Government of Canada commemorates the national historic significance of Frontier College

    TORONTO, May 22 /CNW Telbec/ - On behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice,
Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr.
Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London, today unveiled a
Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque commemorating the historic
significance of Frontier College. A ceremony marking the importance of the
event and its impact on the history of Canada was held today at Gzowski House,
Frontier College national headquarters.
    "Frontier College has been an important educational institution in Canada
for over 100 years," declared Mr. Preston. "Today's commemoration by Canada's
Government will help to ensure that the establishment of Frontier College as
an event of national significance will be remembered and appreciated by
generations to come."
    Established in 1899 by travelling missionary Alfred Fitzpatrick, Frontier
College filled an important gap in the education system by instituting a
program of teacher-labourers to teach basic skills to workers in isolated
areas. Frontier College later became the first institution in the world to
offer an extramural university degree program directed at workers.
    "Today's commemoration of Frontier College is a very fine example of what
Canada's Government is doing to keep our heritage alive. Each element of our
historic heritage has a story to tell, and each one offers Canadians unique
opportunities to connect and experience our shared past," said Minister
Prentice. "Our Government is proud to commemorate and preserve Frontier
College's place in Canada's vast and rich cultural heritage."
    In 1977, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO) recognized Frontier College internationally by awarding
it the Literacy Prize (also known as The Mohammad Reza Pahlavi Prize) for its
meritorious work in the field of adult education. Today, Frontier College
continues its work as a national literacy organization and a provider of
literacy services in cities, rural areas and aboriginal communities across

    Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises
the Minister of the Environment regarding the national historic significance
of places, people and events that have marked Canada's history. The placement
of a commemorative plaque represents an official recognition of historic
value. It is one means of informing the public about the richness of our
cultural heritage, which must be preserved for present and future generations.

For further information:

For further information: about the designation of Frontier College as a
National Historic Event: Ron Dale, Parks Canada, (905) 468-6600,; Information about Frontier College: Frank Clarke, Media
Relations, Frontier College, (416) 923-3591, ext. 308,; (Also available on the Internet at
under Media Room.)

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