HERM 327: Heritage Policy in Canada Report a Broken Link

Heritage is central to Canadian cultural policy and is an important aspect of Canadian social, political, and economic life. HERM 327: Heritage Policy in Canada surveys the historical development of federal and provincial arts and heritage policies in Canada and related ideas of national and regional culture. It uses this framework to discuss perceptions of “culture” as social expression and the role of government policy in a diverse society.

Unit 1: How Do We Know Who We Are? The Role of Cultural Policy


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Unit 2: How Canada Invented Heritage


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Unit 3: Heritage for the People? The Role of the Federal State


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Read from "Main Points" to "Conclusion."

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Unit 4: Heritage on the Street—Cities, Towns, and Villages


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Unit 5: Heritage in the Regions—Provinces and Territories


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Unit 6: Sustainable Communities—Natural and Cultural Heritage


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Unit 7: The Museum—Public Forum or Treasure Vault?


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Read the following sections:

  • Introduction (pages 1–2)
  • The Policy Process (page 3)
  • Museum Trends: Operating Budgets (pages 4–5)
  • Museum Trends: Workforce (pages 5–6)
  • Policy Priorities (page 12)
  • Policy Principles (page 14)
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Unit 8: Pages Turning—Aboriginal Heritage Policy


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Unit 9: Digital Technologies—Shaping Knowledge and Access


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Unit 10: Summary—Mapping a Twisted Road


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