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The Naming, Renaming, Commemoration, and Removal Handbook is now available for public use.

Calgary, Alberta–(Newsfile Corp. – May 12, 2022) – Heritage Calgary, a civic partner with a mandate to advise Calgary City Council on all matters relating to the city’s heritage, has released its framework for Naming, Renaming, Commemoration, and Removal (NRCR) in Calgary. The handbook will serve as a valuable resource and discussion guide for anyone considering an NRCR project.

“As more Calgarians became involved in NRCR projects, the need for a clear process to make intentional, inclusive, and enduring decisions, became increasingly clear,” says Josh Traptow, Chief Executive Officer of Heritage Calgary. “This project provided a unique opportunity to critically and thoughtfully examine a complex social issue that has broad implications and gain insight into its significance and resulting impact.”

In February 2021, at the request of a member of City Council, Heritage Calgary applied to the Council Innovation Fund with a proposal to develop a framework to address naming, renaming, and commemorations in Calgary. City Council subsequently approved the proposal on March 1, 2021.

Over the next 12 months, Heritage Calgary, in tandem with its project team, undertook parallel community engagement and research processes to develop the NRCR Handbook for Calgary-based organizations to use when they are considering an NRCR project and policy changes. The resulting principles and eight-step process seeks to guide users to understand a project’s relationship to the place on which it is located, engage with the community in a meaningful way, and seek a thorough understanding of the historical and contemporary context through research.

“We approached this project in the spirit of reconciliation,” continues Traptow. “Our hope with NRCR work going forward is to understand the implications for each NRCR project, its context, and its legacy for the betterment of all community members.”

As part of the framework project a Final Report was also released, which outlines the project approach as well as research and engagement findings. It also provides recommendations for Calgary communities, for the City of Calgary in the context of policy, reconciliation, and civic supports, and for Heritage Calgary going forward.

For more information or to view the framework, visit

To view the Naming, Renaming, Commemoration Project Fact Sheet, click here.

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