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February 26, 2011 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Highlights the National Historic Importance of Pointe-du-Buisson

An important site for the Aboriginal history is commemorated

BEAUHARNOIS, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 26, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Pierre Claude Nolin, Senator, today commemorated the national historic importance of the archaeological park of Pointe-du-Buisson. A special ceremony was held at the Pointe-du-Buisson Museum Laboratory with the mayor of Beauharnois and a representative from the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

"I am proud to take part in the commemoration of Pointe-du-Buisson, one of eastern Canada's rare sites to feature such a long occupation sequence by Aboriginal populations and such a wealth of artefacts. This archaeological complex reveals invaluable information on their lifestyle" said Senator Nolin.

For 5,000 years this plateau was a favoured portage and camp site for Aboriginal peoples. Located at the foot of major rapids on the St. Lawrence River, this was a key food-gathering location and once bustled with the activities of daily life. Thousands of preserved bones of many species attest to the importance of fishing here. The rich archaeological record has made this place a vital resource for understanding Aboriginal history in this region.

"I am proud to welcome Pointe-du-Buisson to the large family of National Historic Sites of Canada. This site has become a reference, an essential source of information to any study aimed at understanding the history of Aboriginal populations of this region" said Minister Kent.

Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises the Minister of the Environment regarding the national historic significance of places, people and events that have marked Canada's history. Parks Canada manages a nation-wide network of national historic sites that make up the rich tapestry of Canada's cultural heritage and which offers visitors the opportunity for real and inspiring discoveries.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Veronica Petro
    Press Secretary
    Parks Canada - Quebec
    Melissa Larose
    Communications Advisor