In honour of Remembrance Day, a new web feature entitled A Place of Honour: War Casualties Commemorated in NWT Place Names is available on the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre’s website. The webpage features lists of Second World War casualties, Victoria Cross recipients, Wartime Naval losses, Canadian Military Actions and Military Commanders.“Hundreds of lakes, rivers and landmarks in the Northwest Territories (NWT) are named after the many brave Canadian men and women who gave their lives in service of their country,” says the Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Jackson Lafferty. “The courageous efforts of these individuals during the Second World War helped ensure Canadian sovereignty and establish Canada as a major player on the world stage. It is an honour to have so many NWT Place Names commemorating these individuals.”
In total, 316 NWT place names and geographic features commemorate Second World War casualties, Victoria Cross winners, military leaders and naval actions. This includes fifty-six lakes and two rivers named in honour of Royal Canadian Navy and Commonwealth ships sunk or badly damaged during World War II.
In honour of Remembrance Day, take time this month to remember all our Canadian veterans and the men and women serving today by learning about these NWT commemorative locations. To view the complete listings of War Casualties Commemorated in NWT Place Names, visit www.pwnhc.ca.
For more information, contact:
Public Affairs Officer
Education, Culture and Employment
Phone: (867) 920-3059
Amazing Family Sundays returns to the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre this Sunday, November 7, with the opening of the René Fumoleau exhibit, Seasons of Beauty. The exhibit will be on display until May 2011.
The display parallels the launch of Rene’s new photo book: Way Down North: Dene Life – Dene Land, in which he captures the changing seasons and changing times of Denendeh – the land of the people. Way Down North is a celebration of beauty, highlighting a selection of the thousands of photos René took while living and learning among the Dene.“René Fumoleau took thousands of photographs, documenting Dene life in the Northwest Territories during his 57 years in the north,” says Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, Jackson Lafferty. “We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to catch a glimpse into the beauty of life and the land through René’s lens.”
Seasons of Beauty is a display of 21 photographs showing the beauty of the four seasons of life and land. René generously donated his photographs and records to the NWT Archives, and over 15,000 of René’s images and an on-line version of the exhibit can be found at www.pwnhc.ca.
“There is beauty in the wind, in the sunset, in children, in creation, in the peaceful face of the old, in the hope in children’s eyes,” René Fumoleau says. “We will see it if we are very attentive to the present moment.”
This event, which runs from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m, is the first of the museum’s Amazing Family Sundays fall lineup. Admission is free and visitors of all ages are invited. Other Amazing Sundays programs are scheduled for November 14th, 21st and December 5th.
For more information, contact:
Barb Cameron, Director
Culture and Heritage Division
Department of Education, Culture and Employment
Phone: (867) 873-7551