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Canadian Heritage

February 23, 2010 14:05 ET

Canada Celebrates Saskatchewan Day at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 23, 2010) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, invites all Canadians to celebrate Saskatchewan Day and take part in tonight's victory ceremony at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

"These are Canada's Games, and we invite Canadians from coast to coast to coast to celebrate and get involved in the Games," said Minister Moore. "Whether you are at home or here in Vancouver, I invite you to watch this evening's victory ceremony, which will celebrate today's outstanding athletic performances and showcase entertainment from Saskatchewan."

Victory ceremonies, each sponsored by a different territory or province, will be held for 12 nights in Vancouver during the Olympic Winter Games. Tonight, the Victory Ceremony begins with a show by Saskatchewan, followed by athlete medal presentations, then an hour-long musical performance.

"I encourage everyone to experience Saskatchewan's proud sporting tradition not only at the victory ceremony tonight, but also at the popular Saskatchewan Pavilion in Vancouver," said the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Western Economic Diversification) and Member of Parliament (Blackstrap). "The Government of Canada is pleased to contribute $250,000 to the Saskatchewan Pavilion, which showcases Saskatchewan's cultural identity, artistic nature, hospitality, tourism, and economic opportunities."

In addition, the Government of Canada and the Province of Saskatchewan today reaffirmed their support for increasing sport participation and enhancing opportunities for Aboriginal people in sport through a two-year sport bilateral agreement. The funding will assist the provincial government in delivering projects that include community sport, programming for children and youth, development of coaches and officials, and long-term athlete development.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

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