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2022 National Conference 

Making People Care Since...Forever

Halifax, NS
October 3-7, 2022  

It’s difficult (if not impossible) to separate the human experience from storytelling. We have a fundamental need to connect with each other and ourselves through the sharing of stories. They are the tool we use to make sense of our lives, experiences, events in history and the world around us. Stories, like interpretation itself, help us make meaning of the world.

Along with our presenting partner, the Association of Nova Scotia Museums, Interpretation Canada’s 2022 National Conference in Halifax will explore the connection between interpretation and storytelling.


Pre-Conference Training Concurrent Session (Tue & Thur) Site Visits (Wed) Post-Conference Field Trip

  • Sunday Oct 2 and Monday Oct 3: Optional pre-conference workshops with the Interpretive Guides Association and InterpActive Planning and Training (additional cost)
  • Monday Oct 3 Keynote Speaker at noon, afternoon tours and meetings, evening reception and awards celebration at The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.
  • Tuesday Oct 4: Concurrent sessions*, evening at the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History
  • Wednesday Oct 5: Off-site case study visits (included in registration)
  • Thursday Oct 6: Concurrent sessions*, evening at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
  • Friday Oct 7: Optional Post-conference Site Visit to Joggins Fossil Cliffs (additional cost)
  • *Note that concurrent sessions on Tues/Thurs will be held in Fortress 'casemates' at the Halifax Citadel, and there may be occasional sounds of rifle or cannon fire outdoors.

Full Schedule

Keynote Speaker: 
Lawrence Hill 

Photo Credit: Beatrice Freedman

Faction: Merging History and Fiction

Storytelling should be more engaging and entertaining than real life. Otherwise, why turn the page? Lawrence Hill will speak about how he draws upon contemporary and historical events to dramatise little known or long forgotten nuggets of the experiences of peoples in the African Diaspora. We all need good journalists and historians, but a storyteller can leap directly into the listener's heart.

LAWRENCE HILL is the internationally bestselling author of eleven books of fiction and nonfiction, including (most recently) Beatrice and Croc Harry, The Book of Negroes (which was made into a six-part TV mini-series) and The Illegal, both of which won CBC Canada Reads. His previous novels, Some Great Thing and Any Known Blood, also became national bestsellers. Hill’s nonfiction work includes Blood: The Stuff of Life (the subject of his 2013 Massey Lectures), and the memoir Black Berry, Sweet Juice: On Being Black and White in Canada.

Hill is a professor of creative writing at the University of Guelph. His volunteer work has included Crossroads International, the Black Loyalist Heritage Society, Book Clubs for Inmates, The Ontario Black History Society, and Walls to Bridges – a non-profit group offering university courses to incarcerated Canadians.

Hill is writing screenplays for a TV miniseries in development, and a novel about the African-American soldiers who help build the Alaska Highway in northern British Columbia and Yukon during World War Two. He is a member of the Order of Canada, and a winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.

This keynote session is generously supported by Parks Canada Agency.

Keynote Performance:

“Salar” is an environmental theatre performance about the Atlantic Salmon that inspires a greater awareness of the salmon’s life cycle. This 50-minute interdisciplinary performance weaves together stories, myths and science through language, movement, live music and puppetry. By employing methods in knowledge translation and exchange, this transformative experience fosters a greater understanding of this fascinating creature’s importance to peoples across the northern hemisphere over the last 25 000 years and highlights the connection between ocean and forest, and our shared human responsibility to the environment. Salar premiered at Stratford’s SpringWorks PuppetWorks Festival in August of 2021, followed by a run at the 2021 Halifax Fringe and a tour to 5 Atlantic Region National Parks and National Historic Sites.

The artists of Salar have woven their work into Nova Scotia’s artistic tapestry over the past three decades, crossed paths at various intersections along the way, and now come together as the creative collective The Hatch, based in K’jipuktuk/Halifax. The ensemble includes Benn Ross, Kersti Tacreiter, Cathy Porter and Alexis Milligan, with a special guest appearance by Mi’kmaw Elder and national park interpreter, Mary Louise Bernard. For this production they are joined by a number of supporting artists who have added their expertise and creative energy to the development of this new work.

The Hatch fosters understanding, inspires action, and creates lasting connections through arts-based practices in knowledge translation and exchange.

The artists of Salar acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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 Register Here for Pre-Conference Training

Registration fees are per person and include lunches on Tues, Weds, Thurs and evening receptions on Mon, Tues, Thurs. They also include Wednesday site visits. They do not include the pre-conference workshops, the post-conference site visit, additional 'add-ons' (such as the Annapolis Valley site visit), or supper on Wednesday.

Member rate: Save $26 by becoming a member before you register. Membership is $24/year.

Member registration: $525

Non-Member registation: $575, includes 1 year IC Membership

Registration extended until September 19


We are thrilled to be gathering together in-person. Interpreters will be travelling from across Canada from many different communities to join us. The safety and wellbeing of our attendees, presenters, and volunteers is very important to us.

COVID-19 is still an active disease at the national level, and we ask everyone to follow current public health guidelines. To protect yourself and others, Nova Scotia Public Health recommends that you wear a mask in crowded, indoor places. We ask that all attendees wear a mask in indoor spaces such as the auditoriums and concurrent session rooms we will be gathering in at the conference. Additionally, please watch for symptoms and stay home if you feel sick.

There are outdoor spaces available to take your meals at the Halifax Citadel, the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Monday evening’s reception will be in a large open room where physical distancing is possible but there will not be easy access to an outdoor space to eat.

For more information on how to protect yourself and others, click here.

Cancellation Policy

Interpretation Canada cannot offer refunds of registration fees for in-person events.

A registration name change is permitted prior to the conference by submitting a written request to

In extenuating circumstances only (e.g. death, extreme weather event, illness), requests for a partial refund may be considered. Such requests must be submitted in writing with appropriate documentation.

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