VANCOUVER, July 3, 2013 /CNW/ - Andrew Saxton, Parliamentary Secretary
to the President of the Treasury Board and for Western Economic
Diversification and Member of Parliament (North Vancouver), on behalf
of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and
Official Languages, today announced support for a new collections
management initiative at the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park.
"While we are building a great new national museum at the future
Canadian Museum of History, we are also supporting other organizations
across the country, like the Vancouver Aquarium, who are stewards of
shared natural history," said Mr. Saxton. "As part of the new Canada
History Fund, our Government is committed to making digital resources
available to Canadians so that they can learn more about Canada. These
invaluable online resources are an important resource tool for teachers
and classrooms all across the country."
Funding will allow the Vancouver Aquarium to implement a new digital
content accessibility system that will preserve and protect digital
media collections. The system will allow the Aquarium to store and
manage its 65,000 digital media assets, which will modernize the
development of exhibits, school programs and research efforts using
digital media. The plan is to provide the general public with access to
some of these collections so they can tell their own stories using the
stunning pictures and videos of the natural world.
"Beginning on Canada Day 2013, Canadians from coast to coast to coast
will mark the first-ever Canada History Week," added Minister Moore.
"During Canada History Week, I encourage all Canadians to visit a
museum, tour one of our great national historic sites, or speak to a
veteran, and learn what makes Canada the united, strong, and free
country we live in today."
"After years of planning, we're pleased to receive vital funding from
the Government of Canada to help create a much-needed digital media
asset management system," says Jeff Heywood, Vancouver Aquarium
director of content. "This system enables us to preserve impactful
images and footage of Canada's natural history, along with the amazing
conservation work we lead at the Aquarium. It also sets the foundation
for a publicly available access point for Canadians to use in the
Located in Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium is a non-profit society
dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life. The Aquarium is
well-known for its conservation programs such as its nation-wide Ocean
Wise™ program and Marine Mammal Rescue Centre. Since opening its doors
in 1956, more than 40 million people have visited the Aquarium.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $40,280 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
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