Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 13, 2005 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Eight Montreal-Area Museum Projects

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 13, 2005) - President of the Privy Council, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Member of Parliament (Westmount-Ville-Marie) Lucienne Robillard, on behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Status of Women Liza Frulla, today announced $523,897 in funding for ten projects that will be undertaken by eight Montreal-area museums.

"Our museums are an open window on our heritage," said Minister Robillard. "I am pleased that the Government of Canada supports institutions that enable local residents and visitors to explore entire chapters in the history of Montreal and Canada."

"Museums serve as guardians of our collective heritage and increase Canadians' awareness of the rich and unique history they are heir to," said Minister Frulla. "We must support these institutions, which are devoted to preserving and exhibiting treasures from our past."

For more information on the projects being undertaken by the museums, please see the backgrounder attached to this news release on the Web site of the Department of Canadian Heritage at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Financial assistance is provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage to these eight institutions through its Museums Assistance Program. The Program provides fiancial assistance to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to our collective heritage.

Funding for this initiative was provided for in the February 2005 federal budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.

Backgrounder

The Government of Canada is providing $523,897 in funding to eight Montreal-area museums to help them carry out ten projects.

Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) $16,525

The CCA will train staff to use The Museum System software. It will
help catalogue the Centre's collections, provide integrated
management of collection items, and ensure consistency between
documentation sources. It will also provide the public with access to
databases and researchers with documentary support.

Chateau Ramezay Museum $20,000

The Museum will reorganize and improve its information on its Quebec
ethnology collection, which comprises about 5000 items. It will then
computerize and digitize the textual and iconographic data in order
to add them to the Artefacts Canada and the Info-Muse networks.

Corporation de la chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours
et du Musee Marguerite-Bourgeoys $21,305

The Corporation will document and digitize a collection of religious
heritage items belonging to the Society of Saint Sulpice. It will
also conduct research and prepare temporary and virtual exhibitions
of the collection, which will be displayed for the first time.

McCord Museum of Canadian History $61,269

The Museum will digitize and catalogue 15 500 photographs from Series
1 of the Notman Collection, which covers the period from 1865 to
1870. The photographs, many of which portray influential figures from
the period of Confederation, will be posted on the Museum's Web site.

Society of Saint Sulpice in Montreal (two projects)
Project 1 $39,185

The Society will recover, inventory, document and store three lots of
objects, which include scientific instruments, religious and secular
objects in gold and silver, and liturgical vestments.

Project 2 $44,083

The Society will digitize and give access to three lots of objects
from the Sulpician collections through the Artefacts Canada database.

Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal $88,908

The Museum will tour an exhibition of works by Montreal artist
Dominique Blain in Regina and Calgary in 2006. The 33 multimedia
works were presented in a retrospective exhibition in Montreal in
2004.

Societe d'astronomie du Planetarium de Montreal $112,622

In collaboration with planetariums in Calgary, Vancouver, and
Winnipeg, the Society will create a bilingual multimedia presentation
called "The Quest for Life in the Universe." This bilingual
presentation will highlight the work of various Canadian researchers
in this area.

Pointe-a-Calliere Montreal Museum of Archaeology
and History Society (two projects)
Project 1 $30,000

The Society will tour the Museum's "Dreams and Realities Along the
Lachine Canal" exhibition in 2005 and 2006 to Stellarton, Nova
Scotia; Hamilton, Ontario; and Montreal, Quebec. The exhibition was
presented at the Pointe-a-Calliere Museum from November 25, 2003 to
April 25, 2004. Created in partnership with Parks Canada and
supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the exhibition
examines the history of the Lachine Canal and its social and urban
impact in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Project 2 $90,000

The Museum will create a travelling exhibition called "Meet the St.
Lawrence Iroquois: the First Farmers in the Valley." The exhibition
will explore the little-known history of the first people to
establish farming communities in what is now Quebec's most populated
area.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and
    Minister responsible for Status of Women
    Jean-Francois Del Torchio
    Press Secretary
    (819) 997-7788
    or
    Office of the Honourable Lucienne Robillard
    Nathalie Dallaire
    Senior Assistant
    (514) 283-2013
    or
    Canadian Heritage Quebec Region
    Marie-Claude Cadorette
    Communications Manager
    (514) 283-4027