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Heritage Day

Celebrate Heritage Day! February 19, 2019

Celebrate Heritage Day with the theme “Heritage: The Tie that Binds” Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm at Ottawa City Hall.

City of Ottawa Archives / CA001552
City of Ottawa Archives / CA001552
Heritage Day is part of Heritage Week, a nation-wide celebration that encourages all Canadians to explore their local heritage, to get involved with stewardship and advocacy groups, and to visit museums, archives, and places of significance.

In celebration of our past and future, this year’s  theme “Heritage: The Tie that Binds” has the power to bring Canadians together and create a sense of belonging. 

Heritage Day is a time to reflect on the achievements of past generations and to accept responsibility for protecting our heritage.

This year, Mayor Jim Watson will recognize the importance of this theme by offering the proclamation to The Workers’ History Museum who works resolutely to preserve, interpret, present and promote Ottawa workers’ shared history, heritage and culture; and to connect this important community.

Heritage Day is a chance to recognize the contributions of the many dedicated staff and volunteers promoting heritage conservation and educating the public about our city’s history. Gathering places like museums, and cultural objects such as artifacts and memorabilia are tangible touchstones with the past that can root us in place and nourish the spirit; and intangible heritage – such as traditions, storytelling and more – is at the heart of family and community.

Join the Museums and Heritage Programs Branch in partnership with the Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa at Ottawa City Hall and browse informational displays and mingle with over 40 exhibitors at the 2019 Heritage Showcase.

Find out how heritage is being celebrated in your community; and learn about services offered by local heritage organizations, public programs and special initiatives, as well as professional development and volunteer opportunities.

Embrace, explore and enjoy Your heritage places and experiences in Canada’s Capital during Heritage Week February 18-24, 2019 and throughout the year!

Celebrate the richness of our past and the promise of our future.

Event: Heritage Day 2019
Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Jean Pigott Place, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West

Workers' History Museum

The Workers’ History Museum (WHM) is a not-for-profit corporation based in the National Capital Region. Founded in January 2011, the museum is dedicated to the development and preservation of workers’ history and heritage in the National Capital Region and Ottawa Valley. Their goal is to present, promote, interpret, and preserve workers’ history, heritage, and culture. The Workers’ History Museum:

  • Presents and promotes workers’ history, heritage, and culture.
  • Collects and preserves materials documenting contemporary labour issues in the City of Ottawa for the benefit of future generations.
  • Develops exhibits on workers’ history.
  • Promotes and hosts events related to workers’ history.
  • Conducts walking tours on labour and workers’ history in the City of Ottawa.
  • Develops oral history projects and documentaries and provide training workshops to institutions and community groups
  • Provides speakers on local history.
  • Develops educational programming and materials for schools, labour bodies, and community groups.

Heritage Week - February 18 to 24, 2019

Join us this coming winter in celebrating Heritage Week and its theme:  Heritage: The Tie that Binds. 

Our shared heritage in all its forms has the power to bring people together and create a sense of belonging. Gathering places like faith buildings, town squares, and pow wow grounds, and cultural objects such as artifacts, regalia and family memorabilia are tangible touchstones with 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 – whether young or old, deeply rooted or new to Canada – to visit museums, historic sites and cultural centres, and connect with traditional knowledge keepers, educators, parents and grandparents to experience Heritage: The Tie that Binds.