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SOURCE Parks Canada
OTTAWA, Jan. 12, 2018 /CNW/ - Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, announced the designation of 17 new national significant persons, places and events that helped define Canada's history.
National historic sites represent thousands of years of human history. They are places of profound importance to Canada as they bear witness to our country's defining moments and illustrate its human creativity and cultural traditions.
These new designations reflect the rich and varied history of our country in areas related to government and the economy, arts and architecture, science and military history.
Some highlights from today's announcement include:
Each of today's designations contributes its own unique story to the greater story of Canada, and helps us better understand our country and our identity.
The commemoration process is largely driven by public nominations, and designations are made on the recommendation of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. To date, more than 2,000 designations have been made.
Parks Canada manages 171 national historic sites and is inviting Canadian families and their children, and youth and school groups to learn more about our history with free admission for youth 17 and under, starting this year. From lighthouses to battlefields, historic neighbourhoods to contributions and traditions of Indigenous Peoples, there is an amazing array of places and stories to discover.
"Building on the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, I am very proud to recognize some of the people, places and events that have shaped our country. Each of these designations is a distinct and vibrant symbol of Canadian identity. They tell the stories of who we are as a people and they inspire us towards new endeavors and adventures."
The Honourable Catherine McKenna
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada
The new designations include:
Persons: Ozias Leduc (1864-1955), Rose Fortune (c. 1774-1864), E.A. Partridge (1861-1931), Viola Desmond (1914-1965), Ernest Cormier (1885-1980), Mabel Hubbard Bell (1857-1923), Helen Creighton (1899-1989), Mina Benson Hubbard Ellis (1870-1956)
Places: Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral, John and Olive Diefenbaker Museum, Central memorial Library and Park, Roger-Gaudry Building (University of Montréal), Ernest Cormier House, Beinn Bhreagh Hall
Events: The Red River Expedition of 1870, Vice-Admiralty Court of Halifax, Discovery of Insulin
Expansion of designation:
Welland Canal System National Historic Event: expanded the designation to include its importance for trade and commerce and the contributions and sacrifices of the canal workers.
Charlotte County Courthouse National Historic Site: expanded the designation to add the gaol (jail).
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