Protecting And Presenting National Historic Sites

The protection and presentation of national historic sites, regardless of ownership, are major objectives of Canada's national commemorative program. In the case of national historic sites administered by Parks Canada, protection and presentation are fundamental to commemoration since without protection there can be no historic site to be enjoyed, and without presentation there can be no understanding of why the site is important to our history and, hence, to all Canadians.

Protecting and presenting national historic sites administered by Parks Canada is dealt with in the Cultural Resource Management Policy, which serves as the overall management policy for Parks Canada - administered national historic sites (see Part III of this document). Cultural resource management is based on the ethic that respect for the legacy represented by resources should influence all actions and activities related to those resources, so that the people of Canada may benefit from and enjoy this legacy now and in the future.