Parks Canada

Parks Canada

June 28, 2011 14:30 ET

Government of Canada Supports Metis History and Culture Through Funding of Metis Projects

Parks Canada working with Metis groups in western and northern Canada to preserve and celebrate their rich heritage

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - June 28, 2011) - On behalf of the Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Rod Bruinooge, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South, today announced $4.25 million for the creation of 18 projects that will help Métis communities preserve their history and culture as well as present their rich heritage to all Canadians. This announcement was made at Riel House National Historic Site, a site of great importance to the Métis in Manitoba.

"These projects will significantly contribute to the preservation, awareness and promotion of Métis history and culture. In funding these projects, we are recognizing and celebrating the invaluable contributions of the Métis people across Canada," said Mr. Bruinooge. "Our government is committed to building strong, effective and mutually beneficial working relationships with Métis and other Aboriginal groups so their stories can be told and appreciated by all Canadians."

This funding will not only allow Parks Canada to help local Métis communities and organizations preserve their history and culture but will above all be used to further explore how Parks Canada and its Métis partners present their important role in Canada's history. Through public education programs carried out at national parks and national historic sites in Western and Northern Canada, Parks Canada will highlight how the Métis people have enriched the lives of all Canadians, socially, economically, politically and culturally.

Projects include:

  • The reconstruction of York Boats at Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site (Manitoba);

  • The creation of a Riel House National Historic Site travelling exhibit for use at community events across Manitoba;

  • The creation of interpretive programming and new exhibits to convey the importance of Métis at Fort St. James National Historic Site (British Columbia);

  • The creation of an art exhibit at Batoche National Historic Site (Saskatchewan), and;

  • A Métis camping experience at Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site (Alberta).

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Environment Canada, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are also part of the strategy to implement programs related to the reconciliation and management of Métis Aboriginal rights.

Parks Canada is looking forward to working with the Métis communities and organizations on these projects to increase awareness of their history and rich culture and is confident that by joining forces, mutually rewarding and valuable ongoing relationships will be formed.

For additional information on this announcement, including descriptions of the projects, please see the accompanying backgrounder at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room.

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