Web­site wants Is­lan­ders to snap pho­tos of their favourite build­ings

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

Prince Ed­ward Is­lan­ders are in­vited to take a photo of their favourite build­ing and de­scribe what it means to them.

The sub­mis­sions will help build a snap­shot of ar­chi­tec­ture across Canada as part of a project in cel­e­bra­tion of the coun­try’s 150th birth­day.

Dis­cov­er­ar­chi­tec­ture.ca is a web­site de­voted to ex­am­in­ing how ar­chi­tec­ture im­pacts ev­ery­one, ev­ery­day.

Its goal is to en­gage the pub­lic and, in do­ing so, cre­ate a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing the role of ar­chi­tec­ture has in peo­ple’s daily lives.

The web­site hopes to get the full range of mean­ing­ful ar­chi­tec­ture and built en­vi­ron­ments from coast to coast, whether it’s a well-known land­mark, a cot­tage, a barn or a struc­ture that de­lights some­one.

Peo­ple can share their favourite build­ings us­ing the Twit­ter hash­tag #150bldgsON and the hash­tag of the city or town location of the build­ing.

In­di­cate in 140 char­ac­ters or less why the build­ing is im­por­tant to you.

Im­ages will be fea­tured at dis­cov­er­ar­chi­tec­ture.ca.

The fed­eral gov­ern­ment has pro­vided $70,000 to es­tab­lish a new At­lantic chap­ter of the Abo­rig­i­nal Tourism Association of Canada.

The association will cre­ate a work­ing group made up of At­lantic Canada in­dige­nous tourism in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives to es­tab­lish the or­ga­ni­za­tion and de­velop a plan to align the tourism in­dus­try with its na­tional strat­egy.

The association is also pro­vid­ing $30,000 to­ward the chap­ter’s for­ma­tion.

“The Abo­rig­i­nal Tourism Association of Canada is dili­gently work­ing to en­sure that all prov­inces, re­gions, and ter­ri­to­ries are sup­ported through the devel­op­ment of part­ner­ships such as these,” said Robert Bernard, chair­man of the Abo­rig­i­nal Tourism Association of Canada.

Tourism is an im­por­tant eco­nomic driver in the re­gion, con­tribut­ing to the cre­ation of good mid­dle-class jobs in towns and cities across At­lantic Canada, the association said. In­dige­nous tourism ex­pe­ri­ences of­fer a unique op­por­tu­nity to show­case and share the rich his­tory, cul­ture and tra­di­tion of com­mu­ni­ties across the East Coast.

“In­dige­nous tourism ex­pe­ri­ences share the his­tory, art, tra­di­tions and cul­tures of In­dige­nous Peo­ples with Cana­di­ans and guests from around the world,” said New­found­land MP Gudie Hutch­ings, who is the par­lia­men­tary sec­re­tary for Small Busi­ness and Tourism.

“This in­vest­ment will en­able (the association) to work with In­dige­nous Peo­ples across At­lantic Canada to de­velop that po­ten­tial by grow­ing ex­ist­ing busi­nesses, start­ing new ones, and cre­at­ing new jobs in this re­gion.”

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