SHIP HEC­TOR GETS FED­ERAL IN­VEST­MENT

Feds, province to help re­ju­ve­nate Hec­tor Her­itage Quay

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The fed­eral and provin­cial govern­ment are join­ing forces with the Town of Pic­tou and the Ship Hec­tor So­ci­ety to help shine a spot­light on the Ship Hec­tor.

In an­tic­i­pa­tion of the 250th an­niver­sary in 2023 of the land­ing of the Ship Hec­tor, the Govern­ment of Canada, the Province of Nova Sco­tia and the Town of Pic­tou are help­ing the Ship Hec­tor So­ci­ety de­velop an in­ter­pre­tive and op­er­a­tional plan to re­ju­ve­nate the Hec­tor Her­itage Quay site to help en­hance its tourism and cul­tural im­pacts for the area.

The in­vest­ment was wel­come news for the Ship Hec­tor So­ci­ety.

“The Ship Hec­tor is to Canada as the Mayflower is to the United States,” said Lau­rie Mac­Don­ald, chair of the Ship Hec­tor So­ci­ety. “The com­bined in­vest­ment in this plan will help rec­og­nize the early Scot­tish set­tlers’ im­pact on North Amer­ica’s devel­op­ment, as well as the im­por­tance of the strong re­la­tion­ship these set­tlers cul­ti­vated with the First Na­tions peo­ple which be­gan with their ar­rival in 1773.”

On Tues­day, Dec. 18, Cen­tral Nova MP Sean Fraser an­nounced ACOAs sup­port of $25,000 to the Ship Hec­tor So­ci­ety for this pro­ject.

“The Hec­tor Her­itage Quay site is a sig­nif­i­cant part of Nova Sco­tia’s his­tory and of­fers in­sight into the story of how the province was first set­tled. This site has been fea­tured on the global stage and drives sig­nif­i­cant traf­fic to the re­gion,” Fraser said.

“This ini­tia­tive will strengthen the Hec­tor Her­itage Quay, share this province’s rich his­tory and en­sure it lives on for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

Nova Sco­tia Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ties, Cul­ture and Her­itage Leo Glavine said the in­vest­ment in the Hec­tor Her­itage Quay site will high­light the province’s her­itage and al­low Nova Sco­tians and vis­i­tors to dis­cover more about a sig­nif­i­cant part of the area’s his­tory.

“Through the Cul­ture Ac­tion Plan, we are build­ing stronger com­mu­ni­ties and pre­serv­ing and shar­ing the di­ver­sity of cul­tures that con­sti­tutes our provin­cial iden­tity,” he said.

The province is con­tribut­ing $10,000 to the pro­ject.

Pic­tou Mayor Jim Ryan con­firmed the town will be con­tribut­ing as well although the ex­act amount is sub­ject to their

next bud­get.

He be­lieves it is a worth­while in­vest­ment and said it will help them pre­pare for nec­es­sary re­pairs to the boat and help high­light the role the Ship Hec­tor played in the Scot­tish set­tle­ment of Canada.

“It re­ally has be­come a sig­na­ture at­trac­tion not just for the town but for the Northum­ber­land shore. I think it draws peo­ple to the area,” he said. “I think it should be rec­og­nized for the his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance it has.”

FILE PHOTO

The Hec­tor, as it can be found at the Hec­tor Her­itage Quay, at the Pic­tou wa­ter­front.

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