February 17, 2020
February 23, 2020
Why celebrate Heritage Day? Because Canada’s collective story is told through our special places, whether they are historic lighthouses or schools, places of faith, industrial complexes, or cultural landscapes. Our shared heritage in all its forms has the power to bring people together and create a sense of belonging. Gathering places like town squares, and pow wow grounds, and cultural object such as artifacts, regalia and family memorabilia are tangible touchstones within the past that can root us in place and nourish the spirit. Intangible heritage – languages, traditional rituals, music, dance, storytelling and more – is at the heart of family and community.
In celebration of our past and our future, we encourage all Canadians – young and old, deeply rooted or new to Canada – to visit museums, historic sites and heritage destinations, cultural landscapes and cultural centers, and connect with traditional knowledge keepers, educators, parents and grandparents to experience heritage on Heritage Day and beyond.