Science North and Dynamic Earth are getting $1.4 million from the federal government for renovations and to develop the Indigenous Ingenuity Northern Ontario Tour.
Funding of $1.1 million is being provided for the retrofitting and development of new programming spaces at Dynamic Earth. Science North will develop an underground theatre, a programming space and an exhibition area. New specialized multimedia equipment will also be installed to enhance the Dynamic Earth underground experience.
An additional $291,000 is being awarded through the Museums Assistance Program to create the Indigenous Ingenuity Northern Ontario Tour, a customized version of the Indigenous Ingenuity exhibition produced by the Montreal Science Centre that is set to tour across Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Northern Ontario.
Educational materials in English, French and Indigenous languages will be made available to further promote Indigenous accomplishments.
Sudbury MP Paul Lefebvre, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources, and Nickel Belt MP Marc Serré announced the funding, which is being provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.
“Today’s announcement is an important milestone for Sudbury, and I am thrilled that this funding will allow Science North to fully realize their mission and reach more Canadians across Northern Ontario,” said Lefebvre. “By investing in our cultural infrastructure, our government is supporting a unique part of our region’s heritage.”
“It is crucial for attractions in Northern Ontario to have new experiences and continuous change in order to attract new visitors and encourage repeat visitation, and we are thrilled to have the continued support of Canadian Heritage to help realize this goal,” said Science North CEO Guy Labine. “Canadian Heritage has been supportive throughout the ongoing growth of Dynamic Earth, and we are grateful for their continued recognition that Dynamic Earth is a major cultural attraction.”