Harper Government Invests in Tourism in Prince George

PRINCE GEORGE, BC, July 9, 2012 /CNW/ - An investment from the Government of Canada will give Prince George's residents and visitors access to a new educational and cultural experience this summer. This was announced today by Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament (Prince George-Peace River), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Funding is supporting the Fraser-Fort George Museum Society to host the travelling exhibition Profit + Ambition: The Canadian Fur Trade 1779-1821. This exhibition, from the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, showcases the story of Canadian fur trade pioneers and the impact of the industry on the development of Western Canada. The interactive exhibition is currently underway and will be on display until September 9, 2012. It is expected to attract 5,000 people.

"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in projects that boost tourism and strengthen our economy," said Minister Moore. "By supporting the Fraser-Fort George Museum Society, we are delivering on our commitment to strengthen Canada's economy and support our arts, culture, and heritage."

"The entrepreneurial spirit has always been strong in the Fraser-Fort George area," said Mr. Zimmer. "This exhibit sheds light on the people that founded this diverse, prosperous area, and how their drive and ambition shaped the world we live in today. This exhibition will increase tourism in Prince George and help stimulate the local economy."

"We appreciate the support provided by the Government of Canada to bring this important exhibit to Prince George," said Tracey Calogheros, Fraser-Fort George Museum Society CEO. "This funding enables us to bring an important part of our history to life and educate both visitors and residents about the pioneering spirit that founded the West."

Since 1958, the Fraser-Fort George Museum Society has been gathering and preserving information and records to create and sustain a unique participatory museum of regional history, science, and technology in Prince George. The Society is committed to providing learning opportunities that foster an understanding of significant past and current issues shaping Canada's economy and that link experiences within the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George to Canada and the world.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $15,000 through the Museums Assistance Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to the treasures of our collective heritage.

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information:

(media only), please contact:

Sébastien Gariépy
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

Perry Boldt
Regional Manager
Western Region
Canadian Heritage

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage

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


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