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Minister MacKay Officially Opens the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21

On February 7, 2011, Pier 21 celebrated special milestone. The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and the Atlantic Gateway, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, was on hand to announce the official opening of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21.

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is Canada’s sixth national museum and only the second located outside of the national capital region. However, the crowd was especially enthusiastic when Minister MacKay quipped that the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 is actually the first, since it is open ready for business, unlike its sister museum the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Welcome Home to Pier 21: Canadian Museum of Immigration

On July 5, 2010, a major milestone was reached in creating Canada’s newest national museum, the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. An intimate group of Pier 21’s friends and supporters gathered inside Rudolph P. Bratty Exhibition Hall for the special celebration of milestones. Remarks were made by the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament (Central Nova), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and John Oliver, Chair of Pier 21’s Board of Directors.

“I personally cannot think of a more fitting tribute for this very special site than establishing Canada’s sixth national museum here,” said Minister MacKay. “This site symbolizes Canada’s proud history of immigration.”

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A National Museum of Immigration to be formed at Pier 21!

On June 25, 2009, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the Statement of Intentions to designate a National Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. A certificate was signed to mark the occasion of the announcement by the Government of Canada, that it has concluded an agreement in principle with the Pier 21 Society, the Pier 21 Foundation and the Halifax Port Authority to create a national museum of immigration at Pier 21.

“This announcement shows that we’ve made significant progress in our efforts to become designated a National Museum,” says Bob Moody, CEO of the Pier 21 Society. “Gaining this official designation status will be an historic event for Pier 21 and for Canada. We are excited about the opportunity to share Canada’s immigration story, both past and present as well as expand our presence coast to coast to coast. We are looking forward to the journey still ahead of us.”

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