Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 11, 2009 09:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Clarington Museums and Archives

BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 11, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Beverley Oda, Minister of International Cooperation and Member of Parliament (Durham), today announced funding for the Municipality of Clarington's Clarington Museums and Archives.

This support helped bring the travelling exhibition Dinosaurs & Company to Bowmanville, Ontario. The exhibit, a coproduction of the Musee de la nature et des sciences de Sherbrooke, the Planetarium de Montreal, and the Musee de Paleontologie et de l'Evolution, has many interactive components and educational information on the habitat, history, and recent discoveries of dinosaurs. It is on display at the Clarington Museum from January through April 2009.

"By investing in the Clarington Museums and Archives, the Government of Canada is giving Canadians access to exciting and interactive exhibitions such as Dinosaurs & Company," said Minister Moore. "We are committed to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to participate in heritage, arts, and cultural activities within their community."

"I am pleased that our government helped bring this exciting exhibit to our community, since dinosaurs are always a big attraction for children," said Minister Oda.

"The Exhibition Circulation Fund has made it possible for Clarington Museums to bring a high-calibre bilingual exhibit, Dinosaurs & Company, to our community," said Martha Rutherford Conrad, Executive Director of Clarington Museums and Archives. "Without this funding from the Government of Canada, our local schools, clubs, and citizens would not have been able to enjoy the exciting programs and tours of this exhibit within their very own community. It has enabled our small museum to better serve the needs of our community."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $15,000 to support the transportation of the exhibition through the Department of Canadian Heritage's Museums Assistance Program. This program provides funding 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
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155