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October 13, 2006 11:00 ET

The Government of Canada Recognizes the National Historic Significance of Le Ber-Le Moyne House

LACHINE, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 13, 2006) - On behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honourable Pierre Claude Nolin, Senator, today unveiled a plaque from the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada commemorating the national historic significance of Le Ber-Le Moyne House.

"As Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, I am proud that the Government of Canada is recognizing the rich history of Le Ber-Le Moyne House today. This house, with its unique heritage legacy, reminds us of the role the fur traders Charles Le Moyne and Jacques Le Ber played in the history of Canada," declared Minister Ambrose.

Built between 1669 and 1671, Le Ber-Le Moyne House and its outbuilding are among the oldest existing structures linked with the fur trade in Canada. Jacques Le Ber and Charles Le Moyne, two wealthy Montreal fur traders, established this trading post at a crossroads for trade among Aboriginal peoples. Its small size and harmonious, asymmetrical layout make Le Ber-Le Moyne House a representative example of the rural domestic architecture of New France.

"From its construction in 1669 to the present, Le Ber-Le Moyne House has shaped history, both in western Montreal Island and beyond. Its incalculable heritage value is being properly honoured today, to the benefit of all Canadians," added Senator Nolin.

Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises the Minister of the Environment about the national historic significance of places, persons and events that have marked Canada's history. The placement of a commemorative plaque represents an official recognition of their historic value. It is one means of educating the public about the richness of our cultural heritage, which must be preserved for present and future generations.

(Also available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under Media Room.)

Contact Information

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    Odette Lachance
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    418-648-4167