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June 17, 2010 14:06 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Heritage Infrastructure at Blanc-Sablon National Historic Site of Canada

Important archaeological site in Quebec receives funding

BLANC-SABLON, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 17, 2010) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced that the Government of Canada will be investing in infrastructure improvements at Blanc-Sablon National Historic Site of Canada, which consists of 60 archaeological sites that demonstrate the continuous human occupation of the Quebec-Labrador peninsula for over 9000 years.

"The Government of Canada is proud to contribute to this initiative led by the Quebec-Labrador Foundation and the people of Blanc-Sablon," said Minister Prentice. "Thanks to their efforts, visitors will gain new opportunities to enhance their visit to Quebec's Lower North Shore and to learn more about Blanc-Sablon National Historic Site."

Through Parks Canada's Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada will be contributing up to $22,334 to support the production of a management plan to guide ongoing conservation work at Blanc-Sablon National Historic Site of Canada and ensure the preservation of its heritage value.

"The Blanc Sablon River site is so significant with evidence of 9,000 years of human habitation. The Quebec-Labrador Foundation is thrilled to work with Parks Canada to ensure the site is preserved and interpreted for present and future generations," said Mr. Larry Morris, President, Quebec-Labrador Foundation.

Parks Canada's Cost-Sharing Program, with a budget of $20 million provided in part by Canada's Economic Action Plan, reflects the government's desire to support job creation by providing funding for conservation of national historic sites.

For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounder at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room.

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