Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

August 17, 2010 16:30 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the 400th Anniversary of Cupids, Newfoundland and Labrador

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 17, 2010) - This year, we are commemorating a significant event in Canadian history with the 400th anniversary of the founding of Canada's first English colony in Cupids, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Originally known as "Cupers Cove," Cupids is the earliest known English colony in Canada. Its 400th anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on pioneers who braved the climate and geography of our eastern-most shores to establish a new community. Their hard work and determination helped build this country, and their efforts were instrumental to the growth and prosperity of Canada.

Our Government is proud to support a range of initiatives that pay tribute to Cupid's 400th anniversary, including indoor and outdoor theatrical performances focused on historical events; Muses and Minstrels, a festival of 17th-century performing arts; and Cupids Cove Soiree, a six-day celebration featuring Newfoundland and Labrador entertainment for people of all ages. Complementing these activities is the opening of a new innovative and interactive museum – the Cupids Legacy Centre – that offers visitors an opportunity to explore the incredible landscapes, waterscapes, and cultural attractions of Newfoundland and Labrador.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I congratulate everyone involved with Cupids 400 Inc. and all the volunteers throughout the Northeast Avalon region who have worked tirelessly to ensure the success of an anniversary that celebrates such an important part of our heritage.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon - Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    matthew.deacon@pch.gc.ca