Bridging Time: Exploring Saskatoon’s Hidden Heritage

About: The project is a response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action by presenting a widely accessible, dynamic and synthesized historical narrative that better reflects the longevity and diversity of the human experience in Saskatoon. It is also a legacy of the Canada 150 celebrations as it showcases the roles of First Nation, Métis and settler communities in the City of Saskatoon. The multi-media platforms encourage people of all ages to physically explore Saskatoon as they participate in, and contribute to, a shared heritage. These benefits are closely linked to quality of life and include: a sense of belonging, increased social cohesion and inclusion as well as an opportunity for education and life-long learning. Saskatoon’s heritage sector will experience direct benefits like increased visibility and visitor attendance as well as audience engagement.

Outcomes: The outcomes of this project are 10,000 large augmented-reality maps and a location-based app using the IPOP (Ideas, People, Objects and Physical experiences) model of visitor experience preference. The content of the map/app will be archaeological, First Nation, Métis and settler vignettes. For example, most people don’t know that on June 7, 1908, the S.S. City of Medicine Hat steamship crashed into the Traffic Bridge or that almost exactly 100 years later, an underwater archaeological dig recovered several objects from the ship. Using archival photos, 3D artifact models and interview clips, this story comes alive for the users of the map and the app. This ‘hidden heritage’ vignette is relevant today as the old Traffic Bridge is currently being replaced by a new bridge. The app will also feature a gaming aspect as well as a monitored feedback button for user-generated content.

Partners and Collaborators: The SAS is partnering with the Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan (AFCS) and the Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society (SHFS). Each group is identifying and creating content for First Nation, Métis and settler vignettes. The SAS is the lead partner on the project and has developed guidelines for the vignette content, developed a map template and has identified and created content for the 10 archaeological vignettes.

Timeline: There are two phases for the project. The first is the identification and compilation of the vignette content into a printed map (approximate size 24″ X 36″) with augmented reality.  The expected completion date for this phase is October 2017 with a launch date of the map on International Archaeology Day (October 21, 2017). The second phase of the project is the launch of the mobile app during Heritage Week (Feb 19-23) 2018. There will be a soft launch of the app in early January 2018 to a) meet the requirements of our Community Fund for Canada 150 grant and b) ensure all components of the mobile app are properly working.

Financial Support/Sponsorship:

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