The federal government is providing Wanuskewin Heritage Park with significant funding for a new education facility and Indigenous art gallery.
Canadian Heritage parliamentary secretary Sean Casey announced the $2.5 million in funding Wednesday morning, saying the money would help people learn about the history of the land.
“Wanuskewin Heritage Park tells such an important story — that of the Northern Plains Indigenous Peoples,” he said in a statement.
“This part of Canada’s history needs to be preserved, shared and celebrated.”
The federal funds are being directed towards phase one of the park’s renewal, which includes expanding the current interpretive centre.
Plans include the addition of an Indigenous art gallery that meets museum standards, a great hall and an education centre called the “Wanuskewin Institute.”
“Wanuskewin Heritage Park is delighted to accept this generous contribution,” board chair Candace Wasacase-Lafferty said in a statement.
“We are so grateful to be able to improve our infrastructure that will ultimately house the pursuit of knowledge, interaction with stories past and the many interpretations of how people have interacted with Wanuskewin.”
The park’s renewal is part of a bid to become a UNESCO world heritage site, which also includes a plan to re-introduce bison to the park.