The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has recently adopted legislation to allow for the commemoration of aspects of our history and culture that are of provincial significance. The establishment of a Provincial Historic Commemorations Program will allow us to better recognize, honour and interpret our cultural and historic treasures. The designation through this new program is also distinct for its recognition of the intangible aspects of Newfoundland and Labrador history and heritage – the customs, cultural practices, traditional skills and knowledge that define the province and its people.
What is the Provincial Historic
Commemorations Program (PHCP)?
This program gives Newfoundlanders and Labradorians an opportunity to nominate aspects of this province’s culture and heritage that they feel are provincially significant and worthy of recognition.
Nominations fall under the categories of:
• Exceptional People from the Past
• Outstanding Historic Events
• Unique Places
• Distinctive Cultural Traditions and Practices
• Tradition Bearers
Applications should demonstrate that the nomination influenced Newfoundland and Labrador’s history, culture and way of life, and that its impact is recognized as significant province-wide.
How do I nominate something for
Step 1: Download a nomination form and program guidelines.
Step 2: Send in the application by the deadline: June 15 or February 15.
Step 3: Nominations are evaluated by the Provincial Historic Commemorations Board. This Board, appointed by government, is a six-member expert “advisory committee” that meets semi-annually. They advise the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Recreation about designations.
Step 4: Following the review process, the Board will make recommendations for commemorations to The Minister. In some cases, the Board may commission additional research to aid it in evaluating a nomination.
Step 5: Successful nominations are commemorated through a ceremony, commissioned research paper, online multi-media e-plaque and additional educational and outreach initiatives. Successful nominations may receive funding of up to $2,500 to undertake local awareness-raising and legacy projects.
An average of 2-5 commemorations are designated each year. The application process takes an average of 12-18 months.
Where can I learn more about what’s been commemorated?
Go to http://www.seethesites.ca/commemorations-program.aspx
This interactive website has an inventory of all commemorations to date -
each with its own e-plaque. Each e-plaque includes photos, audio-visual
galleries, educational resources, and more.
For further information on the Commemorations Program, contact:
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