Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 30, 2009 11:54 ET

Government of Canada Supports Musee Mineralogique et Minier de Thetford Mines

THETFORD MINES, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - June 30, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Member of Parliament (Megantic-L'Erable), today announced funding for the Musee mineralogique et minier de Thetford Mines.

This funding will support "Meteors on Tour," a project that takes the travelling exhibition "Riding with Meteorites" across Canada. This exhibition, with an impressive number of meteorites, focuses on the most famous meteor impact sites in Canada. The funding will also enable the museum to host the Canadian Museum of Nature's travelling exhibition, "Sila: Clue in to Climate Change."

"Thanks to support from our Government, countless Canadians will have access to these projects as they travel across the country," said Minister Moore. "Taking 'Meteors on Tour' on the road will allow many Canadians to access this part of the country's natural and scientific heritage and gain an understanding of the effects of meteor showers through the interactive games in the exhibition. For its part, 'Sila: Clue in to Climate Change' will demonstrate the impact of climate change in the Arctic and elsewhere in the world and describe the challenges and the solutions connected to it."

"I am pleased that the Government of Canada is supporting the Musee mineralogique et minier de Thetford Mines, a pioneer in the region," said Minister Paradis. "The museum helps us discover wonderful things, and is also a window on the world thanks to its travelling exhibitions."

"The contribution from Canadian Heritage is most appreciated and will make it possible for the 'Riding with Meteorites' exhibition to travel until March 31, 2012. Thanks to this significant financial contribution, a number of Canadian museums-in Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Ontario specifically-will be able to host this large-scale travelling exhibition," said Francois Cinq-Mars, Director of the Musee mineralogique et minier de Thetford Mines. "We also thank the Department for enabling us to host the 'Sila: Clue in to Climate Change' exhibition, a project presented in French, English, and Inuktitut."

The Musee mineralogique et minier de Thetford Mines was founded in 1976 by a group of mineral collectors. It is a scientific museum that focuses on the geology of the Appalachian region and the development of mining in the area surrounding Thetford Mines. It promotes access to the Earth sciences and to scientific and technological knowledge in the field of mining.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $60,620 for the "Riding with Meteorites" project and $9,395 for hosting the "Sila: Clue in to Climate Change" exhibit under 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.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Eric Amyot
    Director, Regional Communications
    Quebec Region
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations