Interpretation Canada

How would you update the following definition?

In·tūr“prə·ta“shən, n. 1. Any communication process designed to reveal meanings and relationships of cultural and natural heritage to the public, through first-hand involvement with an object, artifact, landscape or site.

This definition was developed in the 1970s when Interpretation Canada (IC) was first established. The world has changed in many ways since then, and so has the IC organization. Share your suggestions for changing the definition too with some of IC's current leaders and executive director Sue Ellen Fast.

Who are we especially looking forward to talking to? Interpreters and educators from museums, parks, historic sites, farms, nature centres, first nations cultural sites, zoos, aquaria, botanical gardens, and other environmental education and stewardship sites, wilderness locations—and anyone with an idea for how heritage interpretation can best contribute to the future of the Earth, our common home.

IC is a volunteer-run association of contributing members with a focus on professional development and front-line practitioners. IC members enjoy many wonderful programs, including our print journal InterpScan. Please visit for more information.