Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 02, 2006 11:36 ET

Canadian Heritage: Government of Canada Announces Funding for the Corporation de Developpement Patrimonial, Culturel et Touristique de Natashquan

NATASHQUAN, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - June 2, 2006) - On behalf of Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced $182,602 in funding for the Corporation de developpement patrimonial, culturel et touristique de Natashquan. This support will be used for the renovation and refurbishing of two buildings as part of the Natashquan, le pays raconte project.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to support the Natashquan, le pays raconte project, which brings together the three cultures of the Lower North Shore. In presenting works by French, English and Aboriginal artists, the Corporation will provide residents and visitors with the opportunity to discover the region's rich and diverse culture," said Minister Oda.

Two heritage buildings, the Echourie and the Vieille ecole, will be renovated and refurbished, one as a cafe-terrasse cultural performance facility, the other as an exhibition hall. The renovations will allow for the development of a cultural activities program in Natashquan.

"The renovation of these sites in Natashquan will benefit the local population as they will increase access to arts and heritage," said Minister Cannon. "The Lower North Shore will host a number of important cultural events which will encourage tourism in the region. The community will benefit culturally, socially and economically, and new audiences will be developed."

The Corporation de developpement patrimonial, culturel et touristique de Natashquan is a non-profit organization created in 2004 whose mandate is to promote the region's tourism and includes a culture and heritage development component.

Financial assistance is provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage through its Cultural Spaces Canada Program. This program supports cultural infrastructure projects that increase access for Canadians to the performing, visual, and media arts and that improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and innovation.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
    Natalie Sarafian
    Press Secretary
    (613) 991-0700
    Canadian Heritage, Quebec Region
    Marie-Claude Cadorette
    Communications Manager
    (514) 283-4027
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    (819) 997-9314