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Louis Riel - Leader of the Metis

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These places, persons and events define important aspects of Canada's diverse but common heritage and identity. From 1919 to 1999, the Government of Canada has designated more than 800 sites, 500 persons and 300 events as being of national historic significance. Together, they comprise what is known as the system of National Historic Sites of Canada (see Appendix 1).

Photo d'un élévateur à grains, Man. Typiques de
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Image des esclaves réfugiés Le Canada, terre d'asile des esclaves réfugiés, 1850-1865
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Image de Province House, Î.-P.-É. Édifice législatif historique
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Canada's national historic sites form a historical web that crisscrosses the country and binds together our diverse regions into a complex whole.... These places are part of Canada's national history and help me connect to a much larger whole, and define what it means to me to be a Canadian. They are part of my personal past and part of the heritage of any other Canadian.

Alastair Kerr, Heritage Planner, Province of British Columbia, 1997

Winning of the Vote - Struggle of Women

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To be recommended for designation, a site, person or event will have had a nationally significant effect on, or illustrate a nationally important aspect of, the history of Canada. All designations are made by the Minister of Canadian Heritage on the advice of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. The board is an advisory group with representatives from all provinces and territories. It reviews submissions and advises the Minister on the national historic significance of each proposal, relying on a high level of research and the members' collective expertise. Public requests are a very important part of the designation process. All Canadians are invited to make submissions to the Board.
National Historic Sites Of Canada System Plan

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