Heritage Awards

The Alberta Historical Resources Foundation's Heritage Awards are presented to recognize and celebrate the significant contributions of individuals, organizations, corporations, and municipalities to the protection, preservation and promotion of Alberta's heritage.

These awards are presented every two years. Call for nominations will be announced in March 2018.

2016 Award Recipients

Award Categories

Heritage Conservation Award for projects that demonstrate excellence in the conservation of a historic place or excellence in the conservation and interpretation of palaeontological and archaeological resources. Projects completed within the last three years are eligible for nomination.

Heritage Awareness Award for research, publications or public engagement projects that have deepened our understanding of Alberta's heritage and promoted greater awareness of our province's remarkable past. Projects completed within the last three years are eligible for nomination.

Municipal Heritage Preservation Award recognizes a municipal government for exemplary commitment to heritage conservation through the identification, protection and promotion of their historic places.

Outstanding Achievement Award recognizes an individual's exemplary long-term leadership and contribution to the preservation and presentation of Alberta's history. Nominees should have a minimum of 10 years involvement with heritage in the province and have made personal contributions to the field well beyond the responsibilities of any heritage related employment.


Eligible Nominees

Individuals, organizations, corporations, congregations, institutions, municipalities, First Nations and Métis Settlements and others deemed eligible by the Foundation's Board of Directors.

Self-nominations are accepted.

Ineligible Nominees

  • Posthumous awards are not given
  • Nominees who are unaware of or who disapprove of the nomination
  • Alberta Historical Resources Foundation board members and their immediate families
  • Alberta Culture and Tourism staff and its agencies
  • Nominees may be nominated in only one category.

Ineligible Nominators

Alberta Historical Resources Foundation board members and their immediate families.

Nomination Submissions

The nomination package must include the following:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Letter of nomination signed by the nominator
  • Description of why this project, municipality or individual is being nominated
  • Biography/profile of the individual(s), team, or organization involved
  • Press clippings, letters of support, or any other pertinent materials
  • Photographs illustrating project, where applicable

It is the responsibility of the nominator to provide sufficient and specific details and documentation in support of the nominee. Incomplete submissions may be considered ineligible for consideration by the jury. Nomination submissions and supporting materials will be retained by the Foundation.

The personal information provided in the nomination submission about the nominator and the nominee is collected under the authority of section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and is protected by the privacy provisions of that Act. The information will be used for the purpose of administering the Heritage Awards program and selecting and publicizing the achievements of the award recipients.

Selection and Presentation of Awards

Up to two awards may be presented in each category. The Foundation reserves the right not to present any award in any of the categories.

The Foundation will convene a jury to review and evaluate the nominations. The Foundation's Board of Directors will make the final selection.

Submitting Nominations

Submit nominations to:
Heritage Awards
Alberta Historical Resources Foundation
8820 112 Street
Edmonton AB T6G 2P8

For more information, contact the Program Coordinator at 780-431-2305 (toll-free by first dialling 310-0000).

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Last reviewed/revised: June 30, 2017
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