Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 16, 2008 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Naval Museum of Alberta Society

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - June 16, 2008) - Calgary-area residents and visitors will have more opportunities to learn about Canada's proud naval heritage, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

Art Hanger, Member of Parliament (Calgary Northeast), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for the Naval Museum of Alberta Society.

The Society, which operates the Naval Museum of Alberta will use funding of $47,050 to support the Development Upgrade of Education Programming project. This project will develop an education program based on specific curriculum objectives of Alberta students in grades 1 to 12, and expand presentations to tour groups. The resulting programs will align the museum's educational programming with the province's set curriculum and preserve Canada's rich military history by educating our young people. The museum has one of the most comprehensive collections of naval photographs, artefacts, and historical documents in Canada and is a significant heritage resource for all Canadians.

"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 Verner. "Heritage sites like this play an important part in facilitating access to the treasures of our collective heritage."

"We are proud to invest in the Naval Museum of Alberta, which is a key attraction in this region," said Mr. Hanger. "This museum has a reputation for excellence, and its collection preserves the fascinating history of Canada's naval heritage."

"The Naval Museum of Alberta is extremely pleased to receive this funding from the Government of Canada," said Murray Bialek, General Manager and Curator of the Museum. "By developing an education program that is specifically connected to the current Alberta curriculum, it is hoped that more school tours will be attracted to the Naval Museum, thereby exposing students to a very important aspect of their Canadian heritage."

The Government of Canada has provided this funding through the Museums Assistance Program (MAP), which provides financial support 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 Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    and Minister for La Francophonie
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager Communications
    604-666-6504