Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute has been granted museum Category “A” status by the Federal Department of Canadian Heritage.

August 26, 2013, Oujé-Bougoumou, Quebec

Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute is pleased to announce that after more than six (6) months of hard work on this file and many years before that of preparation and planning, Aanischaaukamikw has been granted museum Category "A" status by the Federal Department of Canadian Heritage.

This puts Aanischaaukamikw on a professional level with other important museums in Canada, enables us to apply to have collections designated as important to Canada, allows us to issue full tax receipts to donors, makes us eligible for Federal acquisition grants and demonstrates that a regional museum in a remote part of the country can perform at a high level.

“The ongoing success of recognition for Aanischaaukamikw since its inception is a collective effort on the part of all who were part of this project. The incredible staff of ACCI ensured and secured this latest status that will be a major step for future acquisitions of Cree objects.’’  President / CEO Dianne Ottereyes-Reid

The staff at Aanischaaukamikw played a vital role in achieving this status.  Hard work and dedication are the bedrock of every great achievement.  It is this type of teamwork that allows us to reach such heights of excellence and perform the extraordinary. 

We are also indebted to the leadership of Eeyou Istchee for the wise decisions that supported us throughout the design and building process that made it possible.

Congratulations to all!

Excerpts from the announcement from the Program Officer, Movable Cultural Property, Department of Canadian Heritage:

"Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute (ACCI) applied to be designated under Category “A” for Objects recovered from the Soil or Waters of Canada (Group I), Objects of Ethnographic Material Culture (Group II), Objects of Applied and Decorative Art (Group IV), Objects of Fine Arts (Group V) and Archival Material (Group VII),

I am pleased to inform you that the ACCI has sufficiently demonstrated its capacity to adequately provide long-term preservation care of certified cultural property for the above categories of objects, and that no improvements are required for designation under Category “A”. "

For more information please contact:

Gaston Cooper, Marketing & Communication Officer at 418.745.2444 extension 2019 or 418.770.4919