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Government of Canada Announces New National Historic Designations

October 4, 2018
Parks Canada, NewsWire

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, announced the designation of six new persons, places, and events of national significance.

These new designations reflect the rich and varied history of our country in areas related to Canadian Confederation, Indigenous history, cinema, education, and architecture.

The new designations include:

  • Kahgegagahbowh (George Copway) National Historic Person (1818-1869): An international literary celebrity, Kahgegagahbowh’s early leadership for Indigenous rights, and his work outside of Canada on behalf of Indigenous peoples helped contribute to a more rounded understanding of Indigenous peoples in the early to mid-19th century.
  • Léo-Ernest Ouimet National Historic Person (1877-1972): Active in the world of cinema from 1904 to 1935, Léo-Ernest Ouimet was a pioneer as a movie theatre operator, film distributor, filmmaker, and producer in the early Canadian film industry.
  • Hart Massey House National Historic Site (Ottawa, Ontario): Built in 1959, Hart Massey House is an iconic example of mid-20th century modernism in residential architecture in Canada, and a Canadian example of International style because of its sensitivity to its natural surroundings.
  • Park House National Historic Site (Amherstburg, Ontario): Considered one of the oldest houses in the Amherstburgregion, Park House is a rare example of a once-common colonial building type found in settlements and fur-trading posts across colonial North America. Through its architecture, Park House tells the story of the traders and artisans who populated the Windsor region.
  • Truro Old Normal College National Historic Site (Truro, Nova Scotia): Aside from being an excellent example of Second Empire architecture, Truro Old Normal College, built in 1877, is a testament to the movement to standardize and improve teacher training in the second half of the 19th century, and is associated with the development of Nova Scotia’s public education system.
  • Construction of the Prince Edward Island Railway National Historic Event: Built in 1871, the construction of the Prince Edward Island Railway created a transportation link across the island. This railway was more than an economic opportunity which created jobs, it was a social and cultural link between communities and played a significant role in bringing Prince Edward Island into Confederation.

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