Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 08, 2009 12:06 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Wanuskewin Heritage Park Redevelopment

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - April 8, 2009) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding for Wanuskewin Heritage Park Authority for its Building Renewal Project.

Located just three kilometers north of Saskatoon, Wanuskewin Heritage Park is a designated place of national and provincial historic significance. Its heritage value resides in a unique and outstanding collection of archaeological sites including tipi rings, a medicine wheel, and several campsites demonstrating that First Nations have gathered here for more than 6000 years. Wanuskewin Heritage Park is a flagship tourist destination for the province and one of the top 30 Aboriginal heritage sites in Canada.

"Today's investment is a great example of how our Government is supporting organizations that contribute to the cultural vitality and quality of life of their community," said Minister Moore. "It's also an example of how our Government is investing in projects that will create jobs for today and boost our economy."

"With its unique exhibits and historical displays, Wanuskewin Heritage Park is a top tourist destination for our province," said Kelly Block, Member of Parliament for Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar. "I'm proud that our Government is a partner in making this expansion project a reality."

"Wanuskewin is deeply appreciative of the support from the Government of Canada," said Lloyd Beazley, Board Chair of Wanuskewin Heritage Park. "Their commitment to the rich First Nations heritage at this site and to assisting us with our ongoing renewal and renovation project will help ensure that Wanuskewin Heritage Park remains the Aboriginal heritage centre destination of choice for the depiction and interpretation of Plains Indian culture and heritage."

The redevelopment of Wanuskewin Heritage Park includes a new addition on the south side of the building, new permanent and temporary exhibit areas, new theatre and art gallery spaces, new indoor and outdoor programming sites, and upgrades to the powwow grounds and other outdoor locations.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $2,213,000 through the Cultural Spaces Canada Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program contributes to improved physical conditions for artistic creativity and presentation or exhibition. It is designed to improve access for Canadians to the performing, visual, and media arts, as well as to museum collections and heritage exhibitions.

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
    Stephanie Rea
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    stephanie.rea@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Prairies and Northern Region
    Francine D. Lefebvre
    A/Director - Regional Communications
    204-983-4367 or Cell: 204-229-5283
    francine.lefebvre@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155