Heritage Resources Management Plan

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Preserving Heritage in Wood Buffalo: Creating a plan to identify, evaluate, and manage what's important to you.

Residents of Wood Buffalo are invited to join the process of developing a sustainable plan to showcase and safeguard heritage resources in the region. Learn more about the Heritage Resources Management Plan below before you complete a short survey, join a virtual discussion, or get in touch to schedule a one-on-one.


Where We Are Now

Developing a successful Heritage Resources Management Plan requires the involvement of the community. There are many ways you can get involved throughout the process. Phase One engagement took place from November 8, 2021 to March 31, 2022. Information was gathered through online surveys, virtual group discussions, and one-on-one sessions. The findings from this phase of engagement can be found by reading the What We Heard Report.


Join us for Phase 2 of the HRMP

We are now in phase 2 of engagement as we explore heritage values, vision, and places of interest in the region. Watch for Community Coffee Chats to participate this summer!

Heritage Day: If you were in charge of a time capsule representing heritage in Wood Buffalo, what would you add? Join us at Heritage Village on Monday, August 1, to play the Places of Interest Heritage Activity, and help the Municipality create our first-ever Heritage Resources Management Plan!

2022 Elders Heritage Connection: Elders are invited to join Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo for a special engagement exploring local heritage! Tour Heritage Village, share stories of the land and region, and help shape what’s important for the next seven generations. Share your thoughts on preserving heritage for everyone in a good way through the Municipality’s first-ever Heritage Resources Management Plan. Though reserving your space isn’t mandatory, you can save your spot by contacting Georgina at 780-743-8555 or reception@nistawoyouafc.com.


What is a Heritage Resources Management Plan (HRMP)?

Heritage resources management planning is a process designed to preserve and protect local historical resources. The purpose of the HRMP is to provide a useful and proactive framework to encourage and facilitate heritage conservation activities in Wood Buffalo and to guide future initiatives for the identification, stewardship, and management of heritage resources. Here is how the three-phase process will work to develop Wood Buffalo's management plan:

Phase One: Identify what resources are here
Phase Two: Evaluate what is important and why
Phase Three: Manage discoveries by deciding what we do with findings


Stay informed on the progress of this project by registering for updates!


Please Note: All identified Indigenous partners and stakeholder groups will be contacted with engagement opportunities. If you haven’t received the invitation for your group to participate yet but would like to confirm your interest, please contact us at participate@rmwb.ca or contact Pulse at 780-743-7000.



Did you know? The Wood Buffalo waterways have traditionally been a vital means for transportation and connection to Indigenous peoples of the region. Photo courtesy of the Katherine Richardson Collection, Fort McMurray Heritage Society.



Helpful Definitions

Historic Resource means any work of nature or humans that is primarily of value for its palaeontological, archaeological, prehistoric, historic, cultural, natural, scientific, or esthetic interest including, but not limited to, a palaeontological, archaeological, prehistoric, historic or natural site, structure or object.

Historic Site means any site that includes or consists of an historical resource of an immovable nature or that cannot be disassociated from its context without destroying some or all its value as an historical resource and includes a prehistoric, historic, or natural site or structure.

Cultural Landscape is defined as any geographical area that has been modified, influenced, or given special cultural meaning by people, and that has been formally recognized for its heritage value. Cultural landscapes are often dynamic, living entities that continually change because of natural and human-influenced social, economic, and cultural processes.


Do you have questions about this project? Contact us today by asking your question here.

Preserving Heritage in Wood Buffalo: Creating a plan to identify, evaluate, and manage what's important to you.

Residents of Wood Buffalo are invited to join the process of developing a sustainable plan to showcase and safeguard heritage resources in the region. Learn more about the Heritage Resources Management Plan below before you complete a short survey, join a virtual discussion, or get in touch to schedule a one-on-one.


Where We Are Now

Developing a successful Heritage Resources Management Plan requires the involvement of the community. There are many ways you can get involved throughout the process. Phase One engagement took place from November 8, 2021 to March 31, 2022. Information was gathered through online surveys, virtual group discussions, and one-on-one sessions. The findings from this phase of engagement can be found by reading the What We Heard Report.


Join us for Phase 2 of the HRMP

We are now in phase 2 of engagement as we explore heritage values, vision, and places of interest in the region. Watch for Community Coffee Chats to participate this summer!

Heritage Day: If you were in charge of a time capsule representing heritage in Wood Buffalo, what would you add? Join us at Heritage Village on Monday, August 1, to play the Places of Interest Heritage Activity, and help the Municipality create our first-ever Heritage Resources Management Plan!

2022 Elders Heritage Connection: Elders are invited to join Nistawoyou Association Friendship Centre and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo for a special engagement exploring local heritage! Tour Heritage Village, share stories of the land and region, and help shape what’s important for the next seven generations. Share your thoughts on preserving heritage for everyone in a good way through the Municipality’s first-ever Heritage Resources Management Plan. Though reserving your space isn’t mandatory, you can save your spot by contacting Georgina at 780-743-8555 or reception@nistawoyouafc.com.


What is a Heritage Resources Management Plan (HRMP)?

Heritage resources management planning is a process designed to preserve and protect local historical resources. The purpose of the HRMP is to provide a useful and proactive framework to encourage and facilitate heritage conservation activities in Wood Buffalo and to guide future initiatives for the identification, stewardship, and management of heritage resources. Here is how the three-phase process will work to develop Wood Buffalo's management plan:

Phase One: Identify what resources are here
Phase Two: Evaluate what is important and why
Phase Three: Manage discoveries by deciding what we do with findings


Stay informed on the progress of this project by registering for updates!


Please Note: All identified Indigenous partners and stakeholder groups will be contacted with engagement opportunities. If you haven’t received the invitation for your group to participate yet but would like to confirm your interest, please contact us at participate@rmwb.ca or contact Pulse at 780-743-7000.



Did you know? The Wood Buffalo waterways have traditionally been a vital means for transportation and connection to Indigenous peoples of the region. Photo courtesy of the Katherine Richardson Collection, Fort McMurray Heritage Society.



Helpful Definitions

Historic Resource means any work of nature or humans that is primarily of value for its palaeontological, archaeological, prehistoric, historic, cultural, natural, scientific, or esthetic interest including, but not limited to, a palaeontological, archaeological, prehistoric, historic or natural site, structure or object.

Historic Site means any site that includes or consists of an historical resource of an immovable nature or that cannot be disassociated from its context without destroying some or all its value as an historical resource and includes a prehistoric, historic, or natural site or structure.

Cultural Landscape is defined as any geographical area that has been modified, influenced, or given special cultural meaning by people, and that has been formally recognized for its heritage value. Cultural landscapes are often dynamic, living entities that continually change because of natural and human-influenced social, economic, and cultural processes.


Do you have questions about this project? Contact us today by asking your question here.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The Municipality is creating a plan to identify, manage, preserve and commemorate heritage in Wood Buffalo. We want to know: What’s important to you? Share your thoughts in this short survey and check out additional opportunities to join the conversation at one of our virtual discussions.

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