Over the past four to five thousand years, many people lived at l’Anse aux Meadows,
the earliest known European settlement in the New World.L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site, Newfoundland and Labrador.
© Parks Canada
The system of national historic commemorations was also recalibrating. During the last half of the century, increasing numbers of Aboriginal peoples, women and ethnic groups were recognized and designated as national historic people and events. Their inclusion diversifies our collective perspective of the Canadian story and rights a long-held historical bias.
Meanwhile Parks Canada undertook painstaking restorations and reconstructions of major national historic sites. The iconic Halifax Citadel, the impressive Dawson Historical Complex, and the thousand-year-old Norse settlement of L’Anse aux Meadows all benefited from the expertise of curators, historical researchers, archaeologists and other skilled scientists whose purpose is to “do it right.”
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