Parks Canada

Parks Canada

November 09, 2010 10:53 ET

Government of Canada Supports National Historic Sites Alliance for Ontario

Parks Canada helps Alliance Members Receive Communication Tools and Training

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 9, 2010) - The Honourable John Baird, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced that the Government of Canada, through Parks Canada, will help the National Historic Sites Alliance for Ontario with the development of training activities and communication tools for its members.

"I am pleased to announce that our Government, through Parks Canada, is investing up to $50,000 to enable the National Historic Sites Alliance for Ontario to create communication and education products that will foster public understanding about the importance of protecting and presenting Canada's national historic sites for present and future generations," said Minister Baird.

The National Historic Sites Alliance for Ontario is a not-for-profit membership-based organization created over a decade ago to act as a sounding board and to provide networking opportunities for the owners, operators and stakeholders of over 260 nationally significant places located in Ontario. Membership is open to owners and managers of national historic sites in Ontario and to stakeholders whose primary purpose is to conserve and present the rich diversity of national historic sites in Ontario.

Parks Canada is one of the National Historic Sites Alliance for Ontario's main partners. Parks Canada's $50,000 contribution will be used to offer communication and learning products for the members of the Alliance, such as its annual conference, the publication of its regular newsletters, the maintenance and development of its Web site and database, and the preparation of various training workshops.

The aim of these activities is to create a greater awareness and understanding of national historic sites in Canada and to provide learning opportunities to site owners, operators and stakeholders regarding the management and care of their heritage places. The activities will also create greater public awareness and understanding of heritage conservation in Canada as well as promote national historic sites to potential visitors.

"On behalf of National Historic Sites Alliance Inc, I would like to thank Parks Canada for the continued support they have provided the Alliance over the years," said Shannon Prince, Chair of the National Historic Sites Alliance for Ontario. "This funding will reinforce the Alliance's commitment to protect Ontario's national historic sites for future generations."

By lending assistance to members of the family of national historic sites, Parks Canada is providing leadership in the promotion and development of the heritage conservation community in Canada and nurturing a sense of shared responsibility for the immediate and long-term sustainability and integrity of national historic sites.

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