Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

January 23, 2010 13:00 ET

Senator Yonah Martin Attends Official Opening of Newly Expanded University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 23, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Yonah Martin, Senator (British Columbia), today attended the official opening of the newly expanded facilities of the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology.

"Our Government is proud to have contributed to this redevelopment project, which has greatly expanded access to treasures from the Museum's extensive Northwest Coast Aboriginal collections," said Minister Moore. "The enhanced research, storage, and exhibition spaces have transformed the Museum of Anthropology into one of the world's leading cultural institutions."

"For more than 50 years, the Museum of Anthropology has made a significant contribution to education and culture," said Senator Martin. "It has provided Canadians with valuable access to cultural artifacts from British Columbia and around the world."

The Museum of Anthropology is Canada's largest teaching museum and is renowned for providing insight into the cultures of indigenous peoples from around the world. Its mission is to investigate, preserve, and present objects and expressions of human creativity in order to promote understanding of and respect for world cultures.

The Museum houses around 535,000 ethnographic and archaeological objects, many of which originate from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. Massive totem poles, carved boxes, bowls, and feast dishes are featured in the Museum's Great Hall, while smaller pieces in gold, silver, wood, ceramic, and other materials are exhibited elsewhere in the galleries.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $2,144,319 under the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (formerly Cultural Spaces Canada) ( This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts, and to museum collections and heritage displays.

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  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Perry Boldt
    A/Regional Manager
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations