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The ‘Your Stories, Our Histories' project is intended to gather community input that will be used to develop an updated Cultural Heritage Strategy for the City of Kingston. This Strategy will  assist in guiding the development of exhibits, programs and events offered through the Cultural Services Department, and specifically the exhibitions and programs offered through Kingston City Hall National Historic Site, the PumpHouse Museum and the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum. It will also be used as a guide for the development of exhibitions and programs to be offered as outreach initiatives throughout the Kingston community.

As part of this engagement, specific themes, stories and histories will be discussed that include engagement opportunities designed to explore Sir John A. Macdonald and his legacies in a more holistic way.

Ottawa-based First Peoples Group is assisting the City with the engagement. Specializing in inclusive engagement and facilitation practices, First Peoples Group is led by a team of consultants who have worked with all levels of government and will provided support and community education on cultural topics as they assist in bringing ideas together and in helping to build consensus on themes, stories and how we contextualize history.


  • Winter 2020 – Reporting back on public engagement from First Peoples Group
  • Winter-Fall 2019 -  In-person and online public engagement
  • Spring 2018 - Pre-engagement planning with Cultural Heritage Working Group
  • Fall 2018 -  Launch of online portal and City Hall comment cards

Public Engagement

Watch for details on the public engagement activities planned for this project.

In-person engagement opportunities

  • March 26, 2019 - "Why Stories Matter" public launch event.
  • April 25, 2019 - "What stories need to be told?" event/workshop. Sign up to participate. 
  • August 14, 2019 - "What stories need to be told?" event/workshop. Sign up to participate.
  • Sept. 17, 2019 - "Sir John A. 360" panel discussion event. Register to confirm your seat.
  • Oct. 16 and 17, 2019 - How can we tell an inclusive history of Sir John. A. Macdonald? - Community Workshops. Sign up to participate
  • Dec. 11, 2019 - Final Open House. Drop-in to learn about the trends and themes that have come out of engagements so far and share your input.

Chat with us at these community events

  • Summer 2019 - Select Movies in the Square
  • Summer 2019 - Select Music in the Park
  • June 19-23, 2019 - Skeleton Park Arts Festival
  • June 21, 2019 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • August 3, 2019 - Princess Street Promenade
  • Sept. 2019 - Multicultural Arts Festival

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Kingston residents are invited to attend and participate in the next step of the ‘Your Stories, Our Histories' project on Thursday, April 25 from 2 ...
The City of Kingston is inviting residents to be part of a series of conversations about local history that explore the stories and experiences that ...
How does Kingston move forward on a path of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples while addressing the legacy of Sir John A. Macdonald? Beginning ...

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