Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 19, 2009 20:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLOMBIA--(Marketwire - June 19, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Nancy Greene Raine, Senator (Thompson-Okanagan-Kootenay), today announced funding for the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Society.

This funding will be used to support the 21st annual Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival, which will take place June 20 and 21, 2009. This event is free to the public and features boat races and diverse cultural entertainment. Planned activities include a cooking stage, live music by a variety of artists, vendor tents, and a marketplace.

"Our Government is proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate local history, arts, and heritage," said Minister Moore. "This event, as much a celebration of culture as of athleticism, brings together the community and contributes to the vitality of the region's culture, economy, and tourism industry."

"Every year, the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Society organizes activities to celebrate Vancouver's rich cultural diversity," said Senator Greene Raine. "I look forward to this year's Festival and offer my best wishes for its success."

"Dragon boating and the annual Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival are an integral part of life in Vancouver," said Jas Kalsi, Chair of the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival Society. "We are grateful to the Government of Canada for its support, allowing us to present this multicultural, sporting, and family event with its related activities year-round. Paddles up!"

Last year's Rio Tinto Alcan Dragon Boat Festival attracted over 90,000 people, and more than 180 dragon boat teams from across the Lower Mainland and around the world participated. Boat racers range from a broad spectrum of athletic skill levels, from amateur to professional, and age groups from junior to senior.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $120,000 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage, which provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and historic anniversaries in Canada this year.

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
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Ginette Montreuil
    Communications - Western Region
    604-666-6504
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155