10440 – 108 Avenue, Edmonton T5H 3Z9
The Edmonton Heritage Council is a non-profit and charitable organization that envisions Edmonton as a place where our diverse heritage and history is integral to community life.
Their mission is to support the work of individuals and organizations that:
research, preserve, protect and present Edmonton's unique heritage
promote an understanding of how this distinct place and community came to be
engage with the past in planning for the future.
Their mandate is to:
provide a forum for analyzing, discussing and sharing heritage issues in Edmonton
advocate for a vibrant heritage community and heritage programs that benefit all Edmontonians
unify Edmonton’s heritage community and give it a voice
promote the awareness and development of effective, informed and recognized heritage principles and practices.
The idea of the Edmonton Heritage Council was presented in The Art of Living, the 10-year cultural plan for the City of Edmonton adopted by City Council in August 2008.
It stated that a heritage council would “provide a clear collective identity and voice for heritage in Edmonton [and] ally heritage with other comparable communities and organizations in the city”, such as the Edmonton Arts Council, Edmonton Tourism and the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation.
Planning for the EHC began in early 2009, with its first staff hired in April 2009 and a Steering Committee formed to guide the organization towards its founding meeting on November 19, 2009.