Harper Government Invests in War of 1812 Commemorations and the Battle of Crysler’s Farm
MORRISBURG, Ontario, August 2, 2012 - An investment from the Harper Government will promote tourism in the Eastern Ontario region. Funding for the St. Lawrence Parks Commission’s Battle of Crysler’s Farm – War of 1812 Project was announced today by Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament (Stormont–Dundas–South Glengarry), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
This funding will support the creation of materials for the Battle of Crysler’s Farm interpretive centre, which will encourage visitors to increase their knowledge of this significant event. The 200th anniversary of this battle will be the signature War of 1812 event in Eastern Ontario in 2013.
“The commemoration of this battle and its importance in the outcome of the War of 1812 reminds us how people of different backgrounds and various regions came together to fight for Canada and defend our land, ensuring the independent destiny of our country,” said Minister Moore. “This project will provide a great opportunity for Canadians to learn more about our collective past and strengthen our national pride.”
“The Battle of Crysler’s Farm was a significant event in the history of our region,” said Mr. Lauzon. “With the help of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, we will share this part of our heritage with the many visitors that come here every year and teach them about our ancestors’ role in shaping Canada.”
“The Government of Canada’s generous contribution will be directed towards the new dynamic, realistic dioramas which ensure that an enduring image of the peoples at the battle scene is impressed upon the memory of all Canadians who visit,” said Darren Dalgleish, General Manager and CEO of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission. “A deeper understanding of the pivotal role this battle played within the context of the broader War of 1812 in North America will also be instilled through a series of new interpretive panels being created.”
The St. Lawrence Parks Commission is an agency of the Province of Ontario. The Commission operates Upper Canada Village, a re-creation of a 19th century village.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $80,000 to the St. Lawrence Parks Commission through Canadian Heritage’s 1812 Commemoration Fund. The Fund supports community-based projects to foster greater awareness and understanding of the importance of this conflict. This is in addition to funding of $2.3 million from the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund for projects at Old Fort Henry in Kingston and at Upper Canada Village in fiscal years 2010–2012.
Visit 1812.gc.ca to learn more about the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.
For more information (media only), please contact:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages