Heritage interpretation is any communication process designed to reveal meanings and relationships of cultural and natural heritage to the public, through first-hand involvement with an object, artifact, landscape or site (Interpretation Canada, 1976)
While no single definition can capture the vibrant Canadian community of practice, one of the earlier definitions in the field globally emerged here during our association’s electric early days and is still used today: above.
Every day, thousands of us share the stories of our land and its people.
We create learning experiences and feelings of connection and stewardship through presentations, hands-on activities, and many other techniques.
We enrich the experience of visitors to museums, historic sites, parks, farms, nature centres, first nations cultural sites, zoos, aquaria, botanical gardens, and a host of other heritage sites and wilderness locations.
We may be called guides, naturalists, communicators, educators, writers, planners, designers, managers—titles as diverse as the jobs we do—but our profession is interpretation.