After almost 15 years of shining the light on Canada’s Top Ten Endangered Places, we’ve collected our lessons learned into an Endangered Places Tool Kit to help you understand the issues and give you the tools you need to make a difference.
Canada’s communities are made up of historic places that define our national identity and give shape and texture to our urban and rural neighbourhoods. Their social, historic, and environmental value goes well beyond the economic value they hold for their current owners.
From the humblest to the grandest, historic buildings tell the story of Canada better than any textbook, and represent our country in all its beauty and diversity. But historic places perform other vital roles.
Canadian property and civil rights—including heritage protection—come under the exclusive jurisdiction of provincial-territorial governments. Legal protection of individual properties of heritage value (and sometimes districts) resides with these governments and their municipalities.
The threats facing historic places can be highly complex, so there is no fail-proof method to play the role of heritage advocate. But here are some of the approaches that often characterize successful campaigns to save a place.
Before you speak out on an advocacy issue, be very clear on the nature of the changes proposed for the historic place.
The following tips will help guide you through shining a spotlight on your endangered place using free tactics.