The Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (HFNL) is hosting an event to mark the occasion at Government House in St. John’s Tuesday morning.
Two new designations will be announced under the Provincial Commemorations Program.
“Draught and Sled Dogs in Newfoundland and Labrador” will be recognized as a distinctive cultural tradition and practice, and “Early Newfoundland Colonizers and the Beginning of Permanent Settlement on the Island” will be honoured as an outstanding historic event.
Four recently designated Registered Heritage Structures will also be recognized – the Methodist Central School in Bonavista, Elliston Salvation Army Citadel in Elliston, Harbour Grace Railway Station and 4 Taverner's Path in Trinity.
Representatives from the education and heritage communities, along with Lt.-Gov. Frank Fagan and his wife Patricia, are attending tomorrow’s event.
Winners of NFNL’s annual Heritage Places Poster Contest will also be present.
Hae Na Luther, a Grade 9 student at Stella Maris Academy in Trepassey, was this year’s overall winner and took the top prize for junior high submissions as well.
Her depiction of the Colonial Building Provincial Historic Site was selected from roughly 1,000 entries from students across the province.
Hae Na’s submission is featured on the NFHL’s poster promoting Heritage Day.
Liam Costello, a kindergarten student at St. Bonaventure’s College in St. John’s, won the primary prize for his depiction of the Ferryland Lighthouse.
Waffa Zahralyn, a Grade 4 student at St. Matthew’s School in St. John’s, was selected as the elementary winner for a depiction of Cabot Tower.
A depiction of the Railway Coastal Museum in St. John’s earned Nicole Chaulk, a Grade 12 student at Glovertown Academy, the honour for senior high.
In addition to student prizes, their respective schools will also receive a monetary award.
A full list of winners is available on the HFNL’s website at www.heritagefoundation.ca or the organization’s Facebook page @heritagefoundationnl.
The National Trust for Canada promotes the third Monday in February each year as Heritage Day and the week following as Heritage Week.
This year’s theme, “My Canada!,” was chosen in celebration of the country’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.