Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 10, 2010 14:35 ET

Government of Canada Supports Arts and Culture in Alberta

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Feb. 10, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Lee Richardson, Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre), today announced funding for the Galileo Educational Network Association's Wild and Free website.

Wild and Free is an online study of wild horses and their Southern Alberta habitat. First Nations Elders, students, artists, ranchers, and wildlife experts participated in the project and are featured on the website through video stories, artwork, computer animations, and interviews. The site also includes previously unseen footage of wild horses in their natural environment, as well as over 140 digitized books and other Aboriginal and environmental resources in a searchable database.

"Through the digitization of oral, written, and photographic histories and documentary information, Wild and Free is sharing the remarkable history of Southern Alberta," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to support the Galileo Educational Network Association as it strives to preserve and share our experiences with Canadians and the world."

"We are proud to support this project and provide all Canadians with the opportunity to experience, express, and share their culture," said Mr. Richardson.

"The idea to create a website that focused on the wild horses of Southern Alberta was an innovative way to appeal to students' desire to learn more about the horse culture of the First Nations and the place of wild horses in the modern world," said Brenda Gladstone, Communications Director of the Galileo Educational Network. "The larger benefit is that we now have the opportunity to share the story of wild horses with people all over the world, thanks to the support of the Government of Canada."

The Galileo Educational Network Association is an independent, charitable organization which creates, promotes, and disseminates innovative teaching and learning practices through research, professional learning, and fostering external collaborations. Galileo works with students, teachers, and policy makers across Canada both on-site and online.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $381,626 through the Partnerships Fund ( of the Department of Canadian Heritage. The Fund assists partnership initiatives between not-for-profit, public, and private organizations and institutions to connect Canadians with the riches of Canada's heritage by making Canadian cultural collections held by provincial, municipal, and local organizations available online.

For more information on the Partnerships Fund, consult:

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

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