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- Framework for History and Commemoration
- Historical research documents
- Index of subjects prepared for the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
- Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada meeting minutes
- Access to information and privacy
- Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information 2013
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Framework for History and Commemoration
Learn more about the Framework for History and Commemoration and its importance in the work of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.
Historical research documents
The Documentation Centre of Parks Canada Indigenous Affairs and Cultural Heritage Directorate holds a large collection of research reports and documents on Federal Heritage Designations (events, people and sites), heritage railway stations, federal heritage buildings and various Parks Canada publications.
Index of subjects prepared for the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
Parks Canada is in the early stages of preparing an index of subjects that have been considered by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. As a first step, the index focuses on a limited number of subjects, where thematic studies have been prepared.
Thematic studies written by Parks Canada staff and/or external researchers expand upon or explore themes and topics related to potential subjects for designation under the National Program of Historical Commemoration. These studies are presented in a range of formats that include, but are not limited to, commemorative analyses, framework studies, projects and biographies.
The studies date from the 1960s until the late 2010s. Some may contain outdated language or terminology, the absence of a significant layer of history or factual errors. They are considered working documents, and in many cases, are only available in one official language. To request material associated with a subject listed on the index, please contact the HSMBC Secretariat at Parks Canada at email@example.com.
|Subject titles||Report year(s)|
|Medical Research Discoveries||2015|
|Purpose-Built and Adapted Clubhouses of Gentlemen's Clubs||2014|
|Extant Grain Elevators||2014|
|Planned Single-Industry Towns||2012|
|Indigenous People and the Exploration of Canada||2011|
|Early Human Migrations in Canada and the Americas||2010|
|Human Rights and Ethnocultural Communities||2010|
|Indigenous Political Organizations and Leaders (1870-1960)||2010|
|Indigenous Art Commodity Production||2010|
|Built Heritage of Banks||2008|
|First World War||2007|
|Political Relations between the Canadian Government and Indigenous Leaders in Southwestern Ontario (18th-19th centuries)||2007|
|Chinese Immigration/Communities (since 1788)||2007|
|Governors General (Mid-20th Century)||2005|
|Governors General (1760-1979)||2005|
|Governors of New France (1608-1760)||2005|
|Abolitionists and the Abolition Movement in British North America||2003|
|Women's Religious Congregations and Healthcare||2003|
|Women and Education||2002|
|Policies related to Indigenous peoples and the Model Village Concept in Upper and Lower Canada (19th century)||2002|
|Coal Mining Landscapes (Alberta and Southeastern British Columbia)||2001|
|Women's Religious Congregations and Health Care in Quebec (1639-1962)||2001|
|Places of Worship (1919-1999)||2000|
|Immigration Sites on the West Coast (1840-1940)||2000|
|Second World War||2000|
|Canadian Military in the Second World War||2000|
|Métis History in the Mackenzie Basin||1999|
|Indigenous Cultural Landscapes||1999|
|Underground Railroad in Canada||1998|
|Traditional Cultural Landscapes||1998|
|Inuit Traditions and the History of Nunavut||1998|
|Origins of the Cable Television Industry||1998|
|Women and Work||1998|
|Canadian Settlement Patterns||1997|
|Literary and Artistic Achievements||1997|
|Built Heritage of the Modern Era||1997|
|Coal Mining (Nova Scotia)||1997|
|Residential Buildings in Canada (1930s-1970s)||1998|
|Women and Health Care||1997|
|Women and Political and Economic Power||1997|
|Modernism in Railway Station Architecture (1930-1960)||1995|
|Shipbuilding (New Brunswick)||1995|
|Tugboats, Shipping, and Icebreaking on the Great Lakes||1995|
|Early Chief Justices of British North America||1995|
|Forest Products Industry (New Brunswick)||1994, 1999|
|Gardens and Parks||1994|
|Mi'kmaq Cultural History at Kejimkujik National Park (Nova Scotia)||1994|
|First Nations and Inuit History||1994|
|Extant Engine Houses||1992|
|Indigenous Peoples' History||1992|
|Post-Secondary Educational Institutions||1992|
|Queen Anne Revival Style||1990, 1991|
|Northern Indigenous History||1990, 1991|
|Individuals of Importance in the Canadian Economy||1990|
|Petroleum Industry (Alberta)||1990|
|Penitentiary Design (pre 1950)||1990|
|Electrical Power Transmission||1990|
|Gothic Revival Style||1989, 1990|
|Primary Textile Industry||1989|
|Mid-19th Century Cathedrals||1989|
|Drill Hall Architecture||1989|
|American Military Presence in Newfoundland||1989|
|Churchill Rocket Research Range||1988|
|Urban Schools (up to 1930)||1987|
|Urban Public Schools (before 1930)||1987|
|Rural School Architecture (before 1930)||1987|
|School Design (before 1930)||1987|
|Prarie Settlement Patterns (1870-1930)||1987|
|Urban Manufacturing Complexes||1987|
|Collegiate Gothic Architectural Style||1987|
|Extant Textile Mills Built (before 1940)||1986|
|Commercial Fisheries of the Canadian Great Lakes||1986|
|Arctic Indigenous History||1986|
|Theatres (pre 1920)||1985|
|Agreements between Indigenous Peoples and The Crown||1985|
|Surviving Town Halls (pre 1930)||1984|
|Arctic Whaling Study||1984|
|Commercial Fisheries Of The Great Lakes||1983|
|Pulp and Paper Industry (up to 1930)||1983|
|Prehistoric Sites (Southern Ontario)||1982|
|Chateau Style Hotels of Railway Companies||1980|
|Basque Whaling Sites (Labrador, Newfoundland)||1979|
|Prehistory Studies (Atlantic, Arctic and High Arctic)||1978|
|Prairie Examples of Romanesque Post Office||1977|
|Timber Trade In The Ottawa Valley (1806-1854)||1985|
|Prehistoric Early Indigenous Sites (Ontario)||1975|
|Musicians and Musical Figures||1974|
|Prehistoric Earthwork Sites (Southern British Columbia Coast)||1974|
|Governors and Governors General of New France||1974|
|Indigenous Peoples (Haida and Tsimshian)||1972|
|Indigenous People and the North-West Rebellion (1885)||1970|
|Inkerman Cottage Architecture||1969|
|Fur Trade in the Canadian West (1670-1870)||1968|
|Suggested Thematic Studies||1968|
|Mining (British Columbia)||1964|
|Exploration of the Canadian Arctic (up to 1867)||1962|
Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada meeting minutes
Established in 1919, the Board met annually until the 1950s, when it began to hold bi-annual meetings. The majority of the official minutes from these meetings are available and are bilingual. Copies of the minutes can be obtained via PDF or Microsoft Word format by contacting the Board' Secretariat.
Access to information and privacy
The Access to Information and Privacy Online Request Service offers a convenient way to submit access to information or personal information requests. Visit the Access to information and privacy section of the website to submit a request online and consult the current and previous reports on Access to Information Act and Privacy Act.
Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information 2013
Info Source: Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information provides information about the functions, programs, activities and related information holdings of government institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act. It provides individuals and employees of the government (current and former) with relevant information to access personal information about themselves held by government institutions subject to the Privacy Act and to exercise their rights under the Privacy Act.
The Introduction to Info Source: Sources of Federal Government and Employee Information and an index of institutions subject to the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act are available centrally.
The Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act assign overall responsibility to the President of Treasury Board (as the designated Minister) for the government-wide administration of the legislation.
The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada grew out of the interplay of disparate elements of public opinion concerned with heritage preservation and Government of Canada policy before the First World War. A growing heritage movement encouraged the government to preserve and develop sites with important historical associations. At the same time, the government was looking to extend its national parks system from the west into the east and the idea of creating historic parks around significant historic structures was conceived. The War delayed the introduction of a government program to identify and preserve Canadian heritage; however, in 1919, James B. Harkin, the Commissioner of Dominion Parks, suggested that "An Advisory Board for Historic Site Preservation" be established, and the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada was born.
The Board was given a statutory base for its operations through the Historic Sites and Monuments Act of 1953.
Under the Historic Sites and Monuments Act, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada has the statutory responsibility to advise the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change and, through them, Parks Canada on the commemoration of nationally significant aspects of Canada's past, including the designation of national historic sites, persons and events. Under the Heritage Railway Stations Protection Act and the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act, the Board also advises the Minister on the designation of heritage railway stations and heritage lighthouses respectively.
The full Board meets twice a year to consider submissions related to potential subjects of national historic significance from the general public, heritage organizations, provincial and municipal governments. The various committees, which the Board has established to expedite its work, namely the Inscriptions Committee, the Status of Designations Committee and the Lighthouse Committee meet as required.
Institutional functions, programs and activities
National commemoration programs
Description: information on the commemoration and designation of places, persons and events of national historic significance under the National Program of Historical Commemoration; the designation of heritage lighthouses and heritage railway stations; and, the National Program for the Grave Sites of Canadian Prime Ministers.
Document types: Nomination files (including supporting documentation, photos and contact information), Board minutes, reports, plaque inscriptions, heritage character statements, statement of significance, correspondence, criteria and guidelines, and manuals.
Record number: HSM HSM 005
Please see the Introduction to the Info Source publication for information on formal access procedures under the provisions of the Access to Information Act and the Privacy Act.
To make a formal request, please visit Parks Canada Access to Information and Privacy website.
For additional information about the programs and activities of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, please contact:
30, Victoria Street
3rd Floor, (PC-03-M)
Toll-free phone number: 1-855-283-8730
In accordance with the Access to Information Act, an area on the premises of this institution has been designated as a public reading room. The address is:
Indigenous Affairs and Cultural Heritage Directorate
30 Victoria St
3rd Floor, (PC-03-M)
Historic designations in Canada
Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada
There are different types of heritage or historic designations in Canada. A place may be designated by a municipal, provincial/territorial or federal government and even by several of these authorities. Provincial designation is not a prerequisite to a federal designation, and vice versa. In some territories and provinces, responsibility for making designations has been given to municipal authorities.
Canadian Register of Historic Places
Discover more than 12,500 historic places designated by national, provincial, territorial and local governments.
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
Directory of Federal Real Property
The Directory of Federal Real Property is the core real property system of the federal government. It contains common real property data for 72 custodian organizations.
Federal heritage buildings
Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office
Buildings owned by the Government of Canada may also be classified or recognized by the Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office.
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