Government of Canada Appoints Three Outstanding Canadians to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada
June 11, 2018 Ottawa, Ontario Parks Canada Agency
Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, announced the appointment of three distinguished Canadians to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC):
- Lisa Prosper, from Inuvik, Northwest Territories, is a scholar and public speaker, presenting and publishing nationally and internationally on cultural landscape theory and practice, notably relating to Indigenous cultural heritage. Ms. Prosper’s appointment was effective March 26, 2018.
- Timothy Christian, from North Saanich, British Columbia, is a Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta. He has published and practiced extensively in the fields of constitutional, administrative and labour law, and has decades of experience in mediation, facilitation and negotiation at the provincial and federal levels. Mr. Christian’s appointment was effective May 19, 2018.
- Bernard Thériault, from Caraquet, New Brunswick, represented the Caraquet region as Member of Provincial Parliament from 1987 to 2000. Now a retired public servant, Mr. Thériault served the New Brunswick government for over twenty five years, including ten years spent as an historian and curator in its heritage branch. Mr. Thériault’s appointment is effective June 13, 2018.
The members will be part of the Board which is comprised of a representative from each province and territory, as well as the Librarian and Archivist of Canada, an officer of the Canadian Museum of History, and an officer of the Parks Canada Agency.
Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada advises the Minister of Environment and Climate Change regarding the national historic significance of places, people and events that have contributed to Canada’s history. Together with Parks Canada, the Board ensures that subjects of national historic significance are recognized and these important stories are shared with Canadians.
To date, based on recommendations from the Board, the Government of Canada has designated over 2,000 national historic sites, events and persons. Each of these designations contributes its own unique story to the greater story of Canada, and helps us better understand our country and our identity.
“The Government is committed to connecting Canadians to the significant people, places and events that have shaped our country’s rich and varied history. The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plays a pivotal role in ensuring that Canada’s diverse heritage is remembered and better understood, now and for future generations. With their knowledge and passion for history, these three distinguished Canadians will become valuable members of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.”
The Honourable Catherine McKenna,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada
- The Government of Canada is committed to an open, transparent and merit-based process for selecting Governor in Council appointees, to encourage continued trust in Canada’s democracy and ensure the integrity of its public institutions. The selection process reflects the fundamental role that Governor in Council appointees play in our democracy as they serve on commissions, boards, Crown corporations, agencies, and tribunals across the country.
- The Board will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019.
- In addition to making recommendations regarding designations of national historic significance, the Board also provides advice on Heritage Railway Stations, grave sites of Canadian Prime Ministers, and Heritage Lighthouses.
Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Parks Canada Agency