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Parks Canada Announces Funding for Confederation Centre of the Arts in support of ‘The Story of Confederation' Initiative

March 24, 2015

‘The Story of Confederation' will provide new opportunities for visitors to learn about Province House National Historic Site and the Charlottetown Conference of 1864

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) - Today, the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Regional Minister for Prince Edward Island, on behalf of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced support to the Confederation Centre of the Arts for The Story of Confederation program. Through this program, visitors to Confederation Centre of the Arts and the historic grounds surrounding Province House National Historic Site will have an opportunity to learn about Province House, the birthplace of Confederation and the site of the Charlottetown Conference of 1864.

Parks Canada will provide $839,000 in funding, as well as in-kind support valued at $89,000 over three years, to support the development and delivery of The Story of Confederation program. This program will support Parks Canada's priority of telling the story of Province House while the building is closed for the $20.05 million conservation project. These experiences will build lasting, memorable connections between visitors and this very important symbol of Canadian history.

This exciting new program will offer captivating heritage experiences and present the birth of the nation story in new and innovative ways, including: an all-new feature film, "A Building of Destiny," interpretive panels and new exhibitions, including a stunning replica of the Confederation Chamber, interpretation from the Confederation Players program, and a marketplace kiosk on the historic grounds of Province House during peak season which will offer reception and orientation for the Story of Confederation program and access to Explora - the official Parks Canada Province House app.

The Story of Confederation program will be ready for visitors by the summer of 2015. For updates on the status of this program, please consult Confederation Centre of the Arts online at: confederationcentre.com.

Quick Facts

- The Government of Canada is committed to the conservation of Province House National Historic Site and has announced $20.05 Million in funding for a three- to five-year conservation project.

- Parks Canada is a leader in our communities, in Canada, and internationally in the protection of historic heritage and its commitment to preserving the unique and authentic history of Province House will remain paramount throughout the conservation project.

- The Confederation Centre of the Arts was created in 1964 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference and is Canada's national memorial to the Fathers of Confederation. Parks Canada and the Confederation Centre of the Arts' shared mandate of bringing to life the story of the founding of Canada will be realized through The Story of Confederation program.

- The Confederation Players Program is a youth theatre and heritage program at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Now entering its 26th year of operation, the program brings to life Canadian and Island history and the events of the Charlottetown Conference through vignettes, walking tours, and in-character interactions.

Quotes

"Our Government is pleased to support the Confederation Centre of the Arts and The Story of Confederation initiative. Through this initiative, the story of Province House, as well as its significance to Confederation, will be shared with Canadians as we approach the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017."
The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Regional Minister for PEI

"Confederation Centre has long enjoyed a significant relationship with Province House National Historic Site and Parks Canada. The Centre was conceived - both architecturally and conceptually - to amplify and reflect the importance of Province House and the 1864 Charlottetown Conference. Through these new initiatives, we look forward to strengthening this partnership and presenting new, valued heritage experiences for visitors to P.E.I."
Jessie Inman, CEO, Confederation Centre of the Arts.

Associated Links

www.pc.gc.ca/provincehouse

www.confederationcentre.com

 

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Contacts

Jennifer Stewart
Communications Officer
Parks Canada, PEI Field Unit
902-672-6389
Jennifer.Stewart@pc.gc.ca

Media Relations
Parks Canada
855-862-1812

Fraser McCallum
Communications Manager
Confederation Centre of the Arts
902-628-6135
fmccallum@confederationcentre.com