Canada's Government celebrates Acadian history and supports new monument



    ROCKY POINT, PE, Aug. 15 /CNW/ - On behalf of John Baird, Canada's
Environment Minister, Mr. Peter Mackay, Minister of National Defence and
Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, announced the opening of
the expansion of "The Old Harbour Path" at Port-la-Joye-Fort Amherst National
Historic Site, Prince Edward Island. The trail has a series of interpretive
panels and will be the future home of a monument marking the Deportation of
the Acadians which shaped the history of Prince Edward Island and Canada.
    The interpretation panels explain how four cultures, Mi'kmaq, French,
Acadian and British, each played an important role in the history at this site
and the area.
    "Thanks to our Government's investment, future generations will have the
opportunity to learn about and appreciate the Acadian community's contribution
to our region, and to our country," said Minister MacKay. "We are proud to
partner with the Société Saint Thomas d'Aquin in their recognition of Prince
Edward Island's Acadian heritage.
    The trail and exhibit were opened in conjunction with celebrations to
mark National Acadian Day (August 15). Along with the opening of the trail,
Parks Canada announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with La
Société Saint Thomas D'Aquin. The Society will erect a monument at the
Port-la-Joye-Fort Amherst National Historic Site commemorating the 250th
anniversary of the 1758 Deportation of the Acadians from Prince Edward Island.
    Canada's Government has contributed more than $135,000, from the Atlantic
Canada Opportunities Agency, the Department of Canadian Heritage and Parks
Canada for the 250th anniversary of the Deportation of the Acadians.
Commemoration activities, in addition to the exhibit and the future monument
at the Port-la-Joye-Fort Amherst National Historic Site, will ensure that the
Deportation of the Acadians 250 years ago is remembered today and by future
generations.

    (Also available on the Internet at www.pc.gc.ca under Media room.)




For further information:

For further information: Jewel Cunningham, Field Unit Superintendent,
Prince Edward Island, Parks Canada, (902) 566-7050 6


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