For Immediate Release
Friday, May 31, 2019
Prince Albert, Sk. – The Museums Association of Saskatchewan (MAS) awarded the Prince Albert Historical Society with the Award of Merit – Institution, Projects with a Budget Under $50,000, for the creation of a new Indigenous space in the Prince Albert Historical Museum. The Prince Albert Historical Society received the award at the MAS Awards Luncheon at the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon today.
The exhibit, which opened April 21st, is in the Connaught Room at the Historical Museum. The pictures and artifacts in the exhibit were selected and documented through consultations with a group of First Nations and Metis Knowledge Keepers creating an important permanent collection of Indigenous history. The exhibits will be labelled both in English and the language of the tribal groups represented – Swampy Cree, Plains Cree, Woodland Cree, Dene and Dakota.
The Historical Society renovated the Connaught Room to better highlight this exhibit. It was recommended by the Knowledge Keepers to have Indigenous art in the form of large murals created along the top of the new space. Artists Leah Dorion and Kevin Pee-ace worked with community groups to create and paint the murals.
The permanent Indigenous space is available to view at the Prince Albert Historical Museum which is open daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. through August 30th. The project was supported by funding from the Prince Albert Historical Society, Northern Lights Community Development Corporation, Saskatchewan Arts Board and the City of Prince Albert Public Art Partnership Stimulus Fund.
Michelle Taylor, manager/curator of the Historical Museum accepted the MAS award on behalf of the Historical Society.
For more information please contact:
Prince Albert Historical Museum