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Sharing Nova Scotias Mikmaq Culture and Heritage

first_imgTOURISM, CULTURE AND HERITAGE–Sharing Nova Scotia’s Mi’kmaqCulture and Heritage Visitors will soon be able to learn more about Nova Scotia’sunique Mi’kmaq culture and heritage thanks to a new interpretivecentre in Truro. The Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage is investing$300,000 towards the development of the Glooscap InterpretiveCentre, which will be built on the Truro Power Centre property,adjacent to Highway 102. The project will be jointly managed bythe Central Nova Tourist Association and the Millbrook BandCouncil. “Being located along Highway 102 will help entice visitors tostop and learn more about Mi’kmaq culture and everything CentralNova Scotia has to offer,” said Jamie Muir, Minister ofEducation, on behalf of Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism,Culture and Heritage. “A high-quality, Aboriginal tourismattraction will bring economic benefits to the region and theprovince.” The province’s one-time grant will support the design anddevelopment of interpretive panels and displays for showcasingMi’kmaq artifacts. It also will support site preparation, andengineering and architectural design work. The Glooscap Interpretive Centre will showcase Mi’kmaq heritage,with a special emphasis on the legendary Mi’kmaq figure,Glooscap. “This investment will go a long way towards making ourinterpretive centre a reality,” said Lawrence Paul, chief,Millbrook Band Council. “The centre will promote the legend,tradition, and culture not only for Millbrook First Nation butfor the whole Mi’kmaq Nation as Glooscap is a legend for allMi’kmaq.” Nova Scotia’s 2005 Tourism Plan identified a need to developenhanced interpretation and interactive cultural heritageactivities. Today’s investment is part of $15 million in funding announced byMr. MacDonald in December 2004. That funding is designed to helpboost Nova Scotia’s tourism industry in the areas of marketing,product development, and regional tourism initiatives.last_img read more