This presentation will provide a brief synthesis of existing oil heritage initiatives in Alberta and focus on the role of oil heritage in discussions on energy transitions while addressing the complexity of oil heritage in a polarized political environment. It will argue for the importance of energy (hi)stories and a broader view on energy heritage, which embeds oil heritage into the larger historical context of energy transitions, connects discussions on oil heritage to processes of deindustrialization and proposes participatory approaches to oil heritage, turning citizens into curators of Alberta’s energy heritage.
Understand the history of oil industry in Alberta.
Describe the existing oil heritage initiatives in Alberta in the context of the current, polarized discussions on oil.
Gain a better understanding of the importance of energy (hi)stories within larger historical context.
Analyze the role of citizens in curating energy heritage.