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Government of Canada Supports the Preservation of History and Culture at Claybank Brick Plant National Historic Site of Canada

CLAYBANK, SASKATCHEWAN -- (Marketwire) -- 02/11/13 -- On behalf of the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Environment Minister and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Mr. Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament for Palliser, today announced an investment by the Government of Canada in the conservation of Claybank Brick Plant National Historic Site of Canada. The historic site is a former industrial complex that manufactured clay bricks from 1914 to 1989. Bricks manufactured at this site are found in historic structures across the country, including the Chateau Frontenac, the Gravelbourg Ecclesiastical Buildings and the Bessborough hotel in Saskatoon.

"Our Government is committed to the preservation of Canada's irreplaceable national treasures, of which the Claybank Brick Plant National Historic Site is a shining example," said Mr. Boughen. "While Saskatchewan is traditionally known for its proud agrarian history, this site illustrates an important industrial contribution to our national narrative. This funding will help ensure that this unique gem will remain a 'must-see' attraction in the region, continuing to educate and engage future generations."

Through Parks Canada's National Historic Sites Cost-Sharing Program, the Government of Canada is contributing up to $50,000 to support the conservation of a highly threatened kiln within the complex at Claybank Brick Plant National Historic Site of Canada.

"One of our Government's major objectives is to inspire Canadians to develop strong and meaningful connections with Canada's heritage places, like Claybank Brick Plant," said Minister Kent. "Our national historic sites are vital to our history, our identity as Canadians, and our tourism industry. By investing in them and by building lasting relationships with the community groups that operate them, we ensure that they will continue to help support local economies and encourage more Canadians to explore and discover our national heritage."

"The Claybank brickworks represent a significant part of our province's history and a unique heritage site in North America," said Mr. Kevin Doherty, Minister of Parks, Culture and Sport for the Government of Saskatchewan. "Tourism is a $1.7 billion industry in Saskatchewan, and part of our growing province and strong economy. We are lucky to have this attraction and I am very appreciative of the partnership we have struck with Parks Canada, the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation and Claybank Brick Plant Historical Society, all focused on the goal of preserving this important heritage site for both Saskatchewan and Canada."

"The Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation is very pleased to participate in a partnership arrangement that will ensure the much-needed rehabilitation of a significant component of this industrial heritage site," said Wesley Moore, Chairman of the Saskatchewan Heritage Foundation. "Access to this restored brick kiln structure will enhance the educational and visitor experience to this unusual heritage property which represents a unique aspect of the province's history and economic development."

The Cost-Sharing Program reflects the Government of Canada's dedication to protect Canada's heritage through funding towards the conservation of its national historic sites. Through this program, Parks Canada is pleased to continue our efforts to ensure that Canada's historic and natural heritage is protected for the enjoyment, education and appreciation of all Canadians, today and in the future.

For additional information, please see the accompanying backgrounder at www.parkscanada.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contacts:
Adam Sweet
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of the Environment
819-997-1441

Media Relations
Parks Canada
819-953-8371
www.twitter.com/parkscanada

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