Heritage Regina at Cathedral Arts Festival – Sod House

Heritage Regina in partnership with Regina Downtown Business Improvement District and Prairie Sod Farm constructed a one-of-a-kind Sod House at the Cathedral Arts Festival. With the extraordinary help of some strong volunteers and a crafty architect, the 2 sided sod house was constructed in little over 2 hours to represent the craftsmanship and skill of early pioneers. Huge Thank you goes out to John Robinson of Robinson Residential for his vision and ingenuity on this project!


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Regina Public Library Albert Branch – Heritage Building For Sale

Regina Public Library (RPL) will be relocating its Albert Branch Library from its current location at 1401 Robinson Street to the new Mâmawêyatitân Centre in the summer of 2017. The intent of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to seek offers to purchase the current Albert Branch property, including the land and building. The Albert Branch building is a designated heritage building and therefore the purchaser(s) must be prepared to accept the restrictions associated with its heritage designation.

A tour of the building is scheduled for 10:00 on Wednesday, July 14th. The building is quite similar to the Connaught Branch and is a designated Municipal Heritage Property.

For more information, please visit the RPL website at the link below:



Downtown Cultural Trailway honored with Award

We are very honoured and excited to announce that the Downtown Regina Cultural Trailway project has recently won another award! Recipient of the City of Regina Municipal Heritage award for Education in March, 2017 – we’re also excited to announce that we’ve received the Lieutenant Governor’s Heritage award for Education, Heritage events & Publishing.

This project was completed in partnership with Regina Downtown Business Improvement Disrtict, with research support being provided by William Brennan, Margaret Hryniuk, Frank Korvemaker and Jackie Schmidt and a dedicated Regina Downtown research and design team that included Kent Evans, Dana James and Sheila Farnell.

These combined efforts resulted in three guided Trailway tours, the creation of an informative (and stunning) brochure, a mobile friendly audio tour option (available through the izi.TRAVEL app) and website updates to reginadowntown.ca

You are invited to attend the upcoming Heritage Awards, Wednesday June 14th.

RSVP your attendance by noon Tuesday June 13th by email or phone:
– info@heritagesask.ca
– phone 306 780-9191.

For a list of the Award recipients, go to: https://heritagesask.ca/


AWARD INFO: https://heritagesask.ca/event-information/heritage-awards
PROJECT INFO: http://reginadowntown.ca/downtown-regina-cultural-trailway/

cc: Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan

Wanuskewin receives national tourism award

Tourism Saskatoon photo

Tourism Saskatoon photo

Wanuskewin Heritage Park received the National Aboriginal (Indigenous) Cultural Tourism Award, sponsored by the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada. Located outside of Saskatoon, the national historic site has been a gathering place for more than 6,000 years and is the longest continually operating archaeological excavation site in Canada. Read more.

Saskatchewan receives Canada 150 funding

Heritage Canada last week announced the first Saskatchewan recipients of Canada 150 funding. SaskCulture’s multi-partner project, Resilience and Respect: Canada 150 and Beyond, was among the 19 projects announced.

A $400,000 grant will help a new partnership, made up of several Saskatchewan cultural groups, will build new and respectful relationships between Canada’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples through language, literature and arts engagement throughout 2017 and beyond, according to SaskCulture’s website. Resilience and Respect: Canada 150 and Beyond will acknowledge the resilience of Indigenous peoples and celebrate the potential of Indigenous cultures, languages and arts in the province.

Activities taking place as part of Resilience and Respect: Canada 150 and Beyond include:

  • Indigenous artist presentations to schools through LIVE Arts, in partnership with Saskatchewan Arts Board and Saskatchewan Ministry of Education;
  • Design and delivery of Indigenous language workshops for youth in First Nations communities, in partnership with Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre;
  • A Métis culture and language gathering, in partnership with Gabriel Dumont Institute;
  • Expansion of an Indigenous literary festival, in partnership with Saskatchewan Aboriginal Writers Circle Inc.;
  • Creative workshops and community celebration, in partnership with Buffalo People Arts Institute;

And a final cultural gathering to showcase activities and ensure a legacy, organized by SaskCulture.

Read more

Sask students receive awards for heritage videos

Colby Hough of Eston and Ellery Nelson of Regina received awards for their video projects.

Colby Hough of Eston and Ellery Nelson of Regina picked up awards for their video projects.

From Nov. 26-29, twenty-six students from across Canada met in Ottawa for Canada’s History Society’s 3rd Annual Young Citizens Youth Forum. Two winners from each province and territory were selected based on video projects that they completed as part of 2016 Heritage Fairs. Our Saskatchewan winners were Colby Hough of Eston,  and Regina’s Ellery Nelson. View their winning videos here!

Bill for heritage tax credits introduced in parliament

From The Heritage Trust:

Today, a Private Member’s Bill to create tax credits for rehabilitation of historic places was tabled in the House by Peter van Loan (Conservative critic for Canadian Heritage and National Historic Sites). Bill C-323 is designed to limit the destruction of Canada’s heritage buildings, and encourage rehabilitation of properties in the Canadian Register of Historic Places. For more information visit:

This is an idea that has had widespread support from heritage advocates, federal, provincial, territorial and municipal governments, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities over the years. It’s exciting to see it tabled in the House and given first reading. We know that the tax system can  be a powerful tool to stimulate private investment in heritage buildings. In the United States, the introduction of a 20 percent federal tax credit for rehabilitation of heritage buildings 40 years ago revolutionized the way developers think about old buildings and launched a booming and competitive preservation industry.

Canada’s coolest school trip

Students at Batoche National Historic Site. Parks Canada photo, Hogarth Photography 2011.

Students at Batoche National Historic Site. (Parks Canada photo, Hogarth Photography 2011.)

The My Parks Pass program has launched the sixth edition of the Canada’s Coolest School Trip contest. This year’s winning grade eight/secondary two class will visit Parks Canada places in Nova Scotia, including a visit to Canada’s first national historic site, Fort Anne, on a five-day, all-expense-paid trip to celebrate Canada 150 and the 100th anniversary of National Historic Sites in Canada. For more information visit www.myparkspass.ca.

This Place Matters competition launched

ThisPlaceMattersWhat could your community do with $40,000? Take up your tablets, click on your cell phones and head to your computers! The National Trust for Canada is pleased to announce the launch of the 2016 This Place Matters competition. This online, social media-driven competition allows Canadians to vote and donate to save places that matter to them.

Fourteen communities from across the country are participating in this national crowdsourced competition with the chance to win $40,000. In addition to earning votes, participating community groups can use this innovative web platform to raise money for their projects and gain access to training and tools to help them run a successful campaign.  Canadians are invited to visit www.thisplacematters.ca to view the participating projects and vote for the project that resonates with them.

Regina Cultural Trails – Take a downtown tour

culturaltrailiconThis Saturday explore culturally and historically significant landmarks, events, and people in Regina’s Downtown. With the help of Heritage Regina and some of Regina’s most passionate historians, join us for a 1.5-hour walking tour that will highlight the launch of a new tour for the downtown and dig into the fascinating history of the city, province, and country.

Saturday, October 1st at 10:00am and again at 1:00pm Meet guide Jackie Schmidt (Heritage Regina) at the Victoria Park cenotaph and learn about the formative events, historic buildings and the cultural heritage that have shaped the evolution of Downtown Regina.

This activity is part of a larger Cultural Trailways project that was launched by Heritage Regina, Downtown Regina and the Cathedral Village Arts Festival in the spring.

Visit reginacultualtrails.com for a downloadable audio tour version of Saturday’s walk, as well as online tours of the Cathedral Area and North Central.