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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.

Historian Laureate Activities

Ignite Change 2017 Conference

Join Chris at Grant MacEwan University for the Ignite Change 2017 Conference!

On Wednesday August 23 from 9:35 to 10:30am, Chris will be discussing his Let's Find Out podcast on the Klu Klux Klan in Edmonton and sharing his thoughts on building a more hopeful future. 


Do you have a question about Edmonton's history? Chris wants to help you find the answer. Last year he launched Let's Find Out, an ongoing series of podcasts about helping people find answers to questions about Edmonton's past. Listen and enjoy and maybe contact Chris with your own question too!

About Chang-Yen Phillips

Chris 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 and 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




Chris Chang-Yen Phillips


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