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July 27, 2009 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Celebrates the Historical Significance of the Scouting Movement in Canada

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 27, 2009) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today celebrated the national historic significance of The Scouting Movement in Canada, which he designated event of national historic significance, on the recommendation of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

"I am proud to name the Scouting Movement in Canada as a nationally historic event," declared Minister Prentice. "This designation will help to ensure that this important event is appreciated and remembered by future generations."

"Since 1908, the Scouting Movement has been among the largest and most influential youth movements in Canada," said the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Canada and Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls. "This designation holds special meaning for several generations of Canadian youths."

The Scouting Movement became one of the most successful youth education movements by promoting, character building, good citizenship and self-reliance through games and outdoor activities. By holding the first world jamboree outside of Europe at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario in 1955, the movement contributed to a favourable image of Canada in the minds of thousands of Scouts from around the world.

Parks Canada works to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage is presented and protected for the enjoyment, education, appreciation and inspired discovery of all Canadians, today and in the future.

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