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ESKASONI (NS) – November 29, 2013 – The community of Membertou will enhance the Membertou Heritage Park thanks to a contribution from the Government of Canada. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency), and the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development.
“Our Government is committed to promoting the growth of communities across Canada and Nova Scotia,” said Minister MacKay. “We are pleased to provide our strong support to initiatives in Cape Breton’s First Nations communities which will improve infrastructure, foster economic growth and encourage healthier lifestyles.”
Membertou will enhance its Heritage Park through the development of an outdoor garden featuring many traditional plants used for healing, prevention and ceremonial purposes. The project will also include the development of a trail, an outdoor space for cultural events and an authentic Mi'kmaq village. The Government of Canada, through Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, is investing $118,787 in the project.
The Membertou Heritage Park officially opened in 2012. The facility chronicles the often tumultuous and inspiring story of the resilient community of Membertou using photographs, videos and audio recordings. The Heritage Park includes a Mi’kmaq interpretation centre, an elder centre, archival/research space, a gift shop and a programming room. As a result of this project, the indoor displays and program areas will now be complemented by outdoor displays, contributing to the quality of the overall visitor experience.
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 communities.
Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation is a federal Crown corporation offering programs in support of commercial development, community development, environmental stewardship and real property development on Cape Breton Island and in the Mulgrave area.
Office of the Minister of State
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
613 941 7241
Senior Advisor Membertou
D. A. Landry
902 564 3617