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November 30, 2006 11:32 ET

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

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 30, 2006) - Two persons, six places and three events have been recognized for their national historic significance to Canada. The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of the Environment and the Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today announced their addition to Canada's family of national historic sites, people and events.

"National historic sites are places of profound importance to Canadians." said Minister Ambrose. "They bear witness to this nation's defining moments and illustrate its human creativity and cultural traditions. Each national historic site tells a chapter of Canada's history and helps us understand Canada as a whole. It is why I am proud today to welcome eleven new places, people and events of historic significance to Canada into the Parks Canada family."

The new designations announced by the Minister are:

National Historic Sites of Canada:

- National Arts Centre, Ottawa, Ontario

- Kensington Market, Toronto, Ontario

- First Commercial Oil Field, Oil Springs, Ontario

- Doukhobors at Veregin, Veregin, Saskatchewan

- Church of Sainte-Marie, Sainte-Marie, Quebec

- Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce Institutional Ensemble, Saint-Joseph-de-Beauce , Quebec

Persons of national historic significance:

- Gaspard-Joseph Chaussegros de Lery (1682-1756), Quebec, Quebec

- Edouard Lacroix (1889-1963), Saint-Georges-de-Beauce, Quebec

Events of national historic significance:

- Contributions of the Soeurs de Misericorde in the Field of Healthcare in Canada, Montreal, Quebec

- Contributions of the Religieuses hospitalieres de Saint-Joseph in the Field of Healthcare in Canada, Montreal, Quebec

- Contributions of the Augustines de la Misericorde de Jesus of Quebec City's Hotel-Dieu in the Field of Healthcare in Canada, Quebec, Quebec

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 the 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, the HSMBC 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 of our history.

Canada's system of national historic sites now includes 925 national historic sites, 598 national historic persons and 375 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.

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Contact Information

    Minister's office
    Robert Klager
    Director of Communications
    Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
    Michel Audy
    Executive Secretary