Specialist in Aboriginal issues will represent the Yukon
OTTAWA, Jan. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - Office of the Minister of the Environment,
Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, and
Minister for the Arctic Council
Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced today the appointment of Brian L.
MacDonald as the Yukon representative for the Historic Sites and
Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC).
A lawyer in private practice in Whitehorse, Yukon, Brian L. MacDonald
held numerous leadership positions on boards, such as the Aboriginal
Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association.
Mr. MacDonald has extensive experience working with First Nation
governments and organizations to negotiate and implement land claim and
self-governance agreements. He has also worked with communities to
develop laws and policies that help to protect Aboriginal cultural and
Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
advises the Minister of the Environment on the national historic
significance of places, people and events that have marked Canada's
history. Together with Parks Canada, the Board ensures that these
subjects of national historic significance are recognized appropriately
and shared with Canadians and visitors alike.
Parks Canada manages a nation-wide network of national historic sites
that make up the rich tapestry of Canada's cultural heritage offering
visitors an opportunity for real and inspiring discoveries.
The Board is made up of 16 members: 13 representatives from each of the
provinces and territories, along with representatives from Library and
Archives Canada and the Canadian Museum of History, and a
representative from Parks Canada who also acts as the Board's
To be a member of the HSMBC, an individual must reside in the province
or territory that he or she represents, and have knowledge of its
history and of the historical trends that shaped the development of
Canada as a whole.
Based on recommendations from the HSMBC, to date, the Government of
Canada has designated over 2000 national historic sites, events and
"I am pleased to appoint Brian L. MacDonald to the Historic Sites and
Monuments Board of Canada. I am confident that Mr. MacDonald's
extensive experience in Aboriginal issues will be a major asset to the
Board, which has made a significant effort over the past years to
commemorate persons, places and events associated with the history of
Aboriginal peoples in Canada."
Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian
Northern Economic Development Agency, and Minister for the Arctic
"I am proud that this member of the Champagne and Aishihik Nation will
be the Yukon representative on the Historic Sites and Monuments Board
of Canada. I am convinced that the Board will appreciate his recognised
Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament for the Yukon
Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
Image with caption: "Lawyer Brian L. MacDonald will represent the Yukon on the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. (CNW Group/Parks Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140117_C9373_PHOTO_EN_35615.jpg
SOURCE: Parks Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of the Environment
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Lawyer Brian L. MacDonald will represent the Yukon on the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.