The reasons for designation should be expressed using the words and phrases in the HSMBC minutes and approved plaque texts in a way which remains faithful to the HSMBC's intent.
given at a 1994 conference marking the 75th anniversary of the HSMBC, the then Director General of National Historic Sites Christina Cameron described the "insidious influence" of "what we now call political correctness.
Prince of Wales Fort was one of the earliest national historic sites to be designated in western Canada, being commemorated in 1920, not long after the founding of the HSMBC.
According to an anonymous HSMBC insider, the general feeling at the time was that "the Board had dodged a bullet.
17) HSMBC criteria for designation must include one or more of the following: preservation of structural integrity; that the school be representative of significant changes or developments in educational practice or theory; that the structure be an especially important example of a particular architectural style relevant to Canadian architecture; that the school be associated with notable Canadian educators, prominent ex-students, or innovative teaching methods.
18) HSMBC policy for designating schools can be found at www.
The criteria the HSMBC applies to nominations for designation are that any potential new national historic site in Canada needs either to have had "a nationally significant and enduring impact" on Canadian history or it must clearly "illustrate" such an impact.
It was noted, for example, that while Parks Canada and the HSMBC and the province of Manitoba all have developed thematic or masterplans to help guide identification and evaluation of potential historic sites, this approach is not universal.
Following John Lehr's remarks, there was some discussion of the issue of whether or not the age criteria established for national designations was a significant problem for making the designation program more inclusive, particularly for post World War II immigrant communities, but most of the discussion focused on the suggestion that the deaths at Strathclair be considered for designation by the HSMBC.
Howay, a member of the HSMBC and British Columbia's most prominent historian in the 1920s, proposed Fort Langley as a national historic site.
The early dominance of fur trade sites in HSMBC designations in western Canada meant fur trade sites also initially dominated the sites selected for development as historic parks in the region as well.
in total the HSMBC made 79 designations in these provinces and in the Yukon prior to 1950--of this number 34 or slightly under half of all designations were of fur trade posts, events in the fur trade, or individuals active in the fur trade.