Parks Canada, Dalhousie Medical School, Cape Breton University and Fortress Louisbourg Association to Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Working together to encourage and build partnership opportunities related to medical history and promote healthy active living.

On Friday, September 12, 2014,  Parks Canada, Dalhousie Medical School, Cape Breton University and Fortress Louisbourg Association gathered at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site to sign a memorandum of understanding to develop programs and projects to tell the history of medicine and how it connects to medical understanding today. The Memorandum of Understanding will also promote healthy active living and provide developmental opportunities for health care professionals in Cape Breton.

The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site has a rich history of medicinal practices and instruments that date back to the 18th century. Archaeological remains include medicine bottles and vials, ointment pots and dental pliers or pincers. A selection similar to these medical instruments can be viewed and held during a Touching History Tour. The Healing Gardener Tour at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site is also part of the history as 18th century medicine was often found in the gardens and relied on to help cure those who fell ill.

This memorandum of understanding will enhance future programs and experiences at the Fortress of Louisbourg targeting those visitors with interests in both medicine and healthy lifestyles.

“As we approach Canada’s 150th birthday celebrations in 2017, building strong relationships, as this one at the Fortress of Louisbourg, will be critical to helping Canadians connect with national historic sites and learn about our collective history,” says Chip Bird, Field Unit Superintendent, Parks Canada, Cape Breton.

The memorandum of understanding will encourage and build partnership opportunities related to the practice of medicine in the history of the Fortress of Louisbourg and the promotion of healthy active living, which is a strong component of visitor experience.

“Cape Breton University is delighted to further strengthen these very important relationships today,” says Dr. David Wheeler, President, Cape Breton University. “CBU has a long history of working with our academic and social partners to create opportunities that enhance health related educational programs in Cape Breton. We are excited to continue deepening these relationships to improve the health and wellbeing of Cape bretoners.”

“The linking of the superb work of the historians and other researchers at the Fortress of Louisbourg with the active programs in the history of medicine at Dalhousie Medical School will provide opportunities for education in our local communities, and can reach an international audience as well. The Faculty of Medicine is proud of this growing partnership with Parks Canada as it grows its outreach programs with emphasis on education and healthy living,” says Dr. Ron Stewart with the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University.

“We look forward to the future partnerships and opportunities this memorandum of understanding will create with medical scholars, heath care professionals and others in the field of medicine. It will provide visitors with an enhanced offering which focuses on healthy living in addition to the medical history of the Fortress of Louisbourg.” says Mitch McNutt, General Manager, Fortress Louisbourg Association.