Julie Harris, Principal Consultant, Contentworks Inc.

Photo: QTC Hearing, Pangnirtung, Nunavut, 2008, for the Qikiqtani Truth Commission. Credit: Contentworks.

Julie Harris, Principal of Contentworks Inc. is a heritage consultant and public historian with over 30 years of experience. She brings a wide range of analytical and technical skills to all her projects, as well as expert knowledge of Canadian history and historiography. Julie Harris is a member of the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals with extensive experience on projects related to national historic sites and provincially significant properties in the areas of assessment, interpretation, cultural tourism, and planning. Under her direction, Contentworks has produced hundreds of heritage reports about buildings, engineering works, interiors and cultural landscapes for federal, provincial, territorial and private-sector clients. Over the past several years, she has developed expert knowledge about modern-era Indigenous history and cultural heritage protocols in Indigenous contexts. She is the author, co-author and general editor of 22 histories written to support the work of the Qikiqtani Truth Commission and is the co-author of Signposts and Promises: Canada and the Alaska Highway (2018). Julie is also a founding director of the Indigenous Heritage Circle, and involved in various initiatives of the organization.

Professional Affiliations, Training and Credentials

Professional Member, Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals | Indigenous Cultural Competency Training, First Nations Health Authority, BC (online course) | Public Participation Skills Certificate, International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) | Essential Skills Series Certificate, Canadian Evaluation Society | New Media Programming and Design| Evaluation of Informal Learning Environments | Master of Museum Studies, University of Toronto | BA History, University of Saskatchewan

Sample Projects

Indigenous & Canadian History and Heritage

  • Vimy Ridge National Historic Site of Canada Visitor Centre Exhibit Development, National
  • First World War Internment Exhibit Stories, National
  • RCMP and Residential Schools History, National
  • NTI IIBA for Conservation Areas Cultural Resources Inventory and Interpretative Materials Study, NU
  • Qikiqtani Truth Commission – Historical Research and Writing, NU
  • Parks Canada National Indigenous Engagement Program Writing, National
  • Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Cultural Heritage Study, Kamloops, BC
  • Indigenous Cultural Competency for Health Professionals: Treaty 8 Focus Groups and Treaty 8 Training Module, BC
  • Historic Treaty Information Site, INAC, National
  • History of Mental Health and Developmental Institutions, ON
  • History of Sterilization in Canada, National

Heritage Evaluation Studies

  • Gooderham & Worts District Studies for a Heritage Conservation District and for the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, Toronto, ON
  • Cultural Heritage Assessments for Class Environmental Assessments for dam, bridge and road projects, ON
  • Riverside Grain Complex, Thunder Bay, ON
  • Carling Campus (Formerly Nortel), FHBRO Report
  • Carling Campus: Design and Evolution Report, Ottawa, ON
  • Union Station Railway Corridor Interlocking Towers, Toronto, ON
  • Les Terrasses de la Chaudière Heritage Study (Phase 1 Study in 2004; Phase 2 Study in 2011), QC
  • Ottawa River Parkway Cultural Landscape Study, ON
  • Ontario Place Cultural Heritage Evaluation Report, ON
  • Engineering Assets Heritage Assessments (10 Bridges on the Alaska Highway and the J.C. Van Horne Bridge, BC, NB & QC)
  • Alexandra Bridge, Gatineau-Ottawa, ON & QC
  • Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office Reports on DEW Line Stations, NU, NWT & YK
  • Union Station Railway Corridor Interlocking Towers (3) – Cultural Heritage Evaluation Reports (CHERs), Statements of Cultural Heritage Value (SCHVs) and Feasibility Study and Plan, ON
  • Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office Reports, National
  • Kingston Dry Dock National Historic Site of Canada Commemorative Integrity Statement, ON
  • Mental Health and Developmental Services Cultural Landscapes in Ontario, ON

Heritage Planning and Policy

  • Northeastern BC Regional Heritage Strategy, BC
  • Confederation Park History and Heritage Analysis, Calgary, AB
  • Science and Technology Facilities the NCR: Heritage Study, ON & QC
  • Cultural Heritage Conservation Strategic Plan for Gatineau Park, QC
  • Central Experimental Farm Management Plan, Ottawa, ON
  • Definition and Assessment of Cultural Landscapes of Heritage Value on NCC Lands, ON & QC
  • Nomination Plan and Cultural Landscape Analysis for the Alaska Highway, BC
  • Metrolinx Cultural Heritage Protocol, ON
  • Formative Evaluation of the Commercial Heritage Properties Incentive Fund, National
  • Heritage Protection Mechanisms in Ontario, ON
  • ORC Cultural Heritage Process, ON
  • St. Raphael’s Presbytery Adaptive Reuse Study, ON
  • Guidelines for Cultural Landscapes –Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada, 2nd Edition, National


Photo: St. Raphael’s Ruins National Historic Site of Canada. Credit: Contentworks.

Photo: Riverside Grain Complex, Thunder Bay, ON, 2016. Credit: Contentworks.