Fort William Historical Park (FWHP) has added yet another plaque to its ever-growing award wall. The Fort is the recipient of the Excellence in Diversity Award that was presented at the Northwestern Ontario Aboriginal Youth Achievement and Recognition Awards ceremony held April 30th at the Victoria Inn.  

The Fort was recognized for employing First Nations and Métis people and for being committed to keeping traditional culture alive and growing through its varied educational programs.  

Since the Fort's opening in 1973, aboriginal culture has played an important role in the Fort's fur trade story, where First Nations people have been employed as historic interpreters at the Ojibwa Native Encampment and as resource staff for the variety of educational and community programs offered by FWHP.  The Fort's Learning Wigwam and its attendant Sleeping under Bark program as well as the Ojibwa Keeshigun Native Festival have stood out among innovative programming highlighting the role of First Nations peoples in the success of the fur trade and the development of Canada.

More recently, FWHP has also partnered with the Métis Nation of Ontario in securing summer student placement positions in the Fort's Native Heritage Program.

Receiving the award on behalf of FWHP were Peter Boyle, Manager of Historical Operations, and Elliot Cromarty, Native Heritage Interpreter.