6.2 Commemorative Integrity
The Parks Canada Agency Act states that it is in the nation’s interest to ensure the commemorative integrity of national historic sites. It is Parks Canada’s policy to “ensure the commemorative integrity of national historic sites administered by Parks Canada by protecting and presenting them for the benefit, education, and enjoyment of this and future generations, in a manner that respects the significant and irreplaceable legacy represented by these places and their associated resources.”
Commemorative integrity reflects the health or wholeness of a site, ensuring that its protection and presentation respect the reasons it became a national historic site. A site possesses commemorative integrity when:
- the resources directly related to the reasons for designation as a national historic site are not impaired or under threat,
- the reasons for designation as a national historic site are effectively communicated to the public, and
- the site’s heritage values (including those not related to the reasons for designation as a national historic site) are respected in all decisions and actions affecting the site.
6.2.1 Strategic Goal
Rogers Pass National Historic Site's cultural resources are protected, preserved and presented.
- To complete an archaeological inventory of the site and its resources.
- To maintain cultural landscapes, such as Glacier House and the 1885 Trail.
- To record and stabilize significant artifacts.
- To respond to the findings of the commerative integrity evaluation, including protection, presentation.
6.2.3 Key Actions
- Remove vegetation and control water around important railway structures to prevent erosion and loss of resources.
- Evaluate the condition of all objects and collections that have been moved from the site; identify priorities for conservation.
- Record and stabilize significant artifacts, such as the Loop Brook pillars, Cascade Creek bridge, Glacier Station and the Illecillewaet stone culvert.
- Cooperate with the Revelstoke Museum and the Revelstoke Railway Museum to communicate messages of national historic significance.
- Prepare a conservation strategy for Glacier Station and work with the CPR to implement it.
- Develop exhibits for the Glacier House ruins and off-site exhibits for Glacier Station in partnership with others.
- Intervene in natural processes where necessary to prevent the loss of or damage to significant cultural resources (e.g., the stabilization of a railway bridge involves changes in streamflow, but also reflects consideration of bull trout spawning requirements).
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