Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

September 07, 2010 21:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in North Vancouver Museum and Archives

NORTH VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Andrew Saxton, Member of Parliament (North Vancouver), today announced funding for the North Vancouver Museum and Archives (NVMA).

This funding will support two projects. The Entwined Histories exhibition will be a collaborative project with the Squamish Nation showcasing the Museum's Maisie Hurley collection, which consists of artifacts she received from Aboriginal communities in British Columbia during her First Nations advocacy work in the mid-20th century. The project will support the development of curatorial skills for the Squamish Nation. The Community Collections project will enable the museum to implement a new digital collections management system, thus improving the accessibility of artifacts.

"The Government of Canada is proud to support the efforts of local heritage institutions, which play an important role in the development of communities across Canada," said Minister Moore. "Museums like this one play an important part in sustaining the economic future of Canadian communities, as well as facilitating access to our heritage."

"The North Vancouver Museum and Archives enriches the lives of many visitors and local residents," said Mr. Saxton. "Our Government is pleased to support this museum and the many benefits it brings to North Vancouver."

"Support from the Government of Canada will make it possible for the North Vancouver Museum and Archives and the Squamish Nation to embark on their first-ever collaborative project," said Nancy Kirkpatrick, Director of the NVMA. "We hope the Entwined Histories exhibition, based on museum artifacts with deep cultural significance for the Squamish Nation, will become a cornerstone of the developing relationship between the Museum and local First Nations."

The NVMA, founded by the City of North Vancouver in 1972, became part of the North Vancouver Museum and Archives Commission in 1996 and falls within the jurisdiction of the City and the District of North Vancouver. The NVMA operates a public museum and archives, and has recently built a partnership with the Squamish Nation, on whose traditional territory the Museum facilities are situated.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $74,500 through the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to the treasures of our collective heritage.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon - Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    matthew.deacon@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage - Western Region
    Perry Boldt
    A/Regional Manager
    Communications
    604-666-5739
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca