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Important dates

Heritage Awards are presented every 2 years. The next Heritage Awards will take place in 2020. Application information will be available early 2020.

Overview

Presented by the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation (AHRF), the Heritage Awards recognize individuals, organizations, corporations, and municipalities for significant contributions to the protection, preservation and promotion of Alberta's heritage.

Award categories

Heritage Conservation Award

For projects that demonstrate excellence in the conservation of a Provincial or Municipal Historic Resource; the identification, protection and management of historic places; or the protection and management of palaeontological and archaeological resources.

Note: projects must have been completed within the last three years.

Heritage Awareness Award

For research, publications or public engagement projects that have deepened public understanding and promoted greater awareness of Alberta’s heritage.

Note: projects must have been completed within the last three years.

Outstanding Achievement Award

Recognizes an individual’s exemplary long-term leadership and contribution to the preservation and presentation of Alberta’s history.

Note: nominees should have been involved with heritage in the province for at least 10 years and have made personal contributions to the field well beyond the responsibilities of any heritage related employment.

Indigenous Heritage Award

For projects that demonstrate excellence in identifying, protecting and promoting Alberta’s rich Indigenous heritage through research, publication and/or collaboration or public engagement with Indigenous individuals or communities.

Note: nominations must demonstrate Indigenous community support.

Youth Heritage Award

Recognizes the volunteer contributions of students to the preservation and presentation of Alberta’s heritage. The award is presented to a student or group of students who have made outstanding contributions to the heritage field at any point in the course of their studies between elementary and high school. Their contributions must extend beyond the responsibilities of any paid employment.

Note: projects must have been completed within the last two years.

Past Winners

Heritage Award winners 2016 (PDF, 36 KB)

Heritage Award winners 2014 (PDF, 25 KB)

Eligibility

Eligible nominees

  • individuals residing in Alberta
  • Alberta-based organizations including:
    • non-profit organizations
    • corporations
    • churches
    • schools
    • municipalities
    • First Nations and Métis Settlements
    • others deemed eligible by the Foundation’s Board of Directors

Note: individuals and organizations may nominate themselves.

Ineligible nominees

  • deceased individuals (for posthumous awards)
  • nominees who are unaware of, or who do not want the nomination
  • Alberta Historical Resources Foundation board members and their immediate families
  • staff of Alberta Culture and Tourism and its agencies
  • those already nominated in one other category

Ineligible nominators

  • Alberta Historical Resources Foundation board members and their immediate families

How to nominate

Step 1. Read the guidelines and complete the nomination package

Include the following documents in your nomination package:

  • completed nomination form
  • covering letter signed by the nominator
  • reason for nominating this project/individual/organization
    • explain how the nominee demonstrates excellence in the protection, preservation and promotion of Alberta’s heritage
  • biography/profile of the individual(s) or organization involved
  • press clippings, letters of support or any other pertinent materials
  • photographs illustrating project, where applicable

Please note:

  • It is the responsibility of the nominator to provide sufficient and relevant materials to support the nomination.
  • Incomplete submissions may be considered ineligible for consideration by the review committee.
  • Nomination submissions and supporting materials will be retained by the Foundation.

Step 2. Submit the nomination package

Submit your nomination package by mail, courier or in person to:
Alberta Historical Resources Foundation
Heritage Awards Program
Old St. Stephen’s College Building
8820 - 112 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T6G 2P8

After you submit a nomination

  • The heritage awards review committee of the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation will evaluate all nominations.
  • The foundation's board of directors will make the final decision.
  • Up to two awards may be presented in each category. The foundation reserves the right not to present an award in any category.
  • Award recipients will be notified in September. Awards will be presented on October 12, 2018 during the awards ceremony.

Contact

To connect with the Heritage Awards Program Coordinator:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-431-2305
Toll free: 310-0000 followed by the number (in Alberta)
Email: carina.naranjilla@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Alberta Historical Resources Foundation
Heritage Awards Program
Old St. Stephen’s College Building
8820 112 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T6G 2P8