Government of Canada Recognizes Prince Edward Island Author John Stewart with Historic Designation

Government of Canada Recognizes Prince Edward Island Author John Stewart with Historic Designation

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GATINEAU (Quebec), April 25, 2022

Stewart is the author of what is considered the first written history of PEI.

GATINEAUQC, April 25, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – National historic designations reflect the rich and varied heritage of our country and offer Canadians the opportunity to learn more about our diverse history. As author of An account of Prince Edward Island (1806), John Stewart (1758-1834) provided a historical and geographical description of the island which is still important today.

Today, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, the Honorable Steven Guilbeault, announced the designation of John Stewart as a person of national historic significance under the National Historic Commemoration Program, on the recommendation of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

Known as “Hellfire Jack” for his fiery temper, Stewart was an author, politician and civil servant who had a huge influence on the early colonial era. Prince Edward Island. Considered the first historian of the island, Stewart’s 1806 An account of Prince Edward Island included a historical overview of the island, a detailed description of its geography and resources, and an overview of the growth of European settlement. This book has made an important contribution to the understanding and interpretation of the island’s history, as well as to the knowledge of its ecology and natural resources during the colonial era.

The government of Canadathrough the Historic Sites and Monuments Commission Canada, recognizes significant people, places and events that have shaped our country as a way to help Canadians reconnect with their past. By sharing these stories with Canadians, we hope to foster understanding and reflection on the diverse histories, cultures, legacies and realities of from Canada past and present.

The designation process under Parks Canada’s National Historical Commemoration Program relies heavily on public nominations. To date, over 2,200 designations have been made nationally. To nominate a historic person, place or event in your community, please visit the Parks Canada website for more information: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/culture/clmhc-hsmbc/ncp-pcn/application.

Estimate

“A recognized public figure in the history of Prince Edward Island, one of by John Stewart the most enduring legacy is that of the author. With An account of Prince Edward Island, Stewart contributed to the early understanding and interpretation of the island and became recognized as its first historian. On behalf of the government of CanadaI am pleased to recognize the national historic significance of John Stewart.”

The Honorable Steven Guilbeault
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister Responsible for Parks Canada

“The Hillsborough River Association is delighted to see Captain John Stewart of Mount Stewart, P.E.I. officially recognized as a person of national historic significance. In addition to his political and cultural contributions, Captain Stewart’s book extensively documents the natural history of the island and includes comprehensive sections on soil, agricultural production, forestry, native animals, birds, fish, reptiles and insects, and the climate. As an attentive observer of all aspects of life on the island, it should be noted that he transmitted his knowledge in his book written over 200 years ago and now considered a treasure of historical value. “

Dan McAskill
President, Hillsborough River Association

“This commemoration demonstrates the value of recognizing the often mixed legacies of historical figures. John Stewart was both a chronicler and an active participant in the early history of Prince Edward Island. His writings and actions shaped interpretations of the colony’s history until recent times.”

Harry Holman
Member of the PEI Historic Sites and Monuments Board. Canada

Fast facts

  • Created in 1919, the Historic Sites and Monuments Commission of Canada advises the Minister of Environment and Climate Change on the national significance of significant people, places and events from Canada the story. Working with Parks Canada, the Board ensures that subjects of national historic significance are recognized through the National Program of Historical Commemoration and that these significant stories are shared with Canadians.

  • The designation of persons, places and events of national historic significance in Canada helps tell the stories of who we are and connects us to our past, enriching our understanding of ourselves, others and our country. Historic places provide a wide range of cultural, social, economic and environmental benefits to their communities.

  • Parks Canada is committed to working with Canadians in our efforts to tell broader and more inclusive stories in the places it manages. In support of this objective, the History and commemoration frameworkdescribes a new and engaging approach to sharing from Canada history through various perspectives, including shedding light on tragic and difficult periods of from Canada past.

Related documents

Backgrounder – John Stewart (1758-1834)

Related links

Parks Canada Agency
Historic Sites and Monuments Commission Canada
History and commemoration framework

SOURCE Parks Canada

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