Cultural resource management

The 2024 draft Cultural Resource Management Policy is open for public input from May 6 to May 27, 2024.
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Parks Canada manages a wide variety of cultural resources. Cultural resources bear witness to important aspects of human history, activity, or spirituality. They may be tangible, like a human work, object or place, or intangible such as oral history. Cultural resources are formally recognized to have heritage value.

Protecting and presenting cultural heritage is at the core of Parks Canada’s mandate. Legislation guides management for certain heritage places in Canada. Yet, no comprehensive legislation currently exists to protect national historic sites. The Cultural Resource Management Policy guides Parks Canada in the administration of these sites and other cultural resources under its care.

Draft Cultural Resource Management Policy (2024)

Open for public input until May 27, 2024.

Cultural Resource Management Policy (2013)

Current policy that took effect on January 1, 2013.

Guide to the preparation of commemorative integrity statements

Guidance for preparing commemorative integrity statements for national historic sites.

Guidelines for evaluating shipwrecks of national historic significance in Canada

Recommended approach for submitting shipwrecks to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

Standards and guidelines for the conservation of historic places in Canada

Results-oriented guidance for sound decision-making when planning for, intervening on and using historic places.

Give your feedback on the 2024 draft Cultural Resource Management Policy

The Cultural Resource Management Policy (2013) is being reviewed in response to Call to Action 79(ii) from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The Government of Canada committed to revising policies related to the National Program of Historical Commemoration. Renewed policies will ensure the integration of Indigenous history, heritage values, and memory practices into Canada’s national heritage and history.

The policy renewal also supports the Government of Canada’s Action Plan in response to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (UNDA). The goal is to achieve the objectives of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

The review is an opportunity to update policies to help Parks Canada face current and future challenges, and address opportunities related to protecting and presenting cultural resources under its care. The review process starts with the Cultural Resource Management Policy. The renewed policy will guide the review and development of other cultural heritage policy instruments.

The 2024 draft of the Cultural Resource Management Policy was developed with input from:

  • Indigenous partners nationwide
  • Indigenous advisory groups
  • Parks Canada cultural resource management specialists
  • National heritage organizations

Submit your feedback

  1. Read the 2024 draft Cultural Resource Management Policy
  2. Fill out the survey

Next steps

  • We will consider your comments while finalizing the Cultural Resource Management Policy
  • After the updated policy is approved, the final version will be shared on this web page

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