Five local arts and heritage projects in Northwestern Ontario get a boost
|FORT FRANCES, Ontario, June 7, 2019
As the curators and protectors of our history and heritage, museums and cultural institutions play an essential role in promoting and showcasing our stories.
Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament (Thunder Bay–Rainy River), today announced that the Government of Canada is investing $122,170 in five arts and culture projects in Northwestern Ontario. Mr. Rusnak made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism.
The Rainy River First Nations will receive $56,272 to support their series of workshops on traditional Ojibway technologies. Delivered to local Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Northwestern Ontario, these hands-on workshops will increase knowledge and awareness of traditional Indigenous cultural practices, ensuring knowledge is passed to future generations.
The Rainy River First Nations will also receive $32,034 to update the Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre’s physical storage, curation, and housing areas to better care for the cultural artifacts in their extensive collection.
The Atikokan Centennial Museum will receive $44,300 to support renovations to the permanent collection storage area and install high-density storage units.
The Fort Frances Museum will receive $14,900 in order to host the exhibit “Echoes in the Ice: The Franklin Expedition,” on loan from the Canada Science and Technology Museum.
The Rainy River Future Development Corporation will receive $6,700 to support the Fort Frances South Asian Festival.
Funding for these projects is being provided through the Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program and the Museums Assistance Program, which supports Canadian museums, heritage institutions and cultural professionals in the preservation and presentation of heritage collections.
|“Canada’s stories, shaped by our diversity, deserve to be celebrated and shared. Our government’s contributions through the Museums Assistance Program will ensure that even more residents and visitors across Northwestern Ontario will be able to discover and enjoy our cultural heritage and the works of our artists.”
—The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism
|“Museums and cultural institutions play an essential role in promoting and showcasing the story of Northwestern Ontario. I am pleased to see that so many great exhibits and festivals in the Fort Frances—Rainy River area are being supported through the Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program and Museums Assistance Program, and look forward to seeing how these projects will continue to strengthen the cultural fabric of our community.
—Don Rusnak, Member of Parliament (Thunder Bay–Rainy River)
“Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre has been a place of gathering, sharing, and learning for thousands of years. We are excited to grow this function by implementing public programming in the form of traditional technologies workshops, as well as updating our current museum collection space to ensure the ongoing sharing of knowledge and the protection of our past for future generations. Miigwech to the Ministry of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism for making this possible.”
—Kayleigh Speirs, Administration Manager, Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre
|“This is new for Fort Frances. Borrowing an exhibit of this caliber – created by a first-class museum like the Canada Science & Technology Museum – is beyond what we can typically afford, as the loan fees and transportation to our area are simply too costly. Having Canadian Heritage agree to fund the bulk of these costs will encourage us to look at other exhibits, something I feel is very important for our region. Not everyone has the means to travel to larger centres to see newsworthy exhibits like Echoes in the Ice: Finding Franklin’s Ship – also a truly Canadian story. The Fort Frances Museum is very grateful to the federal government for this generous grant.”
—Sherry George, Curator for the Fort Frances Museum & Cultural Centre
|The Museums Assistance Program is a Canadian Heritage grants and contributions program that provides funding to Canadian museums and heritage institutions for activities that facilitate Canadians’ access to our heritage; foster professional knowledge, skills and practices related to key museum functions; and foster the preservation and presentation of Indigenous cultural heritage. The Program has an annual budget of $6.7 million.
The Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program supports the mandate of the Department of Canadian Heritage by building on Canada’s strength as a diverse and inclusive society. The program has three funding components: Events, Projects and Community Capacity Building.
The Events component provides funding to community-based events that promote intercultural or interfaith understanding, civic memory and pride, or respect for a healthy democracy, as well as celebrations of a community’s history and culture, such as heritage months recognized by Parliament.
|Museums Assistance Program||https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/museums-assistance.html|
|Community Support, Multiculturalism, and Anti-Racism Initiatives Program||https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/community-multiculturalism-anti-racism.html|
|Rainy River First Nations||http://rainyriverfirstnations.com/|
|Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung Historical Centre||http://manitoumounds.com/|
|Atikokan Centennial Museum||http://www.atikokan.ca/content/atikokan-centennial-museum|
|Fort Frances Museum||https://www.fortfrances.ca/experience/activities-amenities/museum|
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Assistant to Don Rusnak