Since 1991, Saskatchewan has recognized the third Monday in February as Heritage Day, a national event that brings attention to our rich heritage and traditions. This year, the Government of Saskatchewan has proclaimed Feb. 20 to 26, as Heritage Week in Saskatchewan.
Saskatchewan’s historic places are many and varied. They include ancient camps and hunting sites, ceremonial places, fur trade posts, town halls, schools, homes, barns, warehouses, churches, grain elevators, banks, general stores, parks and much more.
"Heritage Week is a great way to showcase our vibrant culture and demonstrate how heritage in all its forms contributes to our economy, our sense of place and our enviable quality of life," Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Bill Hutchinson said.
"I encourage communities and cultural organizations to celebrate Heritage Week by promoting their local museum or historic site, organizing a heritage walking tour or hosting a community cultural celebration. Heritage Week is a time to learn, discover, celebrate and honour our shared past."
This year, there are two new Provincial Heritage Property designations: the Fish Lake Métis Settlement and the Moose Mountain Chalet and Cabins.
As part of an active, vibrant tourism industry, historic places bring visitors to our communities. Celebrate Heritage Week by learning more about the historic places in your community and around the province.
The Saskatchewan Register of Heritage Property www.tpcs.gov.sk.ca/heritage-property-search can help you find historic places designated as Municipal or Provincial Heritage Property www.tpcs.gov.sk.ca/Designation.
There are many Heritage Week activity ideas in the Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport's online Heritage Awareness Kit. To check those out, please visit www.tpcs.gov.sk.ca/heritageweek2012.