Regina’s RCMP Heritage Centre has acquired funding from the federal authorities to turn out to be a nationwide museum.
The funding was a promise within the 2019 election and a part of the federal authorities’s newest finances on April 19, however some particulars are rising now.
“It is a large day,” RCMP Heritage Museum board chair Steve McLellan mentioned. “We’ve got been advocating for a really very long time to have the RCMP heritage centre to turn out to be a nationwide museum, which with it has completely different requirements and alternatives.”
The centre is ready to get $4.5 million over a number of years, McLellan mentioned. How that cash involves the centre nonetheless wants to be labored out as properly, he mentioned. McLellan and the board have been advocating because the centre opened in 2007 for it to be designated a nationwide museum.
“It could have some sustaining finances from the federal authorities. We’d have a brand new governance construction,” he mentioned. “We’re now capable of extra totally painting the story of the RCMP and the historical past of Canada and all the tales which are engaged in that story.”
As soon as the improve is full, will probably be the westernmost nationwide museum within the nation. McLellan hopes it brings extra vacationers to the town and the centre.
“We could not be happier to carry this chance and this stage of attraction.”
We’re going to have the ability to inform the story extra totally than we ever have.– Steve McLellan, board chair
The funds are step one within the ratification of nationwide museum standing. The designation will not formally kick till after consultations between the federal authorities and the centre, he mentioned. For now, there shall be constant funding for the centre.
“Now we’re going to have the ability to get advertising budgets. We’ll get these communications and programming budgets, and we’re going to have the ability to inform the story extra totally than we ever have,” McLellan mentioned.
For instance, he mentioned they’ll now have interaction with Indigenous communities to inform the story of the RCMP from their perspective as properly. McLellan mentioned they have not been ready to do this as totally as they’d have appreciated previously.
An officer takes place through the change of command ceremony on September 6, 2018 for brand new commissioner Brenda Lucki on the RCMP Heritage Centre in Regina. (Olivia Stefanovich/CBC)
He mentioned he hopes the brand new programming might begin as quickly as this summer season and he welcomes folks to share their views with the centre.
“Speaking to folks is one thing that we will do extra of, and we have definitely performed rather a lot. There’s extra to be performed.”