Letourneau Heritage Consulting Inc. (LHC) was retained by Huronia Historical Parks (HHP), to prepare a Cultural Heritage Evaluation Report (CHER) for Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, located in Tay Township, near Midland, Ontario and for Discovery Harbour, located in Penetanguishene, Ontario.  

Huronia Historical Parks (HHP) is a branch of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) and operates Discovery Harbour and Sainte-Marie among the Hurons. As a branch of the MTCS, HHP is required to comply with the Standards and Guidelines for Conservation of Provincial Heritage Properties (Standards and Guidelines).

Because both properties contain cultural heritage resources older than 40 years, a Cultural Heritage Evaluation Report (CHER) is required for each property. Research for the CHER project was completed using the many primary sources, secondary sources, reports, maps, manuscripts, and administrative files collected over the past 50 years. As part of the CHER project, a Stage 1 Archaeological Assessment was completed by Dr. John Triggs. Community engagement was also undertaken and is ongoing.

A CHER is a planning tool. Its purpose is the identification and evaluation of a property (i.e., built heritage resource, cultural heritage landscape, and/or archaeological site) through research, documentary evidence, and community input in order to provide a basis for the management and conservation of important cultural heritage properties and their attributes. CHERs have to follow a standard provincial approach and properties need to be evaluated using the criteria outlined in Ontario Heritage Act Regulation 9/06 and 10/06.   One of the challenges, and opportunities, of the CHER process, is its primary focus on the attributes of the real property.  As a result, assessments does not include movable cultural heritage resource or chattels, such as the furnishings, the archives, or archaeological collections; however, this does not mean these aspects of the site are not important.

The following are questions designed to help HHP and the project team ensure that the information collected to date is accurate and reflects the values of the community and stakeholders.  This survey has been designed to help consulting team better understand what is important about each site

The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete. There are 10 questions on 12 pages. Your responses will remain confidential and comments will not be attributed to any individual. Please be honest and direct in your responses.