Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 09, 2009 10:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Musee du Fjord

LA BAIE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 9, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of State (Agriculture) and Member of Parliament (Jonquiere-Alma), today announced funding for the Musee du Fjord. The museum will use the funds for the cross-Canada tour of two of its exhibitions: "Front Page Microbes!" and "Extreme Nature." The exhibitions will be on tour from April 1, 2008 until March 31, 2010.

"Always on the leading edge of innovation, the Musee du Fjord has once again impressed us," said Minister Moore. "These exhibitions, which will be presented to residents of other provinces, will allow visitors to learn about the natural phenomena that are part of Canada's history. They will also demystify the parallel world in which microbes evolve. Our Government is pleased to support this project."

"The Musee du Fjord's influence reaches all across Canada. Guylaine Simard's team has established links with institutions in various provinces, including Nova Scotia and British Columbia," said Minister Blackburn. "The know-how of the Musee du Fjord team is exportable. Openness and innovation characterize their projects. This contributes to the reputation of our area and encourages interesting partnerships. I am proud that our Government supports the development of this very special museum."

Museums play a key role in preserving and showcasing our history, our culture, and our geography, The Musee du Fjord is an excellent example of how museums serve as significant social and economic driving forces in their regions and throughout Canada."

"We are very proud of the assistance granted by the Government of Canada. Thanks to this significant support, the outreach of the Musee du Fjord and its partner museums will extend across Canada," said Guylaine Simard, Director of the Musee du Fjord and Chair of the Societe des musees quebecois. "In 2008, our travelling scientific exhibitions attracted more than 71 000 visitors outside the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean region."

The Musee du Fjord's mission is to preserve and highlight the historic, natural, and artistic heritage of the Saguenay Fjord and Baie des Ha! Ha! area and to raise public awareness of its importance. It offers temporary historic and scientific exhibitions that deal particularly with nature and the environment.

The Government of Canada has provided $176,106 in funding through the Access to Heritage component of the Department of Canadian Heritage's Museum Assistance Program. This program aims to provide more opportunities for Canadians to access and experience Canada's diverse 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
    Eric Amyot
    Director, Regional Quebec Region
    514-283-4027
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155