The Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site of Canada
Landmarks and symbols of Canadian identity, national historic sites of Canada are first and foremost dedicated to commemoration. Each site has his own significance and contributes, in its own way, to the commemoration of Canadian History. The commemorative intent of a historic site, i.e. the element to be commemorated specifically on the site, is closely connected with the special features that cause its national significance to be recognized and which, in the final analysis, justify its existence as part of the system of national historic sites. Generally speaking, the commemorative intent of a site is defined on the basis of the recommendations of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC).
The commemorative intent of the Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site of Canada has been defined as follows :
The Fur Trade at Lachine National Historic Site commemorates the fur trade in the Montreal area.
© Parks Canada/A. Kedl 2002
Under the Parks Canada Agency Act (1998), Parks Canada is entrusted with ensuring the commemorative integrity of our national historic sites. Sections 32.(1) and 32.(2) of the act require each historic site administered by the Agency to draw up a management plan that must be submitted to Parliament every five years. The management plan is used to implement general Parks Canada policy at the local level and is approved by the minister after public consultation. It sets the course for the long-term development and management of each national historic site and serves as a framework for subsequent management activities and for the planning and implementation of site-related projects. One of the goals of the management plan is to assure the commemorative integrity of the site, notably through application of the principles and practices of cultural resources management. Along with this strategic objective, the plan also determines measures to implement in order to deliver educational experiences that meet visitor expectations and foster appreciation of the historic site.
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