Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

November 25, 2016 11:00 ET

The 150th Anniversary of Confederation in 2017: Saskatchewan Will Be at the Heart of the Celebration with $2.7 Million in Funding

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - Nov. 24, 2016) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament (Regina-Wascana), today announced funding for a series of community projects in Saskatchewan that will help mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. Minister Goodale made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

The Government of Canada is providing funding for these projects through the Canada 150 Fund, which is designed to help Canadians across the country take part in local, regional and national celebrations for the 150th anniversary.

Minister Goodale took the opportunity to remind everyone that the period of celebration for Canada's 150th will begin on December 31, 2016, with festivities all across the country. Nineteen urban centres-including Regina and Saskatoon-will usher in 2017 in grand style. Thousands of Canadians will have a chance to gather together in their community to take part in memorable celebrations.


"Thanks to these projects, both Canadians and visitors from abroad will be able to enjoy activities organized throughout Saskatchewan. The celebrations that will mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation will help us leave a legacy for future generations, strengthen the bonds that unite us, and look forward to the future with optimism. The year 2017 promises to be a memorable one, and Saskatchewan will help make that happen. Come out and participate, celebrate and explore!"

-The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"Part of the way in which we are marking Canada's historic 150th anniversary of Confederation is by supporting local events and activities across the country in 2017. This federal funding for 19 Saskatchewan organizations will help celebrate the achievements of a broad cross-section of people in Saskatchewan and their invaluable contributions to Canadian nation building. Everyone is invited to join in!"

-The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament (Regina-Wascana)

Quick Facts

  • Total funding for these projects amounts to $2,703,085.
  • The Government of Canada's vision for the 150th anniversary of Confederation includes four major themes: diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the environment and young people
  • The Canada 150 Fund was created in April 2015 and has a budget of $200 million.
  • The countdown has begun-there are less than 50 days left until the official start of celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
  • We invite all Canadians to take part in countdown activities in person and on social media with the hashtag #Canada150.

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The Government of Canada is proud to invest in local and regional projects to make 2017 a year that all Canadians will remember.

Community Projects

Community activities and projects will be held all across the country, including Saskatchewan. They will be representative of each community, and perfectly adapted to local circumstances and needs.

Below is the list of community projects in Saskatchewan approved to date:

1 Association des parents fransaskois Le Canada, c'est moi! $125,400
2 City of Humboldt Original Humboldt and Canada 150 $15,000
3 Conseil économique et coopératif de la Saskatchewan Découvrons nos communautés avec le 150e du Canada! $106,650
4 First Nations University of Canada Making Treaty 4 $63,110
5 Kipling District Historical Society Kipling District Historical Society Mural $5,000
6 Mackenzie Art Gallery Canadian Indigenous Monument $228,250
7 Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan #welcomehome150: Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Communities $242,100
8 Prairie Spirit Connections Spirit Walk - Commemorative and cultural interpretation project $498,000
9 Prairie Spirit School Division Delisle School - Mural Mosaic Canada 150 $5,000
10 Regina Folk Festival From Far and Wide / Great Spirits: A Musical Collaboration $200,000
11 Saskatchewan African Canadian Heritage Museum Celebrating the presence of people of African Ancestry in Saskatchewan $49,500
12 Saskatchewan Festival of Words Future Thinkers Speakers Series $9,075
13 Saskatoon Tribal Council Where Our Paths Cross: Signature Public Art Commission $250,000
14 Saskculture Resilience and Respect; Canada 150 and Beyond $400,000
15 Sum Theatre Corp. Theatre in the Pool: The Story of Water $60,000
16 Whitecap Dakota First Nation Learning Reconciliation: A Joint WDFN-SPS Canada 150 Education Project $160,000
17 Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival Canada 150 - With Open Arms $30,000

Major Activities

Major activities will be held in Canada's provincial and territorial capitals and in major regional centres during the Celebrate Canada period (June 21 to July 1), and at the beginning and end of 2017.

In Saskatchewan, Canada's 150th anniversary celebrations will be launched in Regina and Saskatoon.

18 City of Regina Canada 150 - New Year's Kick-off to 2017 Celebration $150,000
19 Saskatoon Fireworks Festival YXE NYE - 150 $106,000

Contact Information

  • Pierre-Olivier Herbert
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage