Review of commemorative plaque texts and national historic designations

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For over one hundred years, Parks Canada has been working with the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (the Board) to identify and share defining moments of history in Canada. More than 2,200 persons, places and events have been recognized as national historic designations for their role in shaping the country.

Telling complex stories from Canada’s past

Canadians value learning about the country’s past, in all its richness and complexity. This history includes fascinating stories of greatness, valour, exploration, and innovation, but also stories that are challenging, uncomfortable and, in some cases, tragic. National historic designations reflect this diverse range of subjects.

Perspectives and interpretations of history in Canada have changed a lot over the last century. Some designations and their commemorative bronze plaques include dated, inaccurate, or insensitive content that does not reflect what is known or important to say about the country's history today.

Expanding perspectives

Over the years, the Board and Parks Canada have undertaken reviews of Canada's national historic designations. By revisiting these designations with new evidence, broader sources, and incorporating a wider range of perspectives, we can develop a deeper understanding of the place we now call Canada.

When considering contested or controversial designations, it is important not to erase history. Instead, it is the responsibility of Parks Canada and the Board to add to history by bringing previously ignored or underrepresented stories to light. This important work is grounded in research, aimed at ensuring that our interpretation of the past is rigorous and well-informed.

A Mi'kmaq woman plays a drum on a cliff overlooking the mouth of the Hillsborough River.

The Skmaqn–Port-la-Joye–Fort Amherst National Historic Site has undergone a series of name changes since it was first designated in 1958 as Fort Amherst National Historic Park. In 1985, the name was changed to Fort Amherst/Port La Joye to include the site’s connection to Acadian history. In 2018, the Mi’kmaw word Skmaqn (meaning “waiting place”) was officially added to the name. With community input, Mi’kmaw, British and French perspectives are now recognized in the site’s name and reasons for designation.

Reviewing existing designations

Parks Canada’s Framework for History and Commemoration (2019) outlines the approach for the careful review of existing national historic designations and their plaque texts. The review focuses on incorporating new knowledge and expanded perspectives to ensure that national historic designations reflect the broad spectrum of history in Canada. This includes the histories, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples.

Designations are reviewed for the following reasons:

  • colonial assumptions: designations related to colonial and religious leaders and their actions, and to settlement and nation building that were written from an overly European perspective
  • terminology: designations that include outdated or offensive terms or word choices
  • absence: designations that have an absence of a significant layer of history, most frequently associated with the exclusion of Indigenous peoples
  • controversial beliefs and behaviours: designations, in particular persons, who are now associated with views, actions, and activities condemned by today's society
  • new research: designations that need to be updated to reflect new information, new sources, or recent scholarship
On the exterior of a building, a circular art piece with white, yellow, red and black on the border of the circle. In the center a blue background, black tree and an image of a bird connected with strings. Hanging near the art piece is a silver bird.

Parks Canada worked with Timiskaming First Nation to update the name and the reasons for national historic significance for Obadjiwan-Fort-Témiscamingue National Historic Site, designated in 1967. The 2019 revised reasons and name include the role of Indigenous peoples in the fur trade and their long history at this place before Europeans arrived.

Learn more about the review process

When a national historic designation has been identified for review, a Parks Canada historian researches the designation to determine whether its reason for designation or plaque text need to be updated. Members of the public knowledgeable about the subject are engaged. This may include the person who requested the review, an implicated community (including First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples), subject-matter experts, and/or local stakeholders or community members. A research report is then presented to the Board for their consideration.

The Board may recommend to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada:

  • new or modified reasons for designation
  • to maintain the existing reasons
  • that there is insufficient historical knowledge or another issue that makes it impossible to provide a recommendation at this time

The Board also provides a recommendation on the form of commemoration for a designation. This includes whether the designation should be commemorated with a plaque or through some other form of commemoration.

Ottawa Lockstation and Chateau Laurier from the Ottawa River.

The Rideau Canal National Historic Site was originally designated in 1925 as an engineering achievement. Following a public request and additional research, the designation and its plaque were expanded in 2014 to include the contributions of different groups of labourers who built the canal.

National historic designations under review

Parks Canada maintains a list of national historic designations that are prioritized for review. This list is updated twice annually. As new public requests come in, the list of designations identified for review is expected to grow. As reviews are completed, a link will be added to show the results of a review. Reviewing older designations is an integral part of the work of the Board.

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Designations under review
Designation name Designation type Province or territory Year of designation Reason(s) for review Status of review
Skoki Ski Lodge National Historic Site National historic site Alberta 1992 Error identified Complete
James Isbister National Historic Person National historic person Saskatchewan 1997 Error identified Complete
Frog Lake National Historic Site National historic site Alberta 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Treaty Nº 7 Signing Site National Historic Site National historic site Alberta 1925 Colonial assumptions Pending
Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site National historic site Alberta 1926 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
In progress
Alberta Field Force National Historic Event National historic event Alberta 1929 Colonial assumptions In progress
Reverend George Millward McDougall National Historic Person National historic person Alberta 1932 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
In progress
Sisters of Providence National Historic Event National historic event Quebec 1988 Colonial assumptions Complete
Sisters of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary National Historic Event National historic event Quebec 1988 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Complete
The Peacemakers National Historic Person National historic person Alberta 1932 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Albert O. M. I. Lacombe National Historic Person National historic person Alberta 1932 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
In progress
Louise McKinney National Historic Person National historic person Alberta 1939 Controversial beliefs and behaviours In progress
Preservation of the Plains Bison National Historic Event National historic event Alberta 1943 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Frank Oliver National Historic Person National historic person Alberta 1947 Controversial beliefs and behaviours;
Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Complete
Anthony Henday National Historic Person National historic person Alberta 1953 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Sheridan Lawrence National Historic Person National historic person Alberta 1954 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
John Rowand National Historic Person National historic person Alberta 1954 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Emily Ferguson 'Janey Canuck' Murphy National Historic Person National historic person Alberta 1958 Controversial beliefs and behaviours In progress
Henrietta Muir Edwards National Historic Person National historic person Alberta 1962 Controversial beliefs and behaviours In progress
Fort Whoop-Up National Historic Site National historic site Alberta 1963 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Rundle's Mission National Historic Site National historic site Alberta 1963 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Indian Battle of 1870 National Historic Event National historic event Alberta 1966 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Mary Irene Parlby National Historic Person National historic person Alberta 1966 Controversial beliefs and behaviours In progress
Crowsnest Pass National Historic Event National historic event Alberta 1971 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
In progress
Alexander (The Younger) Henry National Historic Person National historic person Alberta 1973 Colonial assumptions;
terminology
Pending
Cave and Basin National Historic Site National historic site Alberta 1981 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Bar U Ranch National Historic Site National historic site Alberta 1989 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Notre Dame des Victoires / Lac La Biche Mission National Historic Site National historic site Alberta 1989 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Fort Langley National Historic Site National historic site British Columbia 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Explorations of Sir Alexander MacKenzie National Historic Event National historic event British Columbia 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
In progress
First Crossing of North America National Historic Site National historic site British Columbia 1924 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Exploration of the Strait of Juan de Fuca National Historic Event National historic event British Columbia 1924 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
In progress
Fort Steele National Historic Site National historic site British Columbia 1925 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Sir George Simpson National Historic Person National historic person British Columbia 1927 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Exploration of the Fraser River National Historic Event National historic event British Columbia 1927 Colonial assumptions Pending
Forest Industry in British Columbia National Historic Event National historic event British Columbia 1943 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Fort St. James National Historic Site National historic site British Columbia 1948 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
In progress
Adrien-Gabriel O. M. I. Morice National Historic Person National historic person British Columbia 1948 Colonial assumptions In progress
Creation of the Province of British Columbia National Historic Event National historic event British Columbia 1948 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Emily Carr National Historic Person National historic person British Columbia 1950 Terminology Pending
Fort St. John National Historic Site National historic site British Columbia 1958 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Eagle Pass National Historic Event National historic event British Columbia 1971 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Bishop Modeste Demers National Historic Person National historic person British Columbia 1973 Colonial assumptions In progress
Sir Joseph William Trutch National Historic Person National historic person British Columbia 1975 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Complete
St. Ann's Academy National Historic Site National historic site British Columbia 1989 Colonial assumptions Pending
Helen Gregory MacGill National Historic Person National historic person British Columbia 1998 Controversial beliefs and behaviours In progress
Mary Ellen Spear Smith National Historic Person National historic person British Columbia 2007 Controversial beliefs and behaviours In progress
Battle of Seven Oaks National Historic Site National historic site Manitoba 1920 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
In progress
Fort La Reine National Historic Site National historic site Manitoba 1925 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
In progress
Indian Treaty Nº 1 National Historic Event National historic event Manitoba 1927 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Henry Kelsey National Historic Person National historic person Manitoba 1931 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Norway House National Historic Site National historic site Manitoba 1932 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Roseau Route National Historic Event National historic event Manitoba 1934 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
First Legislature of Manitoba National Historic Event National historic event Manitoba 1943 n/a In progress
Creation of the Province of Manitoba National Historic Event National historic event Manitoba 1948 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Grey Nuns' Convent National Historic Site National historic site Manitoba 1958 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Alexander Morris National Historic Person National historic person Manitoba 1971 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Cuthbert Grant National Historic Person National historic person Manitoba 1972 Terminology In progress
James Shaver Woodsworth National Historic Person National historic person Manitoba 1972 Colonial assumptions In progress
The Forks National Historic Site National historic site Manitoba 1974 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
In progress
Matonabbee National Historic Person National historic person Manitoba 1981 Terminology In progress
Ernest Thompson Seton National Historic Person National historic person Manitoba 1995 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Complete
The Red River Expedition of 1870 National Historic Event National historic event Manitoba 2017 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
In progress
Fort Beauséjour – Fort Cumberland National Historic Site National historic site New Brunswick 1920 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Yorkshire Immigration National Historic Event National historic event New Brunswick 1925 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Major Gilfred Studholme National Historic Person National historic person New Brunswick 1927 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
In progress
Denys Fort / Habitation National Historic Site National historic site New Brunswick 1952 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Fort Howe National Historic Site National historic site New Brunswick 1966 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
In progress
Ste. Croix Island National Historic Event National historic event New Brunswick 1968 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Indian Treaty of 1778 National Historic Event National historic event New Brunswick 1971 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Gabriel 'Gabe' Acquin National Historic Person National historic person New Brunswick 1999 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
William Epps Cormack National Historic Person National historic person Newfoundland and Labrador 1953 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
L'Anse Amour National Historic Site National historic site Newfoundland and Labrador 1978 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Complete
Discovery of the Mackenzie River National Historic Event National historic event Northwest Territories 1969 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Church of Our Lady of Good Hope National Historic Site National historic site Northwest Territories 1977 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Canadian Sovereignty in the Arctic Archipelago National Historic Event National historic event Northwest Territories 1981 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Hay River Mission Sites National Historic Site National historic site Northwest Territories 1992 Colonial assumptions In progress
Fort Edward National Historic Site National historic site Nova Scotia 1920 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Attack at Grand-Pré National Historic Event National historic event Nova Scotia 1924 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
D'Anville's Encampment National Historic Site National historic site Nova Scotia 1925 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Canso Islands National Historic Site National historic site Nova Scotia 1925 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
In progress
Bloody Creek National Historic Site National historic site Nova Scotia 1930 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
In progress
Iroquois at Annapolis Royal National Historic Event National historic event Nova Scotia 1932 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site National historic site Nova Scotia 1935 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Naval Encounter National Historic Event National historic event Nova Scotia 1938 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Isgonish-French River Portage National Historic Event National historic event Nova Scotia 1939 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Edward Cornwallis National Historic Person National historic person Nova Scotia 1974 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Person National historic person Nova Scotia 1977 Controversial beliefs and behaviours In progress
Membertou (Anli-Maopeltoog) National Historic Person National historic person Nova Scotia 1981 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, Halifax National Historic Event National historic event Nova Scotia 2008 Colonial assumptions Complete
Rose Fortune National Historic Person National historic person Nova Scotia 2017 n/a Complete
Discovery of the Coppermine River National Historic Event National historic event Nunavut 1956 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Sir Martin Frobisher National Historic Person National historic person Nunavut 1957 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Battle of Crysler's Farm National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1920 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
In progress
Saint-Louis Mission National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1920 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Fort Malden National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1921 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Battle of Beaver Dams National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1921 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
In progress
Southwold Earthworks National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Nancy (vessel) National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Capture of Detroit National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Fort William National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Port Talbot National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Waterloo Pioneers National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1924 Colonial assumptions Pending
Battle Hill National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1924 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Defence of York National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1924 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
In progress
Kaministikwia and Pigeon River Routes National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1925 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Mattawa Route National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1926 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Action at Butler's Farm National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1926 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Normandale Furnace National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1927 n/a Pending
Niagara Land Purchases National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1928 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Carrying Place of the Bay of Quinte National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1929 Colonial assumptions Pending
Crawford Purchase National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1929 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Samuel de Champlain National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1929 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Butler's Rangers National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1930 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Six Nations National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1930 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Tecumseh National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1931 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Mckee's Purchase National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1931 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Early Land Survey in Ontario National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1932 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Surrender of Indian Lands National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1932 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Reverend Adolphus Egerton Ryerson National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1934 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Complete
Sir Samuel Benfield Steele National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1938 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Sir John A. Macdonald National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1939 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Indian Treaty Nº 3 National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1943 Colonial assumptions Pending
William McDougall National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1943 Colonial assumptions Pending
Nipigon River Forts National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1944 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
In progress
Fairfield on the Thames National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1945 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
E. Pauline Johnson National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1945 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Duncan Campbell Scott National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1948 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Complete
Nicolas Perrot National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1952 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Wyandot (Hurons) National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1953 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Engagement at the Forty National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1954 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Sheguiandah National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1954 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Nellie Mooney McClung National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1954 Controversial beliefs and behaviours In progress
Queenston Heights National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1968 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
In progress
Fort William National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1968 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1969 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
In progress
Toronto Carrying Place National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1969 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Diamond Jenness National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1973 Colonial assumptions Pending
Goldwin Smith National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1975 Controversial beliefs and behaviours Pending
Parliament Buildings National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1976 Absence Pending
Her Majesty's / St. Paul's Chapel of the Mohawks National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1981 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
In progress
Peterborough Petroglyphs National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1981 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
In progress
Étienne Brûlé National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1984 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Sisters of Charity of Ottawa National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1988 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Complete
Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1988 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Complete
First Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1990 Colonial assumptions In progress
Algonquin Provincial Park National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1992 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Dr. Helen MacMurchy National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1997 Controversial beliefs and behaviours In progress
Thomas Fuller National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 2016 Colonial assumptions Pending
Discovery of Prince Edward Island National Historic Event National historic event Prince Edward Island 1924 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
David Laird National Historic Person National historic person Prince Edward Island 1950 Colonial assumptions In progress
Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Site National historic site Quebec 1920 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Hochelaga National Historic Site National historic site Quebec 1920 Colonial assumptions Pending
Fort Trois-Rivières National Historic Site National historic site Quebec 1920 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Fort Laprairie National Historic Site National historic site Quebec 1921 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Complete
Second Battle of Laprairie National Historic Site National historic site Quebec 1921 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
In progress
Battle of Lacolle National Historic Site National historic site Quebec 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Tadoussac National Historic Event National historic event Quebec 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Lachine Massacre National Historic Event National historic event Quebec 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Fort Richelieu National Historic Site National historic site Quebec 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Complete
Arrival of Jacques Cartier at Gaspé National Historic Event National historic event Quebec 1924 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Battle of the Lake of Two Mountains National Historic Site National historic site Quebec 1925 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Chaudière Portages National Historic Event National historic event Quebec 1927 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
In progress
Jacques Marquette National Historic Person National historic person Quebec 1937 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Sir Hector-Louis Langevin National Historic Person National historic person Quebec 1938 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Complete
Alexandre-Antonin Taché National Historic Person National historic person Quebec 1943 Colonial assumptions In progress
Louis Jolliet National Historic Person National historic person Quebec 1944 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Sir William Osler National Historic Person National historic person Quebec 1950 Controversial beliefs and behaviours Pending
Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site National historic site Quebec 1958 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Montmorency Park National Historic Site National historic site Quebec 1966 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Complete
Obadjiwan–Fort Témiscamingue National Historic Site National historic site Quebec 1967 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Fur Trade National Historic Event National historic event Quebec 1968 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Sir Adams George Archibald National Historic Person National historic person Nova Scotia 1938 n/a In progress
Sir Frederick Haldimand National Historic Person National historic person Quebec 1974 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Jean Talon National Historic Person National historic person Quebec 1974 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Donnacona National Historic Person National historic person Quebec 1981 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Tessouat and le Borgne National Historic Person National historic person Quebec 1983 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
In progress
Siege of Quebec in 1775 National Historic Event National historic event Quebec 1984 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Congrégation de Notre-Dame National Historic Event National historic event Quebec 1988 Colonial assumptions In progress
Grey Nuns of Montréal National Historic Event National historic event Quebec 1988 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Complete
Sisters of Ste. Anne National Historic Event National historic event Quebec 1988 Colonial assumptions Complete
Jesuit Fathers National Historic Event National historic event Quebec 1988 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Complete
Treaty of Montréal in 1701 National Historic Event National historic event Quebec 2001 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Carrie Matilda Derick National Historic Person National historic person Quebec 2007 Controversial beliefs and behaviours In progress
Jacques Cartier National Historic Person National historic person Quebec 2011 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Fort Livingstone National Historic Site National historic site Saskatchewan 1923 Colonial assumptions In progress
Batoche National Historic Site National historic site Saskatchewan 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
In progress
Battle of Cut Knife Hill National Historic Site National historic site Saskatchewan 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
In progress
Battle of Duck Lake National Historic Site National historic site Saskatchewan 1924 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
In progress
Cumberland House National Historic Site National historic site Saskatchewan 1924 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
In progress
Fort Walsh National Historic Site National historic site Saskatchewan 1924 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
In progress
Indian Treaty Nº 6 National Historic Event National historic event Saskatchewan 1927 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Frenchman Butte National Historic Site National historic site Saskatchewan 1929 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Nicholas Flood Davin National Historic Person National historic person Saskatchewan 1947 Colonial assumptions Complete
Steele Narrows National Historic Site National historic site Saskatchewan 1950 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
In progress
Fort Qu'Appelle National Historic Site National historic site Saskatchewan 1953 Colonial assumptions Pending
Fort Pitt National Historic Site National historic site Saskatchewan 1954 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Île-à-la-Crosse National Historic Site National historic site Saskatchewan 1954 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
James Morrow Walsh National Historic Person National historic person Saskatchewan 1967 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
In progress
Holy Trinity Church National Historic Site National historic site Saskatchewan 1970 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Creation of the Northwest Mounted Police National Historic Event National historic event Saskatchewan 1972 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Edgar Dewdney National Historic Person National historic person Saskatchewan 1975 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Complete
Carlton House National Historic Site National historic site Saskatchewan 1976 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Piapot National Historic Person National historic person Saskatchewan 1981 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Archibald (Grey Owl) Belaney National Historic Person National historic person Saskatchewan 1993 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Thomas Clement “Tommy” Douglas National Historic Person National historic person Saskatchewan 2016 Controversial beliefs and behaviours In progress
Yukon Gold Discovery National Historic Event National historic event Yukon Territory 1926 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Herschel Island National Historic Event National historic event Yukon Territory 1972 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Whaling Industry in Western Arctic National Historic Event National historic event Yukon Territory 1972 Colonial assumptions In progress
St. Paul's Anglican Church National Historic Site National historic site Yukon Territory 1989 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Fort Erie National Historic Site of Canada National Historic Site Ontario 1931 New research;
Colonial assumptions
In progress
Thayendanega (Joseph Brant) National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1972 New research Pending
Capture of Tigress and Scorpion National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1927 New research;
Colonial assumptions
In progress
Salem Chapel, British Methodist Episcopal Church National Historic Site of Canada National historic site Ontario 2000 New research In progress
Fort Mississauga National Historic Site of Canada National historic site Ontario 1960 New research Pending
Wallace Rupert Turnbull National Historic Person National historic person New Brunswick 1960 New research Pending
Hartland Covered Bridge National Historic Site of Canada National historic site New Brunswick 1977 n/a In progress
Thomas Simpson National Historic Person National historic person Manitoba 1937 New research Pending
Loyalists at Shelburn National Histoirc Event National historic event Nova Scotia 1923 Absence Pending
Melanson Settlement National Historic Site of Canada National historic site Nova Scotia 1987 Terminology In progress
St. Laurent Class of Canadian Warship National Historic Event National historic event Nova Scotia 1998 New research in progress
Sir Adams Archibald National Historic Person National historic person Nova Scotia 1938 Colonial Assumptions;
Absence
in progress
Begbie Hall National Historic Site of Canada National historic site British Columbia 1998 Colonial Assumptions Pending
Gastown National Historic Site of Canada National historic site British Columbia 2009 Colonial Assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Vancouver's Chinatown National Historic Site of Canada National historic site British Columbia 2011 New research Pending
Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic Site of Canada National historic site Saskatchewan 2000 n/a Pending
Yellowhead Pass National Historic Site of Canada National historic site Alberta 1971 Colonial Assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Fort Chipewyan National Historic Site of Canada National historic site Alberta 1930 n/a Pending
Ipirvik and Taqulittuq (Ebierbing et Tookoolito) National Historic Persons National historic person Nunavut 1981 Absence;
New research
Pending

Review of designations related to residential schools

Designated persons, events, and sites are being reviewed for their connection to the history and legacy of the residential school system. This review examines why these topics were initially designated and expands Canadians’ knowledge of Indigenous histories as directed in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action 79.

The following designations have been reviewed by the Board for their connection to the history and legacy of Indian Residential Schools:

Review of events related to residential schools

National historic events reviewed in relation to the legacy of the residential school system.

Review of persons related to residential schools

National historic persons reviewed relating to residential schools and Indigenous policy.

As reviews are completed, these pages will be updated to include the results.


Request a review

To request a review of a designation, members of the public can contact Parks Canada's Secretariat for the Historic Sites and Monuments Board at clmhc-hsmbc@pc.gc.ca. Please identify which designation or plaque is of interest to you and provide a brief description of your concerns. While Parks Canada's goal is to complete this work as quickly as possible, these reviews are undertaken as time and resources permit.

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