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August 03, 2006 11:41 ET

Parks Canada: New Designations Recognize the National Historic Significance of Canadian People, Places and Events

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 3, 2006) - Twelve people, places and events have been recognized for their national historic significance to Canada, including the legendary captain of Bluenose I, Angus J. Walters, the crossing of lake Ontario by Marilyn Bell in 1954 and the Cypress Hills Massacre of the Nakoda in 1873.

The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of the Environment and the Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced their designation to Canada's family of national historic sites.

"Each of these designations represents a person, place or event that has contributed in some significant way to Canada's development as a nation," said Minister Ambrose. "Whether it was by creating a sense of national pride in Canadians, changing our perspectives on the role of women in society, building our industrial capacity, or instilling the values of fairness, equality and acceptance that we share today, they have shaped Canada in some way. By designating them, and helping Canadians to understand their relevance, we enhance our understanding and knowledge of Canada."

The new national historic sites of Canada announced by the Minister are: Cypress Hills Massacre (Maple Creek, Saskatchewan), Pemberton Memorial Operating Room (Victoria, British Columbia) and Pointe-du-Buisson (Melocheville, Quebec).

As well as the Crossing of Lake Ontario by Marilyn Bell (Toronto, Ontario), the national historic events of Canada announced by the Minister are: the Battle of the Scheldt (Netherlands), the establishment of the Commercial Bush Flying Industry in Canada (Lac-a-la-Tortue, Quebec), the Federation nationale Saint-Jean-Baptiste (Montreal, Quebec), the Pulp and Paper Industry in Quebec (Trois-Rivieres, Quebec), and the Quebec Ship Labourers' Benevolent Society (Quebec, Quebec).

Joining Captain Angus J. Walters (1881-1968, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia) as a national historic person are the renowned scientist and researcher Harriet Brooks (1876-1933, Montreal, Quebec) and golf course architect Stanley W. Thompson (1893-1953, Ingonish, Nova Scotia).

The designations were made by the Minister on the recommendation of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC). Parks Canada and the HSMBC will work with local communities and stakeholders to plan the future placement of commemorative plaques at locations linked to the important contributions made by the designated people, places and events.

Canada's national commemoration program recognizes the vision of Canadians who built our nation and how their actions, the places they built, and the events they were part of have influenced the values we share today. Both the designations and the commemorative plaques placed by Parks Canada and HSMBC are part of the Government of Canada's ongoing efforts to conserve the nation's special places and present them to Canadians.

Through the national commemoration program, Canadians are offered on-site and online opportunities to better understand and appreciate Canada's unique history and culture. The program also helps to create learning and tourism opportunities that support regional economic development.

One of the Government's key objectives for the program is to build on the strong foundation of Canada's past to expand and improve its system of national historic sites. As part of this initiative, Parks Canada is actively encouraging the nomination of places, people and events that are significant in the history of Canadian women, Aboriginal peoples, and ethnocultural communities to ensure the system truly reflects the diversity of our nation and fully represents the manifold nature of our

Canada's system of national historic sites now includes 919 national historic sites, 596 national historic persons and 372 national historic events. The majority of national historic sites are owned and operated by private individuals, not-for-profit groups and corporations. Parks Canada protects and presents 154 of these special places on behalf of Canadians.

Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises the Government of Canada regarding the national historic significance of places, people and events that have marked Canada's history.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Ryan Sparrow
    Press Secretary and Associate Director
    (819) 997-1441
    Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
    Michel Audy
    Executive Secretary
    (819) 997-0129