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February 29, 2008 19:18 ET

John Jennings Appointed to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 29, 2008) - Canada's Environment Minister John Baird, today announced the appointment of John Jennings as an Ontario member of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC), for an initial term of 5 years.

"I am pleased to appoint Mr. Jennings to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada", said Minister Baird. "His extensive knowledge of Canada's history and his genuine interest will help the Board ensure that Canada's rich historical heritage is adequately remembered and appreciated by all Canadians, today and tomorrow."

Created in 1919, the HSMBC advises the Minister of the Environment on the designation of places, people and events of national historic significance. With Parks Canada, it also ensures that these subjects of national historic significance are marked appropriately, both within Canada and abroad. The HSMBC has 17 members: the National Archivist, an officer of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and one part-time Governor-in-Council appointee for each province and territory, with the exception of Quebec and Ontario, which have two members each. Part-time appointments are made by the Governor in Council on the advice of the Minister of the Environment.

Mr. Jennings is an associate professor of history at Trent University, Peterborough, specializing in the history of the Western Canadian and American frontier. He is also Vice-Chair of the Canadian Canoe Museum, with which he has been active since 1980 and author of several books and articles on the canoe, including The Canoe in Canadian Cultures, co-edited with Bruce Hodgins, and The Canoe: A Living Tradition, a collaborative work. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence from the Ontario Museum Association. Mr. Jennings, who rode for Canada in the 1967 Pan American Games, is also a former member of the Canadian Equestrian Team. He is currently completing a manuscript on the ranching frontier border and is starting work on a book about Tappan Adney's canoe models.

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John Nelson Jennings

Dr. Jennings retired last year from Trent University's history department after thirty two years of teaching. He specialized in the history of the Western Canadian and American frontier and in Canada's relations with the world during the twentieth century. His research and writing dealt with the early relations between the Mounted Police and First Nations People, the ranching frontiers of Canada and the U.S., and early exploration, especially by canoe.

He was one of the central people in the creation and development of the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough, Ontario, serving for many years as Vice Chair and principal fundraiser. He has written, or co-written three books on Canada's canoe history, including the award-winning The Canoe: A Living Tradition. He is now working on the history of the Geological Survey of Canada's canoe exploration in the North. In 1998 he received the Ontario Museum Association's Award of Merit for Lifetime Volunteer Service for his work with the Canadian Canoe Museum.

Dr. Jennings is a canoeist and has traveled a number of Canada's northern heritage rivers, including the Nahanni River, a world heritage site. He is also a horseman and was a member of Canada's Equestrian Team in the 1960s.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    National Historic Sites
    Larry Ostola
    Director General