Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

September 05, 2009 11:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in WATE Community and Cultural Development Services

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 5, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Dean Del Mastro, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament (Peterborough), today announced funding for WATE Community and Cultural Development Services.

The organization will use this funding to present the 6th annual Manoomin Festival in Plevna, Ontario, which will begin on September 5. This two-day cultural festival will celebrate Algonquin heritage and feature a variety of activities and entertainment for all ages. More than 50 local artists and performers will share traditional stories, express culture through dance and drumming, and showcase a range of visual artworks for residents and visitors of North Frontenac Township.

"Our Government is proud to support the Manoomin Festival, an event that celebrates Algonquin history, traditions and culture," said Minister Moore. "It is wonderful to see this community join together and learn about Canada's heritage."

"Algonquin history and culture is so important to this community. It is my pleasure to support the Manoomin Festival as it shares culture through dance, drumming, art, and storytelling," said Mr. Del Mastro. "Congratulations to everyone who made this year's festival a success."

"The funding we receive from the Government of Canada will be a great help in making our event a success," said Regina Hartwick, Programming Coordinator for WATE Community and Cultural Development Services. "The Festival will provide an important venue to share and celebrate Algonquin history and culture through traditional teachings, song, and dance."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $5,100 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage ( program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations