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Historian Laureate

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail

Edmonton’s Fourth Historian Laureate

Chris Chang-Yen Phillips is Edmonton's new Historian Laureate, succeeding Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail. 

He was selected by the Edmonton Historical Board and the Edmonton Heritage Council following an open application process.

The Historian Laureate works closely with the Edmonton Historical Board and the Edmonton Heritage Council, which jointly administer the City’s Historian Laureate program.

About Chang-Yen Phillips

Chris Chang-Yen Phillips is a storyteller and a people weaver.

Born and raised in Edmonton, Chris loves hearing and sharing stories about the city. He’s intensely curious about the small cultural communities that get bypassed in official histories, and how culture and nature shape each other.

Since 2014, he’s worked as News Coordinator for CJSR, Edmonton’s campus and community radio station. He’s previously worked for CBC Radio in Toronto, and written for print and online media like Vue Weekly. 

Chris’ passion for encouraging neighbours led to founding Shareable Neighbourhood, a grassroots community group that organized tours and workshops about the culture, ecology, and history of Mill Creek & Old Strathcona.

Chris sees it as his mission work to tell stories that make people believe that they belong and that they matter – by reflecting how our histories are woven together, but also by unveiling our bonds to the rest of nature. It’s the only way we feel confident fighting to make it better.

For More Information

Edmonton Historical Board



Email sonia.caligiuri@edmonton.ca

Chris Chang-Yen Phillips

Email historian.laureate@edmonton.ca