The story of the Glen­garry Cairn

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - Q. Is the site closed to the pub­lic? Will it be ac­ces­si­ble to the pub­lic in the fu­ture?

As part of Parks Canada’s un­prece­dented $3 bil­lion in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment pro­gram, the Glen­garry Cairn Na­tional His­toric Site will re­ceive ap­prox­i­mately $693,000 to sta­bi­lize the cairn and pre­serve its place as a cultural land­mark of Scot­tish mil- itary her­itage. Work is sched­uled to be com­pleted this fall.

Through this his­toric in­vest­ment in na­tional his­toric sites, na­tional parks and na­tional ma­rine con­ser­va­tion ar­eas, Parks Canada is pro­tect­ing and pre­serv­ing our trea­sured places.

Please note that this is the sec­ond phase of con­ser­va­tion projects on the is­land. In 2010, the is­land shore­line was sta­bi­lized to pro­tect against ero­sion.

The Is­land re­mains closed to the pub­lic and there are no plans to re-open it. The cairn is be­ing sta­bi­lized to pre­serve its place as a cultural land­mark of Scot­tish mil­i­tary her­itage that can be viewed from shore or on the wa­ter.

In ad­di­tion to the Glen­garry Cairn, Tsikatsi­nakwa­here, or Cairn Is­land, holds im­por­tant Indige­nous cultural value that pre-dates the con­struc­tion of the cairn. The pro­tec­tion and preser­va­tion of the is­land’s over­all cultural sig­nif­i­cance is of ut­most im­por­tance to Parks Canada and there­fore ac­cess to the is­land will re­main re­stricted. How­ever, Parks Canada is work­ing on other means of shar­ing the story of Glen­garry Cairn Na­tional His­toric Site and Cairn Is­land, such as through a pub­licly ac­ces­si­ble in­ter­pre­tive el­e­ment that may in­clude in­ter­pre­tive pan­els on the main­land. Parks Canada will de­velop an in­ter­pre­ta­tion plan in col­lab­o­ra­tion with with the Town­ship of South Glen­garry and the Mo­hawk of Ak­we­sasne. More in­for­ma­tion will be shared when it is avail­able.

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