Government of Canada provides funding and support for grand pré UNESCO World Heritage Site Nomination

    GRAND PRE, NS, Feb. 16 /CNW/ - Representing the federal government, the
Honourable Senator Gérald Comeau today announced federal funding of
$211,348.50 and in-kind support for the Grand Pré UNESCO World Heritage Site
    "The contribution of the expertise of Parks Canada and the financial
assistance of ACOA will provide the necessary resources for this important
project to proceed," said Senator Comeau, speaking on behalf of the Honourable
Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks
Canada, and the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of State, Atlantic Canada
Opportunities Agency.
    The Grand Pré site proposed for designation as a World Heritage Site, as
a cultural landscape, includes the national historic site, the dykelands and
some of the surrounding area.
    "The Government of Canada is proud to support the work of residents and
Acadian communities towards this nomination," said Senator Comeau. "The values
that Grand Pré wants to share with the world, those of hope, pride and
perseverance, are an inspiration for us all and for generations to come. This
special place celebrates the pride of working the land and stresses the
importance of preserving a rural way of life."
    The UNESCO nomination examines the significant events that occurred in
the Grand Pré area from the perspective of natural history, Mi'kmaq history,
Acadian history, Planter history, and community values to identify the
outstanding universal value.
    The proposal involves the collaboration of many groups and stakeholders,
including the local area community, the Municipality of Kings County, the
Société Promotion Grand-Pré, the Province of Nova Scotia, Parks Canada and the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, all working together towards a common
sustainable vision for the protection and promotion of the Grand Pré area.

For further information:

For further information: Claude DeGrâce, Manager, National Historic
Sites, Northern New Brunswick, Parks Canada, (506) 851-3084, Fax: (506)
851-7079; Christophe Rivet, Acting Manager, Planning, Social Science, and
Aboriginal Initiatives, Atlantic Service Centre, Parks Canada Agency, (902)
426-5918, Fax: (902) 426-9199; (Also available on the Internet at
under What's new.)

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