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FWHP Hosts Regional Showcase PDF Print E-mail
State-of-the art information technology took centre stage at the Regional Showcase staged at Fort William Historical Park May 13th.

This marked the second consecutive year that the Regional Showcase was held at the Fort. Over 365 delegates attended various exhibits and workshops held throughout the day. The Regional Showcase made full use of FWHP's multi-room exhibit centres featuring high-speed Internet services and audio-visual systems.

The Regional Showcase provided an opportunity for individuals to participate in learning as well as experience the latest applications and initiatives from different ministries that relate to information technology and improvements of service delivery and the continued modernization of the OPS.

The Fort's Visitor Centre featured a variety of exhibits collectively offered by Northern Development and Mines, Environment, Natural Resources, Justice, Ontario Shared Services and several other ministries.

Several FWHP heritage structures with contemporary interior service capabilities also served as host venues on the historic site. Workshops centered on related themes including the effective uses of Outlook and the Blackberry, ITS Service, Improving Customer Engagement, Career Management and Lifeskills.  

Keynote addresses were provided by David Nicholl, Corporate Chief of Information and Information Technology Officer, Ministry of Government Services and Ron McKerlie, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Government  Services, Associate Secretary of the Cabinet and Secretary of Management Board of Cabinet.

Consensus among the participants was extremely positive for both the Showcase presentations and FWHP as host venue.




FWHP Wins Aboriginal Diversity Award PDF Print E-mail
Fort William Historical Park (FWHP) has added yet another plaque to its ever-growing award wall. The Fort is the recipient of the Excellence in Diversity Award that was presented at the Northwestern Ontario Aboriginal Youth Achievement and Recognition Awards ceremony held April 30th at the Victoria Inn.  

The Fort was recognized for employing First Nations and Métis people and for being committed to keeping traditional culture alive and growing through its varied educational programs.  

Since the Fort's opening in 1973, aboriginal culture has played an important role in the Fort's fur trade story, where First Nations people have been employed as historic interpreters at the Ojibwa Native Encampment and as resource staff for the variety of educational and community programs offered by FWHP.  The Fort's Learning Wigwam and its attendant Sleeping under Bark program as well as the Ojibwa Keeshigun Native Festival have stood out among innovative programming highlighting the role of First Nations peoples in the success of the fur trade and the development of Canada.

More recently, FWHP has also partnered with the Métis Nation of Ontario in securing summer student placement positions in the Fort's Native Heritage Program.

Receiving the award on behalf of FWHP were Peter Boyle, Manager of Historical Operations, and Elliot Cromarty, Native Heritage Interpreter.



Earth Day Celebrated at FWHP PDF Print E-mail

Fort William Historical Park did its part in recognizing Earth Day, April 22nd.

As part of the global initiative, FWHP took visitors on four Earth Day-themed tours during the day.  The tours highlighted how both the aboriginals and fur traders at Fort William utilized natural resources to both survive and thrive during the early 1800s.

The historic site offered a whole spectrum of examples how nature touched almost every aspect of life at the time, including food (wild game and plants), shelter (birch bark and spruce boughs used for wigwams, wood for over 40 Fort structures), warmth (animal fur, fire lighting and fuel), medicine (poplar for headaches, herbal teas and other applications), spiritual (sweet grass used in aboriginal ceremonies), transportation (black ash snowshoes, spruce gum and birch bark for canoes) and shipping (kegs made from cedar and white pine), just to name a few.

As a further benefit, each visitor received a free spruce tree seedling as an enduring commemoration of the event and a tangible means of nurturing our planet.   

Some of the tours were cross-generational, running the gamut from young children to grandparents, illustrating the universal appeal and relevance of the day's theme.


The Fort also observed intermittent ‘power outages' during the day as an observance in reducing energy consumption.

FWHP's initiative was one of just two community-oriented events that received prominent profile in local media.  

FWHP is considering expansion of the event in the future to provide opportunities for both education and community groups.


Fort William Historical Park Hosts Leadership Dialogue PDF Print E-mail
Over 100 public servants gathered for the Leadership Dialogue held at Fort William Historical Park February 19th. 

The occasion provided a key opportunity for the Secretary of Cabinet (Shelly Jamieson) to share her thoughts about the progress and future of the OPS as an organization and for her to hear advice, suggestions and concerns for those gathered in attendance from Northwestern Ontario.

As a gesture of hospitality, Fort William Historical Park General Manager took the opportunity to present a few heritage mementoes to the Secretary of Cabinet, Deputy Ministers and Assistant Deputy Ministers in attendance.

Tourism Minister Enjoys Inaugural Visit PDF Print E-mail
For Tourism Minister Monique Smith's inaugural visit to Fort William Historical Park, Fort General Manager Sergio Buonocore made a special request with the Thunder Bay weather office.

"We wanted to save you from the -40°C we've been having lately, Minister, so we put the fix in at the weather office," joked Sergio.

Indeed balmy climes were in store as Minister Smith, Deputy Minister Drew Fagan, Assistant Deputy Minister Shirley Phillips and Senior Communications Advisor Lisa DiLollo, donned heritage blanket coats before embarking upon their first visit to the Fort January 20th.

The Minister's entourage encountered a blend of the historic with the contemporary, beginning with a sleigh ride to the Native Encampment where they experienced a smudge ceremony and a sampling of bannock.   

The group also noted the variety of programming happening around them, as school and community groups were enjoying dog sled rides, sliding hills, shinny (roughly akin to field hockey) and an indoor performance provided by local singer/songwriter Rodney Brown.

The Minister also enthusiastically fired a brass cannon and chatted with Lakehead University students who were trying their hand at heritage cooking in the Historic Kitchen. The group also got to study firsthand the damage incurred from the June flood and the Fort's concerted and innovative efforts to minimize potential damage in the future.

The tour concluded by meeting Fort staff in the Great Hall and viewing videos on "Rock the Fort" and "Fort William: Hinge of a Nation."  In her remarks, the Minister praised FWHP staff for their entrepreneurial approach, innovation, dedication and determination to overcome challenges from the succession of devastating floods in recent years.  


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Fort William Historical Park     
1350 King Road
Thunder Bay, Ontario
P7K 1L7

Reservations: 807-473-2344
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