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MINISTER MACKAY SUPPORTS ESTABLISHMENT OF MEMBERTOU HERITAGE PARK
MEMBERTOU (NS) – June 12, 2012 – The Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia and Minister of National Defence, congratulated the elders and members of the Membertou First Nation on the opening of the Membertou Heritage Park. The construction of this complex that provides a living history of the Membertou First Nation was made possible through a contribution from the Government of Canada.
“Our Government’s top priorities are economic growth and job creation. We are committed to strengthening community infrastructure and to encourage more visitors to learn about the unique history and traditions of this part of the world”, said Minister MacKay, on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and La Francophonie. “Membertou’s Heritage Park will help preserve the rich culture and heritage of the community and help educate all visitors on the history and culture of the Mi’kmaq peoples.”
This multi-million dollar heritage park takes visitors on a historical journey using photographs, videos and audio recordings that chronicle the often tumultuous and inspiring story of the resilient community of Membertou, its people and its past.
The heritage park includes a Mi’kmaq Interpretation Centre, an Elder Centre, archival/research space, a gift shop and a programming room. Indoor displays and program areas introduce visitors to Membertou’s ancient culture while outdoor exhibits include traditional medicine gardens, demonstration areas, walking trails and an amphitheatre.
Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada have each contributed $500,000 to help make the heritage park a reality.
Membertou is an urban First Nation community on Cape Breton Island, located a few kilometers from the heart of Sydney, Nova Scotia. It is widely recognized to be one of Canada’s most progressive and entrepreneurial First Nations.
Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation offers programs in support of economic development initiatives and is responsible for delivering ACOA’s programs on Cape Breton Island and in the Mulgrave area.
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