Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

July 24, 2009 14:56 ET

Government of Canada Helps Canadians Honour Veterans

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 24, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today announced federal government support for community-led and national remembrance projects honouring Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Our Veterans unite all Canadians as a source of pride. They help us remember why we are blessed to be Canadian and the values that Canada stands for: peace, freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law," said Minister Thompson. "This is why our Government continues to support communities and organizations as they honour their local military heroes."

Through its Community Engagement Partnership Fund, Veterans Affairs Canada provided $733,070 in funding to 50 groups across Canada-including Veterans organizations and community groups. The remembrance projects range from annual commemorative ceremonies, to a learning resource for elementary students bringing youth and Canadian Veterans together.

Applications to the Community Engagement Partnership Fund are accepted throughout the year. Non-profit groups, educational institutions and other organizations delivering remembrance activities and events may be eligible for funding.

Please visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca for a complete project list. Also visit the Web site or call 1-866-522-2122 to learn more about the Community Engagement Partnership Fund or to apply for funding.



BACKGROUNDER

Community Engagement Partnership Fund: National

The following national projects were approved for funding through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund:

The Royal Canadian Legion - Dominion Command - $20,000 for the 33rd annual National Track and Field Competition involving athletes from each of the Legion's ten provincial commands. The event will be held at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec from August 5 to 11, 2009. It involves two days of intense training with national instructors, followed by a two-day competition and ending with a cultural commemorative event. This year's theme is the 65th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

Historica Foundation of Canada - $35,000 per year for three years to organize two Battlefield Study Tours for teachers (one in English and one in French) during the summers of 2009, 2010 and 2011. The initiative provides high school educators the opportunity to learn first-hand about Canadian military history in Europe. Educators will share their experiences with other educators and students, write articles for professional publications and prepare a lesson plan on an aspect of the First or Second World War to be published on Historica's Web site.

Historica Foundation of Canada - $50,000 per year for three years to deliver a weekly, bilingual peace module as part of the various thematic weeks that Encounters with Canada delivers at the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. Beginning in September 2009, approximately 120 participating youth ages 14 to 17 years from all across Canada will learn about the concepts of peace and non-violence each week.

Historica Foundation of Canada - $50,000 per year for three years for the "Canada Remembers" Theme Week in November 2009, 2010 and 2011. Historica Foundation of Canada delivers a week-long program entitled "Canada Remembers" each year during Remembrance Week at the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre in Ottawa, Ontario. Participating youth ages 14 to 17 learn about Canada's military history, the sacrifices and achievements made by Canada's Veterans, and the Canadian Forces' role during times of war, conflict and peace. Approximately 130 students from across Canada as well as six teachers participate in the program.

Juno Beach Centre Association - $170,000 for the commemorative ceremony held by the Government of Canada and the Juno Beach Centre Association marking the 65th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. The ceremony was held on the esplanade of the Juno Beach Centre in Courseulles-sur-mer, France, on June 6, 2009. This major commemorative ceremony, in the presence of the Right Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper, honoured D-Day Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Immediately following the commemorative ceremony, the Juno Beach Centre hosted the inauguration of the temporary exhibit "Veterans' Voices" dedicated to 12 Canadian Veterans of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.

Canadian Battlefields Foundation-$18,000 for a series of events and projects in France in June and July 2009 to commemorate the 65th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. The Canadian Battlefields Foundation organized anniversary events at the Memorial de Caen, La Place de l'Ancienne boucherie and at the Abbaye d'Ardenne. The Foundation also hosted 12 students who participated in a Canadian battlefield tour in Normandy and attended commemorative events at various cemeteries such as Beny-sur-Mer, Bretteville-sur-Laize, and Juno Beach.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649