The Commemorative Integrity Statement
(Excerpt of the Commemorative Integrity Statement of Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Site of Canada, 2007, Parks Canada, page 13)
Commemorative integrity is a concept used at Parks Canada to describe, plan and monitor the state and integrity of national historic sites. When a site’s commemorative integrity is measured, the following three aspects are evaluated separately: the state of its resources, the effectiveness in which its national importance is conveyed and the management practices used at the site.
A commemorative integrity statement was drafted for the Battle of the Châteauguay
National Historic Site. Approved in 1999, the statement includes the site’s commemorative intent, describes its cultural resources and assigns them a value, and identifies messages relating to its designation as a place of national historic significance. The commemorative integrity statement also sets objectives to be met in terms of the protection of cultural resources and the communication of messages of national historic significance. The commemorative integrity statement is a reference framework that establishes what constitutes the desired state of the site; the difference between the desired state and existing site conditions determines specific management measures aimed at preserving and presenting the site.
The commemorative intent for the Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Site of
Canada is as follows:
The Battle of the Châteauguay National Historic Site of Canada commemorates
the importance of the feat of arms that took place on October 26, 1813, and the role played by the combatants in defending Canada against the United States during the War of 1812-1814.