Canada's New Government Supports the Huronia Museum



    MIDLAND, ON, March 9 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda,
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, Bruce Stanton, Member of
Parliament (Simcoe North), today announced $24,900 in funding for the Huronia
Museum. The funds will be dedicated to a feasibility study for a long-term
expansion plan for the museum.
    "Museums such as this one showcase our rich cultural heritage and make it
accessible to all Canadians," said Minister Oda. "That is why Canada's New
Government is very pleased to support the Huronia Museum. This investment is
important to the Midland area as it will benefit the community and visitors."
    "This museum is a key attraction in the Town of Midland, and Canada's New
Government is pleased to support it," said Mr. Stanton. "The Huronia Museum
houses a collection that vividly captures the history of southern Georgian Bay
from the time of the Ouendat."
    "Huronia Museum is eager to begin work on the feasibility study of
expansion plans to its current facility. This opportunity to determine the
best and most sustainable strategy to maintain and possibly expand relevant
heritage preservation services for our community would not have been possible
without the support of the Cultural Spaces Canada program," said Nahanni Born,
Administrator for Huronia Museum.
    The Huronia Museum houses collections that feature Huron and Ojibway
cultural history, art and artists from the Georgian Bay Region, the marine
history of Georgian Bay, and the local history of the people, communities, and
industries that have served the region for the past four hundred years.
    Canada's New Government has provided this financial support through the
Cultural Spaces Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This
program supports cultural infrastructure projects that increase access for
Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts, and to museum collections,
heritage displays and exhibitions. Funding is also provided for the
construction and renovation of arts and heritage facilities, for the purchase
of specialized equipment, and for feasibility studies and projects to
transform buildings into arts or heritage facilities.

    (This news release is available on the Internet at
    www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)





For further information:

For further information: Véronique Bruneau, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, (819) 997-7788; Dave
Anderson, Executive Assistant, Office of the Member of Parliament for Simcoe
North, (705) 327-0513; Jaime Burke, A/Manager Communications, Canadian
Heritage, Ontario Region, (416) 973-2050


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