Bowstrings Banff weaves together past and present, story and place to inspire the future. We are a foundation that works in partnership with others to advance public appreciation for heritage, and to restore and animate heritage sites.
The Foundation has five equally important and interdependent goals:
- Awareness: strengthen the concept and value of heritage properties and sites within the Banff National Park community
- Education: encourage the protection of Banff Heritage properties and sites at risk
- Engagement: develop programming to heighten awareness, appreciation and conservation of heritage projects
- Acquisition: create built environments appropriate for other charitable purposes in the arts, conservation and cross-cultural understanding
- Stewardship: Protect Banff heritage properties and sites at risk
Honour and Respect
We support the First Nation, Inuit, and Metis worldview that everything in the universe is connected, and that we have a responsibility to maintain respectful and balanced relationships with all in creation.
We recognize that Banff and the Bow Valley has long been a place where early peoples came in peace.
There is a deep and enduring memory of this valley held by the Ktunaxa, Secwepemc, Métis, Dene & Tus T’ina, Mountain Cree, Siksika, & other Blackfoot and Stoney Nakoda peoples.
We acknowledge both the Treaty of 1877, Treaty Seven, and the Treaty of 1895 between the salmon and buffalo peoples.
We are grateful to live here, and to live together with all our relations.
We enter into long term reciprocal partnerships with foundations, organizations and individuals to achieve tangible results aligned with our goals and values.
Our work is designed to connect people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities and identities with the diverse cultural history of Banff.
Located in Banff National Park, we are keenly aware of the need to respect the environment and are therefore committed to sustainable development.