June 27, 2009 16:45 ET

Minister Gail Shea Opens Afghanistan Exhibit at the Festival of Lights

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - June 27, 2009) - Today, in the company of civilians and Canadian Forces soldiers who have served in Afghanistan, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament for Egmont, the Honourable Gail Shea, opened Afghanistan360, the Government of Canada's new multimedia exhibit on Canada's combined total civilian and military work in Afghanistan. Currently on display at the Atlantic Superstore Festival of Lights, the exhibit features the ability to record short video messages to currently serving civilians and soldiers.

"Our government made a commitment to communicate more frequently on Afghanistan. This exhibit, which is traveling across Canada, shows the courageous work being done by our civilians and soldiers in Afghanistan," said Minister Gail Shea. "All Canadians can take pride in the work their fellow citizens are doing to make a difference in the lives of Afghans. I invite everyone to come out to the Festival of Lights to view the Afghanistan360 exhibit," continued Minister Shea.

The exhibit offers Canadians the opportunity to learn about progress in the six focused areas in which Canada is providing assistance in Afghanistan: training Afghan National Security Forces, assisting the Government of Afghanistan in providing basic services to its population, providing life-saving humanitarian assistance, enhancing border security, facilitating political reconciliation, and helping the Afghan government to increase the capacity for democratic governance and national institutions.

The exhibit also showcases Canada's three signature projects in Afghanistan-the rehabilitation of the second largest source of water for agricultural irrigation, the Dahla Dam, the rebuilding or construction of 50 schools in key districts of Kandahar province, and our effort, along with international health partners and other donor countries to work to eradicate polio from Afghanistan.

Minister of International Cooperation and Vice-Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Afghanistan, the Honourable Beverly J. Oda, launched the Afghanistan360 exhibit in early June 2009 in Whistler, BC at the annual meeting of Canada's mayors. Following the Atlantic Superstore Festival of Lights, Afghanistan360 will be at the Calgary Stampede and Exhibition from July 3 to 12 and the Tall Ships Nova Scotia Festival in Halifax from July 16 through to August 1. For additional confirmed Afghanistan360 venues click on the Afghanistan360 button found at

Contact Information

  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office