Track 5: CANADA 150 – INDIGENOUS HERITAGE, DIVERSITY, and NEW DIRECTIONS / Volet 5: Canada 150 – Patrimoine autochtone, diversité et nouvelles orientations

Communicating Heritage Values in a Watershed of Change The Zibi Heritage Interpretation Plan, Ottawa-Gatineau

Saturday, October 14
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

The Zibi Heritage Interpretation Plan is the first of its kind in Canada.

‘Zibi’ is a large scale, urban redevelopment project uniquely located within unceded Algonquin Traditional Territory, along the Ottawa River, in both the Provinces of Ontario and Quebec, and in the heart of the Nation’s Capital.

The lands have significant heritage value for Indigenous People. Encounters and trade thrived along the portage routes around the Chaudière Falls, where traditional ceremonies are documented to have taken place. With European exploration and their first permanent settlements in 1800, the lands soon became a hub of the forestry industry in North America transitioning later into the pulp and paper industry - a use that continued on the lands until 2007. This uniquely national heritage continuum presents many things to be celebrated and communicated. The massive site’s history tells stories of what Canada represents to so many, and all within view of Parliament Hill.

The riverfront and islands lands are scheduled to be radically transformed from disused 19th and 20th century industrial properties into a modern, mixed-use community. The Zibi redevelopment masterplan proposes little retention of the existing built environment over its long-term build-out.

The Zibi Heritage Interpretation Plan is has been developed to guide the communication of meanings and relationships of the cultural and natural world, past and present. It has been prepared to explain the heritage of the site to generations of Canadians who will visit, live, work, and study at the site. Once realized, the heritage values will be experienced through objects, furnishing, artifacts, landscapes, plazas, buildings and exhibits. The design approach seeks to interpret through the use of a mix of elements that are both subtle and direct.

The Plan devises communication of interpretive messages in six themes, integrating what was previously treated as three very distinct histories and cultures. The themes have been formulated to represent the collective history of the site and the various experiences and cultures that have shaped its form, function and character.

The redevelopment project is being developed, by Windmill Development Group and Dream Unlimited. The Heritage Interpretation Plan has been prepared in response to the requirement of the City of Ottawa’s development approval for Zibi. Though not required for the City
of Gatineau, in an effort to effectively celebrate and communicate the heritage of the lands with a singular cohesive approach, the Plan applies to the entirety of the Windmill/Dream lands collectively known as Zibi.

Learning Objectives:

Lori Anglin

Anglin Associates

Lori Anglin is a cultural heritage management specialist, planner and architectural conservator. She works internationally in varied responsibilities and roles, with competencies in cross-sectoral disciplines, including cultural heritage site management, urban revitalization initiatives and tourism destination strategies for cultural sites.
Over three decades, she has worked in over thirty countries, with a focus on projects in developing economies. Lori has university degrees from Canada and Australia and is a member of CAHP + ICOMOS + the National Trust of Canada. She lives near Wakefield, Quebec.


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Michael Stott

Director of Urban Design
FOTENN Consultants

Michael is an accomplished urban designer and planner with 16+ years of experience gained from Canada, Central Asia, United Kingdom and across the Middle East where he has added value to a diverse range of project types. Michael specializes in working with and leading multi-disciplinary teams on complex sites integrating the public realm, landscape, architecture and infrastructure. Michael holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning (Urban Design) from McGill University and a Bachelor of Urban Studies from Simon Fraser University.


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Tom Urbaniak, PhD

Tom Urbaniak, PhD, is the past chair of the National Trust for Canada’s board of governors. He has championed the Trust’s role as a high-profile, accessible, engaging organization, which links heritage to social justice, sustainability, reconciliation with Indigenous nations, and cultural diversity. He is a political scientist at Cape Breton University and also teaches in CBU's MBA program in Community Economic Development. Tom is the director of CBU’s Tompkins Institute. He is the author of four books, including Action, Accommodation, Accountability: Rules of Order for Canadian Organizations and Her Worship: Hazel McCallion and the Development of Mississauga. He recently co-edited the book Company Houses, Company Towns: Heritage and Conservation, working with authors from across the country. Tom has spearheaded demonstration projects in affordable housing using vacant historic properties, helping to set up a revolving fund and the Affordable Housing Renovation Partnership. Tom serves on the board of the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia. He is active in Nova Scotia's Polish community, and chairs the parish council of St. Mary’s Polish Church in the multicultural community of Whitney Pier, where he resides. He has been working with the community to rebuild the historic church following a devastating fire. Tom has served as a Canadian election observer in Ukraine. He is a past board member for Centre communautaire Etoile de l'Acadie.


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