2022 National Conference 

Making People Care Since...Forever

Halifax, NS
October 3-7, 2022 

It’s difficult (if not impossible) to separate the human experience from storytelling. We have a fundamental need to connect with each other and ourselves through the sharing of stories. They are the tool we use to make sense of our lives, experiences, events in history and the world around us. Stories, like interpretation itself, help us make meaning of the world.

Along with our presenting partner, the Association of Nova Scotia Museums, Interpretation Canada’s 2022 National Conference in Halifax will explore the connection between interpretation and storytelling.

Keynote Speaker: 
Lawrence Hill 

Photo Credit: Beatrice Freedman

LAWRENCE HILL is the internationally bestselling author of eleven books of fiction and nonfiction, including (most recently) Beatrice and Croc Harry, The Book of Negroes (which was made into a six-part TV mini-series) and The Illegal, both of which won CBC Canada Reads. His previous novels, Some Great Thing and Any Known Blood, also became national bestsellers. Hill’s nonfiction work includes Blood: The Stuff of Life (the subject of his 2013 Massey Lectures), and the memoir Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada.

Hill is a professor of creative writing at the University of Guelph. His volunteer work has included Crossroads International, the Black Loyalist Heritage Society, Book Clubs for Inmates, The Ontario Black History Society, and Walls to Bridges – a non-profit group offering university courses to incarcerated Canadians.

Hill is writing screenplays for a TV miniseries in development, and a novel about the African-American soldiers who help build the Alaska Highway in northern British Columbia and Yukon during World War Two. He is a member of the Order of Canada, and a winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.

This keynote session is generously supported by Parks Canada Agency.

Thank you to our conference supporters: 

Conference Sessions

Pre-Conference sessions Concurrent Session (Tue & Thur) Site Visits (Wed) Post-Conference Field Trip

Call for Proposals for Rapid Fire Sessions

Do you want to showcase your work in an inspiring, provocative, and energizing 6-minute showcase? 

The call for proposals closes on August 15. 

Submit Your Idea

Planning your trip?

Check out our Discover Halifax page for travel and accommodation information. We've secured a special rate at the conference hotel ($189 plus taxes) and breakfast is included in your room rate. Conference attendees are eligible for WestJet flight discounts; information will be provided in your registration confirmation.

Please note: transportation between the conference hotel and session locations is not provided. All locations are within walking distance. 


Register Here

Registration fees are per person, and include lunches on Tues, Weds, Thurs and evening receptions on Mon, Tues, Thurs. They also include Wednesday site visits. They do not include the pre-conference workshops, the post-conference site visit, additional 'add-ons' (such as the Annapolis Valley site visit), or supper on Wednesday.

Early-bird rate: Save $50 if you register by August 15!

Member rate: Save $26 by becoming a member before you register. Membership is $24/year.

Member registration: $525 ($475 before August 15)

Non-Member registation: $575, includes 1 year IC Membership ($525 before August 15)

Registration closes September 14. 


We are planning to hold the 2022 conference in-person, not online. We are not planning a hybrid model. 

The schedule is still in development, however the rough outline is:

  • Sunday and Monday: Optional pre-conference workshops (additional cost)
  • Monday: Keynote Speaker at noon, Afternoon Tours, Conference Opening reception
  • Tuesday: Concurrent sessions*
  • Wednesday: Off-site case study visits (included in registration)
  • Thursday: Concurrent sessions*
  • Friday Oct 7: Optional Post-conference Site Visit (additional cost)
  • *Note that concurrent sessions on Tues/Thurs will be held in Fortress 'casemates' at the Halifax Citadel, and there may be occasional sounds of rifle or cannon fire outdoors.


Our conference is organized and run entirely by volunteers! If you would like to get involved with planning and putting together future conferences or assisting Interpretation Canada in other ways, please contact us

2023 National Conference

Our 2023 National Conference will be online. Watch for our call for proposals early that year. 

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