Ross Keith, Chair of the Board of Governors of the Heritage Canada Foundation, announced that the organization has changed its name to Heritage Canada – The National Trust.
“This name change closes the circle on our 40-year journey as Canada’s National Trust,” said Keith. “It also coincides with our renewed commitment to revitalization and regeneration in communities across Canada, using heritage as a springboard.”
The National Trust movement is made up of organizations around the world that variously own or operate heritage sites, and engage the public in the conservation of special built and natural places.
Heritage Canada – The National Trust is a national registered charity that inspires and leads action to save historic places, landscapes and natural areas, and promotes the care and wise use of our historic environment. Created in 1973, the organization could not legally use the name National Trust at that time. Heritage Canada’s founding board of governors set a course for the organization that was tailored to the Canadian context. Since then, formal agreements have been established with National Trusts worldwide, including reciprocal access for members to visit National Trust properties abroad.
“Since 2006, we’ve been building our profile as Canada’s National Trust in collaboration with our National Council, made up of heritage organizations and trusts across the country,” said Executive Director Natalie Bull. “Thanks to those partnerships, we are building a network of ‘National Trust’ sites right here in Canada, along with a nation-wide constituency of heritage supporters.”
In 2011, the organization welcomed National Trusts from around the globe to Victoria, B.C. when it co-hosted the International National Trust Organization’s bi-annual conference. This year, its 40th anniversary year, the organization successfully obtained the right to use the name National Trust, which was enthusiastically endorsed by its membership.