Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 17, 2010 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Pictou Landing Powwow

PICTOU LANDING, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - March 17, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament (Central Nova), today announced funding for the 19th Pictou Landing Powwow.

The powwow will run from June 4 to 6 and will feature Mi'kmaq traditions and culture. It will include activities such as dance and drumming performances, a Grand Entry, a sacred fire, a sunrise ceremony, and a sweat lodge.

"Our Government is pleased to support events that offer Canadians the opportunity to celebrate their local culture and heritage and that contribute to the development of local tourism," said Minister Moore. "The powwow will provide the Pictou Landing First Nation with an opportunity to share its traditions and culture with other communities."

"The Pictou Landing Powwow allows the First Nation community to share both its history and heritage with visitors and residents from surrounding communities. Events like this bring people of all ages and backgrounds together and contribute to the quality of life in our communities," said Minister MacKay.

"The funding we receive from the Government of Canada will make a wonderful contribution to the success of our event," said Fran Nicholas, Event Coordinator. "With its informative and educational activities, the powwow is a great opportunity to share and celebrate Mi'kmaq culture and history through arts, dance, and music."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $8,200 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 www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon, Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    matthew.deacon@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca