Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

August 01, 2009 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports the Glengarry Highland Games

MAXVILLE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 1, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Pierre Lemieux, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Member of Parliament (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell), today announced funding for the Glengarry Highland Games.

This 62nd edition of the Games will give visitors and residents of the Township of North Glengarry the opportunity to enjoy Scottish music, Celtic singers, fiddlers, and dancers. Historical re-enactments of our country's past will also take place. The Glengarry Highland Games encourage Canadians to get involved in their community and celebrate Canada's arts and heritage.

"Our Government is pleased to support the Glengarry Highland Games, which are an important tradition for this community," said Minister Moore. "Festivals play an important role in developing our home-grown artistic talent. It is essential that we invest in cultural events that highlight Canada's history and our rich heritage."

"My family and I are strong supporters of the Glengarry Highland Games and the Celtic traditions they promote," said Mr. Lemieux. "My daughters have had the honour of dancing in the Games, and I am proud that our Government is able to be part of such a wonderful tribute to Canada's Scottish roots."

"We are grateful for the support, as it allows local artists to showcase their talent and commemorate the legacy we inherited from the first settlers of this county," said Betty McCormick, President, Glengarry Highland Games. "The strong bonds of music, dance, and sport enabled our ancestors to endure the many hardships they encountered while adjusting to their new home and country. We honour their memory, their courage, and remarkable fortitude by staging the 62nd consecutive Highland Games. We welcome the thousands of visitors and competitors from across Canada, the U.S., and Europe and sincerely appreciate the Government of Canada's recognition of our efforts."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $12,800 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/dcap-bcah/index-eng.cfm) 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
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155