In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary and Interpretation Canada’s 40th year, heritage interpreters from across Canada are invited to our national conference at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta.
Inspired by both our location and the anniversaries of both Canada and IC, our theme of “Interpretation: Evolving for the Future” will celebrate how interpretation has adapted over the years, showcase new and innovative ideas, and address current challenges in our profession. Help us dig up and learn from the past, and adapt for the future!
Monday, September 11th
Our host site, the Royal Tyrrell Museum, will be offering an afternoon of pre-conference activities. All activities are included with conference registration.
As a Canadian leader, the Royal Tyrrell Museum Distance Learning Program has been reaching audiences for over a decade, teaching the science of palaeontology, dinosaurs and the ancient history of Alberta. The award-winning programs are all designed to reach enthusiastic learners of all ages, all around the globe. From Calgary to Qatar, Australia to Alaska, video conference software technology has enabled the Royal Tyrrell Museum to connect with school students from kindergarten to university levels, home schoolers, library guests, fair attendees and even correctional facility residents.
Tuesday, September 12th
8:30 - Welcome
What determined the fate of the dinosaurs, and the myriad other species now extinct for all time? And what determines the fate of living species, including humanity itself? These themes are appealing for public communication, since they are clearly meaningful, and meaningfulness has been the cornerstone of interpretation since the days of Freeman Tilden. But what have we learned about communication, learning, meaning, and motivation in the intervening decades? Here, John Acorn shares his own attempt to integrate recent findings in cognitive science with the ongoing development of interpretation and science communication in a contemporary context.
John is perhaps best known as the writer and host of the television series Acorn, The Nature Nut, a family-oriented, how-to-be-a-naturalist show. These days, John teaches at the University of Alberta. He is the recipient of NSERC’s Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion, the University of Alberta’s Distinguished Alumni Award, two “Rosies” (as Best Host, in the Alberta Motion Picture Industry Awards), and two nominations for Canada’s national television award, the Gemini. The Royal Society of Canada, the Entomological Foundation, and the Canadian Society of Zoologists have all recognized his contributions to public education.
Wednesday, September 13th
Dine-Around in Drumheller
Thursday, September 14th
Sandra Corbeil is a self-described “science nerd. She uses her 20+ years of working in science centres and museums to contribute to exciting new directions and approaches for three national museums – the Canada Science and Technology Museum, the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum.
Click here for complete list of presenters
2pm - Panel Presentation on Indigenous Interpretation
Confirmed presenters include:
Blair First Rider, Aboriginal Consultation Adviser, Alberta Culture and Tourism.
Quinton Crowshoe, Site Marketing and Special Events, Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site
Desmund Mentuck, Cultural Interpreter, Riding Mountain National Park
Jesse Francis, Manager, Strategic Initiatives, Mi'kmaq Confederacy of PEI
This panel discussion will explore ideas on improving how indigenous stories and cultures are shared in programs, exhibits, and other interpretive products. We have invited a number of speakers who advise and/or present indigenous stories at interpretive sites. Some of the questions we will discuss in the session include:
1. What are best practices for indigenous interpretation in an institutional or bureaucratic context?
2. What are appropriate ways to create indigenous experiences for non-indigenous participants?
3. Who should have the authority to share indigenous stories?
4. What, if anything, is different about indigenous interpretation, as compared to interpretation of other cultures?
5. How can you represent different indigenous cultures/languages equitably, at sites with multiple cultures?
6. What are best practices in engaging indigenous communities for creating content for interpretive programs and exhibits?
7. Can interpretation and storytelling contribute to reconciliation?
5:30 pm - Banquet, Auction and Awards of Excellence
Bring an auction item to donate. Dress code is casual, but feel free to wear your finest frock if you're feeling fancy!
*metaphorically speaking. We don't actually have a red carpet. But feel free to lend us one if you do.
Post-Conference Field Trip
Early Bird Registration (April 1st - June 30th)
$400 + GST for members $465 + GST for non-members (includes 1 year membership)
Registration after June 30th
$450 + GST for members $515 + GST for non-members (includes 1 year membership)
Optional Field Trip to Dinosaur Provincial Park
$90 + GST
Our partner hotel is the Quality Hotel located in Drumheller. Rates start at $109 / night.
To book a room, call the hotel: 403.856.4444 Deadline to receive conference rate is Monday, August 21st.
Bookings must be made by phone. Let them know you are attending the 2017 Interpretation Canada Conference.
How To Get There
Click here for travel information. A shuttle from the Quality Hotel to the Royal Tyrrell Museum will be available for conference participants.