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Cole, Catherine

Catherine Cole worked as a Cultural Affairs Officer in Western Province in the early 1990s. She travelled widely around the province and worked with villagers on many projects of cultural heritage and recording of oral traditions. During her time as Cultural Affairs Officer, Catherine Cole initiated a book project about the cultural history of Western Province.

Independent, Canada (Cultural heritage management)
Cultural Affairs Officer (Western Province), early 1990s (CUSO)

Current affiliation, academic qualifications and contact details

Catherine Cole
Principal Consultant
Catherine C. Cole & Associates, heritage consultants
10023 93 Street
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada T5H 1W6
(tel/fax) 780-424-2229

Research and consultancy

I am now a nationally respected consultant with more than 30 years experience in the cultural field, the last 15 as a consultant. I have extensive experience in research, strategic planning, policy development, and program evaluation. I'm currently working on a project in the far north in Canada, developing and facilitating a training program for heritage workers in Nunavut (some Inuit, some transplanted southerners) and continue to be active in preservation of indigenous culture in post-colonial societies through work in indigenous communities in Canada and through the
Commonwealth Association of Museums. I'd be happy to return to Solomon Islands to do further work on cultural planning and preservation on a short-term basis (something CESO in Canada would probably fund) but am not active as a scholar in the field. I am registered with CESO as a volunteer but nothing suitable has come up.

Key publications/reports/materials

Cole, Catherine C. 1994. “Preserving Culture in the Solomon Islands”. Muse, Vol. 12, No. 1, Spring 1994: 30-34, ill. Ottawa: Canadian Museums Association, (also in French)


Cole (1994) Preserving culture in the Solomon Islands (article).pdf

Western Solomons
Updated 12 January, 2011