First historic commemorations designations announced

Staff ~ The Telegram
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Well-known fiddler Kelly Russell and the site of Dildo Island are the recipients of the province's first ever historic commemorations designations.
The awards, announced today at The Rooms in St. John's, are meant to recognize "distinctive aspects" of the province's history, culture and heritage.
Innovation, Trade and Rural Development Minister Shawn Skinner filled in for Tourism Minister Terry French who is ill with the flu.
But in a news release, French said "Today, for the first time, we have recognized two of our province's cultural and historic treasures, and I have no doubt there will be many more commemorated in the years to come.
"In addition to recognizing persons, places and events of provincial historical significance, the Provincial Historic Commemorations Program also acknowledges our customs, practices and traditions - the intangible cultural heritage that defines us as a people and makes us who we are."
Russell, well-known fiddler and promoter of Newfoundland and Labrador's traditional music, was recognized under the category of tradition bearer. Dildo Island, which represents more than 2,500 years of occupation by various cultures, was commemorated as a place of provincial significance.

Organizations: The Rooms

Geographic location: St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

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