Tourism, Culture, Industry, Innovation
February 19, 2019

Provincial Government Celebrates National Heritage Day

The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of the Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, attended National Heritage Day festivities held today at St. Bonaventure’s College in St. John’s.

As part of event, Minister Mitchelmore presented the Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Foundation’s overall winner of the 2019 Heritage Day Poster Contest to Brooklynn Nichols, a Grade Four student at Cape St. Francis Elementary in Pouch Cove.

Other winners include Nate Smallwood, a Grade One student at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Corner Brook; Makayla Drake, a Grade Seven student at Ecole Sainte-Anne, La Grand Terre (Mainland); and Jillian Flynn, a Grade 12 student at Waterford Valley High School in St. John’s.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Foundation also announced three new Registered Heritage Structure Designations:

  • Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, Open Hall
  • Pilley's Island Methodist Church, School and Churchyard
  • Adam's Cove Methodist School Hall>

The Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation provides nearly $485,000 to the Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Foundation for annual operational support to deliver the Registered Heritage Structure Program and Intangible Cultural Heritage Program. The department also provides over $1.3 million to 121 heritage and Indigenous groups across the province through the Heritage Component of the Cultural Economic Development Program.

As part of The Way Forward, Government is committed to a new Cultural Action Plan to help set priorities and key actions towards supporting and sustaining the cultural sector. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at

“Our government is committed to supporting the preservation and presentation of the Newfoundland and Labrador’s heritage resources. We recognize that today’s young people will one day be the custodians of our province’s built heritage. That’s what makes this Heritage Places Poster Contest so important as it allows students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to get creative, and share why local heritage places are important to them. I commend the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador for protecting, preserving and promoting our built heritage - and I congratulate all of this year’s Heritage Poster participants and winners."
Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry, and Innovation

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