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Public input will help ensure broader, more inclusive stories at Canada’s heritage places

OTTAWA, March 14, 2019 /CNW/ – Parks Canada places belong to all Canadians and tell the stories of who we are, including the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples.

Today, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, invited Canadians to share their views on Parks Canada’s draft Framework for History and Commemoration: National Historic Sites System Plan 2019.

Parks Canada is seeking to tell broader, more inclusive stories in the places that it manages. In support of this goal, the Framework proposes a new comprehensive and engaging approach to presenting Canada’s history through diverse, wide-ranging and sometimes complex perspectives, including the difficult periods of our past. In particular, it will ensure that the history and voices of Indigenous peoples are incorporated at heritage places.

In addition, the Framework for History and Commemoration will support the work of Parks Canada and the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC) in designating places, persons, and events of national historic significance. The Framework also outlines the HSMBC’s approach for the careful review of existing national historic designations.

Parks Canada undertakes meaningful consultation and ensures that partners, Indigenous groups and other stakeholders, as well as all Canadians have opportunities to influence and contribute to Parks Canada’s priorities and direction.

Canadians are encouraged to help shape the future of Parks Canada’s heritage places by sharing their thoughts on the draft Framework for History and Commemoration by April 14, 2019 by visiting: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/plan/consultation .

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"The Government of Canada is committed to connecting Canadians to the significant people, places and events that have shaped our country’s rich and varied history, including the histories and cultures of Indigenous peoples. The Framework will guide the way history is shared at Parks Canada places for years to come. I encourage everyone to get involved in this important discussion and help shape the future of Canada’s heritage places."

Quick Facts Parks Canada manages one of the finest and most extensive systems of protected natural and cultural heritage areas in the world. The system protects a vast network of natural and heritage places that include 46 national parks, 171 national historic sites, four national marine conservation areas, and one national urban park.

Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises the Minister of Environment and Climate Change regarding the national historic significance of places, people and events that have contributed to Canada’s history. Together with Parks Canada, the Board ensures that subjects of national historic significance are recognized and these important stories are shared with Canadians.

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For further information: Sabrina Kim, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 819-938-3813, sabrina.kim2@canada.ca; Media Relations, Parks Canada Agency, 855-862-1812, pc.medias-media.pc@canada.ca

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