Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

November 07, 2009 10:00 ET

One-Millionth Student Hears Veterans' Stories: Government of Canada Congratulates the Historica-Dominion Institute

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 7, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, congratulated the Historica-Dominion Institute and its volunteers today, as they marked a milestone for the Memory Project. Thanks to the Memory Project, one million students across Canada have had the opportunity to talk to Veterans, ask questions and learn about our military history through first-hand accounts.

"The greatest gift we can give our Veterans is the gift of remembrance," said Minister Thompson. "Through the dedicated work and enthusiasm of the Historica-Dominion Institute and the Memory Project, we are sharing that gift-one story at a time."

This Veterans' Week, Canadians across the country are answering the question: How will you remember? The Historica-Dominion Institute's Memory Project is just one example of how communities and organizations are helping engage Canadians in remembrance. The Memory Project includes a Speakers' Bureau, bringing Veterans to classrooms and community groups across Canada.

"The Memory Project is delighted to announce that, nine years after the project began, we have reached one million students. This is an important milestone for us, but even more so, it is a testament to the continued dedication of our Veteran volunteers," said Jeremy Diamond, Managing Director, Historica-Dominion Institute. "Because of our Memory Project Veterans, one million young Canadians have heard stories of service and sacrifice and have had the privilege of meeting a living example of Canadian history."

Last fall, Minister Thompson announced that the Government of Canada would provide funding of up to $450,000 over three years to the Historica-Dominion Institute for the Memory Project. The funding support is provided jointly through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund and through the Canadian Studies Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. To learn more about the Community Engagement Partnership Fund, call 1-866-522-2122 or visit the Veterans Affairs Canada Web site at www.vac-acc.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Veterans Affairs Canada
    613-992-7468
    or
    Kailee Novikoff
    Programme Coordinator, The Memory Project
    Historica-Dominion Institute
    1-866-701-1867
    or
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    613-996-4649