Aboriginal Art program on display at Kouchibouguac and Fundy National
MONCTON, NB, June 19, 2015 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rob Moore, Regional
Minister for New Brunswick, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada
Opportunities Agency) and Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal, on
behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment
and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today invited Canadians to
join Parks Canada in New Brunswick to celebrate National Aboriginal
On June 21st, Canadians recognize National Aboriginal Day - a day to celebrate the
unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of
Aboriginal peoples. In support of National Aboriginal Day, visitors to
Fundy National Park and Kouchibouguac National Park are invited to meet
local Aboriginal artists and learn more about New Brunswick's
Aboriginal culture and heritage. Artists will be on-site between 11:00
a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
This special event is part of an Aboriginal art program with displays at
Fundy National Park and Kouchibouguac National Park during the 2015
visitor season. The program is a collaboration with the Assembly of
First Nations' Chiefs in New Brunswick (AFNCNB).
Parks Canada builds and strengthens its relationship with Aboriginal
communities through presentation and interpretation of Aboriginal
heritage at its sites, and by encouraging economic partnerships and
opportunities with local Aboriginal peoples and communities.
From hand-woven baskets to jewelry and skin products, a range of
authentic crafts and artwork produced by AFNCNB member artists is now
available for purchase at Fundy National Park and Kouchibouguac
Fundy National Park is located within the traditional lands of the
Mi'kmaq and Maliseet peoples. The Park is proud to celebrate Aboriginal
peoples through meaningful cultural events such as the Fundy Mawew, and
to play host to traditional Aboriginal ceremonies such as sweat lodges.
Kouchibouguac National Park is located within the traditional lands of
the Mi'kmaq people. The Park is proud to have a strong collaborative
relationship with First Nations in particular with regards to its
resource conservation efforts, and is also very fortunate to have First
Nation interpreters who enrich visitor experience through meaningful
aboriginal interpretive programming throughout the season.
In cooperation with Aboriginal organizations such as the AFNCNB, the
Government of Canada chose June 21st, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day. For generations,
many Aboriginal peoples and communities have celebrated their culture
and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer
solstice as the longest day of the year.
"Our Government is committed to promoting Aboriginal peoples' historical
connection to our national parks and sharing these stories with
Canadians. The Aboriginal Art program in the Fundy and Kouchibouguac
National Parks is one way that we are celebrating the significant
contribution of First Nations to the cultural heritage of the Fundy and
Acadian coastal regions."
The Honourable Rob Moore
Regional Minister for New Brunswick, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada
Opportunities Agency) and Member of Parliament for Fundy Royal
"The Assembly of First Nations Chiefs in New Brunswick is proud to be
working with Parks Canada to fulfill its mandate supporting and
promoting Aboriginal culture in New Brunswick. Through the Aboriginal
Art Program and other collaborative initiatives, we are sharing our
heritage with Parks Canada's visitors from around the world."
Indigenous Knowledge Specialist and Research Director,
Assembly of First Nations Chiefs in New Brunswick
SOURCE Government of Canada
For further information:
Jonathan Lefebvre, Office of the Minister of the Environment, 819-997-1441; Kelsie Corey, Director of Communications, Office of the Honourable Rob Moore, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, 613-941-7241; Livia Goodbrand, External Relations Manager, New Brunswick South Field Unit, 506-887-6394, firstname.lastname@example.org; Sylvie Robichaud, External Relations Manager, New Brunswick North Field Unit, 506-961-0418, email@example.com