale of the Louvre in Paris, as well as institutions in Germany, Portugal, Italy and Taiwan. No small feat.
from Take a virtual tour of the Cree Cultural Centre
CBC Radio



Trump and Truth

Cree Communities and Footprints

Vancouver Community Housing

Who we are

Who We Are

Community arts and culture leaders are the living, breathing force in British Columbia’s creative ecology. They are the most precious resource, and help generate vibrant communities and artistic activity throughout our province.

Arts BC is a resource itself and works to cultivate community cultural development through knowledge-sharing and serving its province-wide network including 300 arts councils, arts, culture and heritage organizations, Individual artists, creative entrepreneurs, community and partner groups

Creative Canada 150
Open Canada
150 years of Canadian foreign policy

Creative Conversation
Video Conferencing

The future of journalism

Museum of Migration

Creative Canada

Art and culture are intrinsic elements of belonging, – to a community, a nation, a country, a society, to humanity itself. With their creative visions, expressions of hope, and questioning of the status quo, artists play a vital role in helping us to better understand and address the complex challenges of our times. They provoke new ways of thinking and transformations that enrich the lives of their fellow Canadians. Art is essential in pointing us, together, toward a brighter future.

Simon Brault
Director and CEO
Canada Council for the Arts
2017 Doxa Documentary Film Festival

Drucker Institute
Non-Profit Innovation
Now in it’s 26th year, the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation continues to recognize the organization that best exemplifies Peter Drucker’s definition of innovation: “change that creates a new dimension of performance.”

92% of 2016’s first-round applicants said that simply completing the application would prompt them to explore additional opportunities for innovation.

Beyond Integrity

The Gustavson Brand Trust Index

The Gustavson Brand Trust Index was established to raise awareness of the role trust plays in the minds of consumers when making purchasing decisions and measures the relationships between social equity, trust, and advocacy for brands in Canada.

The goal of educating and championing responsible leadership is part of the impact that drives the University of Victoria’s sense of purpose as a leading teaching and research hub.

The Gustavson Brand Trust survey instrument measures different dimensions of trust that influence whether consumers recommend a brand to their networks:

Brand trust: consumer perceptions of whether the brand is trustworthy and acts with integrity
Values-based trust: consumer perceptions on the brand’s social responsibility
Functional trust: consumer perceptions on how well the brand’s product performs or functions
Relationship trust: consumer perception on how the brand interacts with its customers
Word of Mouth: whether consumers recommend the brand to others

The Gustavson Brand Trust Index 2017 measures Canadian consumers’ opinions about 294 corporate and product brands across 26 categories. The Index evaluated responses collected from 6590 Canadian consumers to assess their levels of brand trust and examine what causes them to recommend a brand to their friends and family.

Canada’s Top Ten National Brands

1. Mountain Equipment Co-op
2. CAA
3. Costco Wholesale
4. Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
6. Chapters/Indigo
7. President’s Choice
8. Interac
9. Cirque du Soleil
10. WestJet

Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
The world looks different from here

Exploring our Nature
Age is a mind set

Restoring Our Oceans
125 Marine species are at risk in the Strait

Vancouver Festival of Oceans
Georgia Strait Alliance

The Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films is dedicated to protecting our environment for the next generations by raising interest and awareness of the ocean not only as a place for positive recreation, but also as a place of sustainable and responsible commerce, and a wilderness to be respected.

The net proceeds from the festival will be used to assist the Georgia Strait Alliance in their work to protect and restore the marine environment and promote the sustainability of the Georgia Strait, its adjoining waters, and communities.

The Vancouver Festival of Ocean Films is designed to present a broad-based experience to raise awareness of our relationship with the ocean and leave our audience more educated and excited.

About the Festival

Salish Sea Community Learning Centre

The battle for the resources of the North Atlantic

Atlantic takes on the powerful interests carving up Ireland’s ocean resources following the fortunes of three small fishing communities as they struggle to maintain their way of life in the face of mounting economic and ecological challenges. As the oil majors drive deeper into their fragile seas, and the world’s largest fishing companies push fish stocks to the brink, coastal people and the species they rely on may be reaching a point of no return.

Creative Vancouver
Youthful Cities

About Us


Reconciliation Canada

Our Story

Our future, and the well-being of all our children rests with the kind of relationships we build today.
Chief Dr. Robert Joseph

Community Housing Centre
Creative Vancouver
The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century City
The Vienna Model exhibition, curated by Wolfgang Förster and William Menking, explores housing in Vienna, Austria, through its portrait of the city’s pathbreaking approach to architecture, urban life, neighborhood revitalization, and the creation of new communities.

Vancouver is consistently ranked alongside the Vienna as one of the world’s most livable cities. Vienna has a stable housing market, with 60% of the population living in municipally built, owned, or managed housing. By comparison, Vancouver is undergoing a housing crisis. Vienna’s housing history and policies provides alternative approaches for British Columbia.

As Vancouver embarks upon a community engagement process revolving around housing, The Vienna Model expands discussion about urban planning options and encourages dialogue and debate on the future of the city.

In addition to the investigation of design focused on community, Vancouver- and Vienna-based artists and cultural researchers Sabine Bitter and Helmut Weber have selected art projects and public works that reflect Vienna housing into a broader context. These are included in the exhibition and illustrated catalogue.

The exhibition and accompanying publication is organized into ten chapters:

Continuity and Innovation
Social Mixing
Developing New Urban Areas
Diversity and Integration
Citizen Participation
Climate and Environmental Protection
Use and Design of Public Spaces
Developing Existing Housing Stock
Building on the Outskirts
The Role of Arts

Creative Vancouver
Creating a Green Economy
Green Living Fashion

Green Living Lifestyle

Green Living Enterprises

Who We Are

Green Living Online
Green Living Show


Branded Content

Branded Content

Green Learning

About Us

Scotiabank Ecoliving

Felix Masi
The Artists Voice
Voiceless Children

VOA’s Paul Ndiho talks to photojournalist Felix Masi about his focus on covering social ills surrounding his community.

Voice of America
The Voice of America began broadcasting in 1942 to combat Nazi propaganda with accurate and unbiased news and information. Ever since then, VOA has served the world with a consistent message of truth, hope and inspiration.

Internet Governance

Lawson Lundell LLP is committed to helping our clients stay current with legal developments in their areas of interest through email announcements, event invitations and newsletters.

We want to confirm our ability to continue to send you electronic messages in light of the next phase of Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) being implemented.

If you would like to receive commercial electronic messages that are relevant to you and your organization after July 1, 2017, please provide us with your consent by clicking on the “I Consent” button below and providing your information. You may withdraw your consent at any time.

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Children of God

From the conversation
Sparking important conversations is one of the contributions of theatre art


National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation
Reconciliation is a journey of individuals, organizations, and a nation finding a path forward.

Archives are preserved and accessible
Survivors are involved in the work of the centre
Educators have access to the collection and the public education activities of the Centre
New research is conducted to shed light on the past and the path moving forward

Focusing the youth
Working together

Imagine a Canada
Celebrating youth – Visions for Reconciliation
The Imagine a Canada national arts and communication initiative empowers youth to play a leading role in the conversation surrounding reconciliation

Reconciliaction – Youth driven reconciliation



Canadian Roots Exchange
We are the Canadian Roots Exchange, a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth who believe that in order to bridge the gap between Canada’s peoples and work towards reconciliation, we need to become educated and aware of the teachings, triumphs, and daily realities of Indigenous communities

Things About Us

About The Project

The Kairos Blanket Exercise

Welcome to the KAIROS Blanket Exercise program

The Kairos Blanket Exercise is an interactive learning experience that teaches the Indigenous rights history we’re rarely taught. Developed in response to the 1996 Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples—which recommended education on Canadian-Indigenous history as one of the key steps to reconciliation, the Blanket Exercise covers over 500 years of history in a one and a half hour participatory workshop.

Honouring Memories – Planting Dreams

Vancouver Indigenous Media Arts Festival

Highlights from the Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples

Digital Projects

How Will the Canada Council’s new $88.5 Million Digital Fund Be Spent?
March 16, 2017
BY Leah Sandals

How Will the Canada Council’s New $88.5 Million Digital Fund Be Spent?

The Canada Council’s CEO says that our nation’s arts sector needs to be less granular, and more unified, in order to make progress in the digital realm.

In November, the Canada Council—Canada’s largest arts funding agency—announced that it was creating a new $88.5 million fund dedicated to digital projects.

Now, at a major summit happening today and tomorrow in Montreal, the council is unveiling more details about how that money will be distributed to artists and arts organizations.

“First of all, the funding will be geared towards projects,” Canada Council CEO Simon Brault tells Canadian Art. “We don’t care who is presenting what; what we want are projects that are scalable, that have a broad impact not just giving a potential edge to one organization.”

Specifically, funding will range from under $10,000 for short-term, small-scale projects, and it will to range up to $500,000 for large-scale initiatives.

Three broad components of the fund have been articulated on paper—digital literacy and intelligence; citizen access to the arts and cultural engagement; and transformation of organizations.

“What we really want is an intense brainstorming… to see and to hear what would be the most interesting and the most impactful project we could support in the next few years to make a difference not just for individual artists or organizations, but for the entire arts sector,” Brault says.

Canada’s arts sector, for example, could really use something like “a Tripadvisor for culture,” Brault says.

“No one makes the decision to go to a restaurant or buy a car or even buy clothes without getting advice from peers online,” Brault notes, “but it’s very difficult to have that for the arts sector.”

And that is just one of many challenges Canada’s arts community faces in a digital world.

Recent consultations have convinced Brault that “a very divided and granular arts sector won’t be able to face the future.” As an example, he points to a recent case where two major arts institutions in the same city told Brault it would be impossible for them to share subscriber or member information with each other.


Critical Analysis

The problems of bots in our social-political discourse
John Gray


Case Studies