More than 2,200 designations of national historic significance have been recommended by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC) since 1919. Perspectives and interpretations of Canada's history have changed a lot over the last century. Some designations and their commemorative plaques include dated or insensitive content that does not reflect what is known or important to say about the country's history today.

The Framework for History and Commemoration (2019) outlines the HSMBC and Parks Canada's approach for reviewing existing national historic designations. It provides a basis to address concerns about existing designations and plaque texts.

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Main issues with some of the existing designations

Following an internal and external analysis undertaken in 2019 to 2020, four main types of concerns were identified with a number of existing designations and/or their plaque texts:

  • Colonial assumptions: designations related to colonial and religious leaders and their actions, and to settlement and nation building from an overly European perspective.
  • Terminology: designations or plaque texts with outdated or offensive terms or word choices.
  • Absence: designations with an absence of a significant layer of history, most frequently associated with the exclusion of Indigenous peoples.
  • Controversial beliefs and behaviours: designations, in particular persons, who are now associated with views, actions, and activities condemned by today's society.

Prioritizing subjects for review

The following designations are being reviewed on a priority basis. Subjects that:

  • have received numerous public requests for review
  • are identified as “under review” in the Directory of Federal Heritage Designations
  • are identified as “high priority” or “urgent” in the 2019-2020 analysis
  • are requested for review by Parks Canada Field Units
  • are on the list of plaques to be replaced

The review process

Designations where the reasons for designation need to be revised will, in most cases, be reviewed at a meeting of the HSMBC. Where there are issues with the plaque text, the designation will be considered by the HSMBC's Inscriptions Committee. In addition, designations are being sorted thematically, so that designations which are linked historically by a common theme, can be considered at the same time.

Public involvement in the review

The process for reviewing existing designations involves an external review by people knowledgeable about the subject. This is similar to the external review process for evaluating new nominations. For example, the following individuals or groups may be consulted in the development of plaque texts and/or the review of designation reports:

  • the requestor (where there has been a public request)
  • any implicated community, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples
  • Parks Canada's Indigenous Cultural Heritage Advisory Council (on subjects with multiple Indigenous stakeholders)
  • subject-matter experts
  • local stakeholders or community members
  • the owner of a national historic site being reviewed

Final recommendation to the Minister

Under the Historic Sites and Monuments Act, the HSMBC's role is to make recommendations to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada regarding the designation of subjects of national historic significance. Designations that have been reviewed are discussed during HSMBC meetings, and resulting recommendations may propose:

  • new or modified reasons for designation
  • maintaining the existing reasons
  • that there is insufficient historical knowledge or another issue that makes it impossible to provide a recommendation at this time

The HSMBC also provides a recommendation on the form of commemoration for a designation. This recommendation could include one of the following approaches. The subject should:

  • not be commemorated by a plaque – for some designations, the HSMBC may conclude that a plaque is not an appropriate form of commemoration for the subject
  • be commemorated with a plaque, along with directions for what should be included in the plaque text
  • be commemorated through some other form of commemoration

List of national historic designations under review

Parks Canada maintains a list of designations that are prioritized for review. This list is updated twice annually. As new public requests come in, the list of designations identified for review is expected to grow. Reviewing older designations is an integral part of the work of the HSMBC.

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Designations under review
Designation name Designation type Province or territory Year of designation Reason(s) for review Status of review
Frog Lake National Historic Site National historic site Alberta 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Treaty Nº 7 Signing Site National Historic Site National historic site Alberta 1925 Colonial assumptions Pending
Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site National historic site Alberta 1926 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Alberta Field Force National Historic Event National historic event Alberta 1929 Colonial assumptions In progress
Reverend George Millward McDougall National Historic Person National historic person Alberta 1932 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Sisters of Providence National Historic Event National historic event Quebec 1988 Colonial assumptions In progress
Sisters of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary National Historic Event National historic event Quebec 1988 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
The Peacemakers National Historic Person National historic person Alberta 1932 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Albert O. M. I. Lacombe National Historic Person National historic person Alberta 1932 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Louise McKinney National Historic Person National historic person Alberta 1939 Controversial beliefs and behaviours In progress
Preservation of the Plains Bison National Historic Event National historic event Alberta 1943 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Frank Oliver National Historic Person National historic person Alberta 1947 Controversial beliefs and behaviours;
Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
In progress
Anthony Henday National Historic Person National historic person Alberta 1953 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Sheridan Lawrence National Historic Person National historic person Alberta 1954 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
John Rowand National Historic Person National historic person Alberta 1954 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Emily Ferguson 'Janey Canuck' Murphy National Historic Person National historic person Alberta 1958 Controversial beliefs and behaviours In progress
Henrietta Muir Edwards National Historic Person National historic person Alberta 1962 Controversial beliefs and behaviours In progress
Fort Whoop-Up National Historic Site National historic site Alberta 1963 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Rundle's Mission National Historic Site National historic site Alberta 1963 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Indian Battle of 1870 National Historic Event National historic event Alberta 1966 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Mary Irene Parlby National Historic Person National historic person Alberta 1966 Controversial beliefs and behaviours In progress
Crowsnest Pass National Historic Event National historic event Alberta 1971 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Alexander (The Younger) Henry National Historic Person National historic person Alberta 1973 Colonial assumptions;
terminology
Pending
Cave and Basin National Historic Site National historic site Alberta 1981 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Bar U Ranch National Historic Site National historic site Alberta 1989 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Notre Dame des Victoires / Lac La Biche Mission National Historic Site National historic site Alberta 1989 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Fort Langley National Historic Site National historic site British Columbia 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Explorations of Sir Alexander MacKenzie National Historic Event National historic event British Columbia 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
First Crossing of North America National Historic Site National historic site British Columbia 1924 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Exploration of the Strait of Juan de Fuca National Historic Event National historic event British Columbia 1924 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
In progress
Fort Steele National Historic Site National historic site British Columbia 1925 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Sir George Simpson National Historic Person National historic person British Columbia 1927 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Exploration of the Fraser River National Historic Event National historic event British Columbia 1927 Colonial assumptions Pending
Forest Industry in British Columbia National Historic Event National historic event British Columbia 1943 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Fort St. James National Historic Site National historic site British Columbia 1948 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Adrien-Gabriel O. M. I. Morice National Historic Person National historic person British Columbia 1948 Colonial assumptions Pending
Creation of the Province of British Columbia National Historic Event National historic event British Columbia 1948 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Emily Carr National Historic Person National historic person British Columbia 1950 Terminology Pending
Fort St. John National Historic Site National historic site British Columbia 1958 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Eagle Pass National Historic Event National historic event British Columbia 1971 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Bishop Modeste Demers National Historic Person National historic person British Columbia 1973 Colonial assumptions Pending
Sir Joseph William Trutch National Historic Person National historic person British Columbia 1975 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
St. Ann's Academy National Historic Site National historic site British Columbia 1989 Colonial assumptions In progress
Helen Gregory MacGill National Historic Person National historic person British Columbia 1998 Controversial beliefs and behaviours In progress
Mary Ellen Spear Smith National Historic Person National historic person British Columbia 2007 Controversial beliefs and behaviours In progress
Battle of Seven Oaks National Historic Site National historic site Manitoba 1920 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
In progress
Fort La Reine National Historic Site National historic site Manitoba 1925 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Indian Treaty Nº 1 National Historic Event National historic event Manitoba 1927 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Henry Kelsey National Historic Person National historic person Manitoba 1931 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Norway House National Historic Site National historic site Manitoba 1932 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Roseau Route National Historic Event National historic event Manitoba 1934 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
First Legislature of Manitoba National Historic Event National historic event Manitoba 1943 n/a In progress
Creation of the Province of Manitoba National Historic Event National historic event Manitoba 1948 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Grey Nuns' Convent National Historic Site National historic site Manitoba 1958 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Alexander Morris National Historic Person National historic person Manitoba 1971 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Cuthbert Grant National Historic Person National historic person Manitoba 1972 Terminology Pending
James Shaver Woodsworth National Historic Person National historic person Manitoba 1972 Colonial assumptions In progress
The Forks National Historic Site National historic site Manitoba 1974 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
In progress
Matonabbee National Historic Person National historic person Manitoba 1981 Terminology Pending
Ernest Thompson Seton National Historic Person National historic person Manitoba 1995 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
The Red River Expedition of 1870 National Historic Event National historic event Manitoba 2017 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
In progress
Fort Beauséjour – Fort Cumberland National Historic Site National historic site New Brunswick 1920 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Yorkshire Immigration National Historic Event National historic event New Brunswick 1925 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Major Gilfred Studholme National Historic Person National historic person New Brunswick 1927 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Denys Fort / Habitation National Historic Site National historic site New Brunswick 1952 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Fort Howe National Historic Site National historic site New Brunswick 1966 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Ste. Croix Island National Historic Event National historic event New Brunswick 1968 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Indian Treaty of 1778 National Historic Event National historic event New Brunswick 1971 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Gabriel 'Gabe' Acquin National Historic Person National historic person New Brunswick 1999 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
In progress
William Epps Cormack National Historic Person National historic person Newfoundland and Labrador 1953 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
L'Anse Amour National Historic Site National historic site Newfoundland and Labrador 1978 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
In progress
Discovery of the Mackenzie River National Historic Event National historic event Northwest Territories 1969 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Church of Our Lady of Good Hope National Historic Site National historic site Northwest Territories 1977 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Canadian Sovereignty in the Arctic Archipelago National Historic Event National historic event Northwest Territories 1981 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Hay River Mission Sites National Historic Site National historic site Northwest Territories 1992 Colonial assumptions Pending
Fort Edward National Historic Site National historic site Nova Scotia 1920 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Attack at Grand-Pré National Historic Event National historic event Nova Scotia 1924 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
D'Anville's Encampment National Historic Site National historic site Nova Scotia 1925 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Canso Islands National Historic Site National historic site Nova Scotia 1925 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Bloody Creek National Historic Site National historic site Nova Scotia 1930 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Iroquois at Annapolis Royal National Historic Event National historic event Nova Scotia 1932 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Halifax Citadel National Historic Site National historic site Nova Scotia 1935 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Naval Encounter National Historic Event National historic event Nova Scotia 1938 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Isgonish-French River Portage National Historic Event National historic event Nova Scotia 1939 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Edward Cornwallis National Historic Person National historic person Nova Scotia 1974 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Person National historic person Nova Scotia 1977 Controversial beliefs and behaviours In progress
Membertou (Anli-Maopeltoog) National Historic Person National historic person Nova Scotia 1981 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Sisters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul, Halifax National Historic Event National historic event Nova Scotia 2008 Colonial assumptions In progress
Rose Fortune National Historic Person National historic person Nova Scotia 2017 n/a In progress
Discovery of the Coppermine River National Historic Event National historic event Nunavut 1956 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Sir Martin Frobisher National Historic Person National historic person Nunavut 1957 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Battle of Crysler's Farm National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1920 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Saint-Louis Mission National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1920 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Fort Malden National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1921 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Battle of Beaver Dams National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1921 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Southwold Earthworks National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Nancy (vessel) National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Capture of Detroit National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Fort William National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Port Talbot National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Waterloo Pioneers National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1924 Colonial assumptions Pending
Battle Hill National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1924 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Defence of York National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1924 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Kaministikwia and Pigeon River Routes National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1925 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Mattawa Route National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1926 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Action at Butler's Farm National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1926 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Normandale Furnace National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1927 n/a Pending
Niagara Land Purchases National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1928 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Carrying Place of the Bay of Quinte National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1929 Colonial assumptions Pending
Crawford Purchase National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1929 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Samuel de Champlain National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1929 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Butler's Rangers National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1930 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Six Nations National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1930 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Tecumseh National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1931 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Mckee's Purchase National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1931 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Early Land Survey in Ontario National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1932 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Surrender of Indian Lands National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1932 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Reverend Adolphus Egerton Ryerson National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1934 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Sir Samuel Benfield Steele National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1938 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Sir John A. Macdonald National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1939 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Indian Treaty Nº 3 National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1943 Colonial assumptions Pending
William McDougall National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1943 Colonial assumptions Pending
Nipigon River Forts National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1944 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
In progress
Fairfield on the Thames National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1945 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
E. Pauline Johnson National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1945 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Duncan Campbell Scott National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1948 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
In progress
Nicolas Perrot National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1952 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Wyandot (Hurons) National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1953 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Engagement at the Forty National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1954 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Sheguiandah National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1954 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Nellie Mooney McClung National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1954 Controversial beliefs and behaviours In progress
Queenston Heights National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1968 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Fort William National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1968 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1969 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Toronto Carrying Place National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1969 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Diamond Jenness National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1973 Colonial assumptions Pending
Goldwin Smith National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1975 Controversial beliefs and behaviours Pending
Parliament Buildings National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1976 Absence Pending
Her Majesty's / St. Paul's Chapel of the Mohawks National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1981 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Peterborough Petroglyphs National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1981 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Étienne Brûlé National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1984 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Sisters of Charity of Ottawa National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1988 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1988 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
First Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada National Historic Event National historic event Ontario 1990 Colonial assumptions In progress
Algonquin Provincial Park National Historic Site National historic site Ontario 1992 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Dr. Helen MacMurchy National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 1997 Controversial beliefs and behaviours In progress
Thomas Fuller National Historic Person National historic person Ontario 2016 Colonial assumptions Pending
Discovery of Prince Edward Island National Historic Event National historic event Prince Edward Island 1924 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
David Laird National Historic Person National historic person Prince Edward Island 1950 Colonial assumptions Pending
Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Site National historic site Quebec 1920 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Hochelaga National Historic Site National historic site Quebec 1920 Colonial assumptions Pending
Fort Trois-Rivières National Historic Site National historic site Quebec 1920 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Fort Laprairie National Historic Site National historic site Quebec 1921 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
In progress
Second Battle of Laprairie National Historic Site National historic site Quebec 1921 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Battle of Lacolle National Historic Site National historic site Quebec 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Tadoussac National Historic Event National historic event Quebec 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Lachine Massacre National Historic Event National historic event Quebec 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Fort Richelieu National Historic Site National historic site Quebec 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
In progress
Arrival of Jacques Cartier at Gaspé National Historic Event National historic event Quebec 1924 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Battle of the Lake of Two Mountains National Historic Site National historic site Quebec 1925 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Chaudière Portages National Historic Event National historic event Quebec 1927 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Jacques Marquette National Historic Person National historic person Quebec 1937 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Sir Hector-Louis Langevin National Historic Person National historic person Quebec 1938 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Alexandre-Antonin Taché National Historic Person National historic person Quebec 1943 Colonial assumptions Pending
Louis Jolliet National Historic Person National historic person Quebec 1944 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Sir William Osler National Historic Person National historic person Quebec 1950 Controversial beliefs and behaviours Pending
Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site National historic site Quebec 1958 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Montmorency Park National Historic Site National historic site Quebec 1966 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Obadjiwan–Fort Témiscamingue National Historic Site National historic site Quebec 1967 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Fur Trade National Historic Event National historic event Quebec 1968 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Sir Adams George Archibald National Historic Person National historic person Nova Scotia 1938 n/a In progress
Sir Frederick Haldimand National Historic Person National historic person Quebec 1974 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Jean Talon National Historic Person National historic person Quebec 1974 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Donnacona National Historic Person National historic person Quebec 1981 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Tessouat and le Borgne National Historic Person National historic person Quebec 1983 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
In progress
Siege of Quebec in 1775 National Historic Event National historic event Quebec 1984 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Congrégation de Notre-Dame National Historic Event National historic event Quebec 1988 Colonial assumptions In progress
Grey Nuns of Montréal National Historic Event National historic event Quebec 1988 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Sisters of Ste. Anne National Historic Event National historic event Quebec 1988 Colonial assumptions In progress
Jesuit Fathers National Historic Event National historic event Quebec 1988 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress
Treaty of Montréal in 1701 National Historic Event National historic event Quebec 2001 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Carrie Matilda Derick National Historic Person National historic person Quebec 2007 Controversial beliefs and behaviours In progress
Jacques Cartier National Historic Person National historic person Quebec 2011 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Fort Livingstone National Historic Site National historic site Saskatchewan 1923 Colonial assumptions Pending
Batoche National Historic Site National historic site Saskatchewan 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Battle of Cut Knife Hill National Historic Site National historic site Saskatchewan 1923 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Battle of Duck Lake National Historic Site National historic site Saskatchewan 1924 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Cumberland House National Historic Site National historic site Saskatchewan 1924 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Fort Walsh National Historic Site National historic site Saskatchewan 1924 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Indian Treaty Nº 6 National Historic Event National historic event Saskatchewan 1927 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Frenchman Butte National Historic Site National historic site Saskatchewan 1929 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Nicholas Flood Davin National Historic Person National historic person Saskatchewan 1947 Colonial assumptions In progress
Steele Narrows National Historic Site National historic site Saskatchewan 1950 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Fort Qu'Appelle National Historic Site National historic site Saskatchewan 1953 Colonial assumptions Pending
Fort Pitt National Historic Site National historic site Saskatchewan 1954 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Île-à-la-Crosse National Historic Site National historic site Saskatchewan 1954 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
In progress
James Morrow Walsh National Historic Person National historic person Saskatchewan 1967 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Holy Trinity Church National Historic Site National historic site Saskatchewan 1970 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Creation of the Northwest Mounted Police National Historic Event National historic event Saskatchewan 1972 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
Pending
Edgar Dewdney National Historic Person National historic person Saskatchewan 1975 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
In progress
Carlton House National Historic Site National historic site Saskatchewan 1976 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Piapot National Historic Person National historic person Saskatchewan 1981 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Archibald (Grey Owl) Belaney National Historic Person National historic person Saskatchewan 1993 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Thomas Clement “Tommy” Belaney National Historic Person National historic person Saskatchewan 2016 Controversial beliefs and behaviours In progress
Yukon Gold Discovery National Historic Event National historic event Yukon Territory 1926 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology;
Absence
Pending
Herschel Island National Historic Event National historic event Yukon Territory 1972 Colonial assumptions;
Terminology
Pending
Whaling Industry in Western Arctic National Historic Event National historic event Yukon Territory 1972 Colonial assumptions Pending
St. Paul's Anglican Church National Historic Site National historic site Yukon Territory 1989 Colonial assumptions;
Absence
In progress

Request a review

To request a review of a designation, members of the public can contact Parks Canada's Secretariat for the HSMBC at clmhc-hsmbc@pc.gc.ca. Please identify which HSMBC designation or plaque is of interest to you and provide a brief description of your concerns. While Parks Canada's goal is to complete this work as quickly as possible, these reviews are undertaken as time and resources permit.

Over the years, the HSMBC and Parks Canada have undertaken various reviews of Canada's national historic designations. Here are a few examples of designations and plaques that have been reviewed to reflect new knowledge and current public understanding of historical persons, places or events:

  • the Rideau Canal National Historic Site of Canada was originally designated as an engineering achievement. Following a public request, new knowledge provided the foundation for including the contributions of different groups of labourers who built the canal.
  • Parks Canada worked with the local First Nation to modify the name and the reasons for national significance of the fur trade post Obadjiwan-Fort-Témiscamingue National Historic Site of Canada. The revised reasons include the role of Indigenous Peoples in the fur trade and their long history at this place before Europeans arrived.