Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

August 05, 2008 11:29 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Shag Harbour Incident Society

SHAG HARBOUR, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 5, 2008) - Residents and visitors to Shag Harbour will have the opportunity to take part in the Shag Harbour Incident Festival, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament (South Shore-St. Margaret's), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for the Shag Harbour Incident Society.

Funding of $2,000 will help the Society organize the Shag Harbour Incident Festival, which will commemorate the famous Shag Harbour Incident, a historical and well documented sighting of an unidentified flying object in the skies above Shag Harbour which later crashed in nearby waters. Since the sighting in 1967, the area has attracted numerous visitors and researchers. The Shag Harbour Incident Festival will take place on August 8 and 9, 2008, and will feature lectures, artisan displays, tours of the site, and other activities.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to announce funding for the Shag Harbour Incident Festival," said Minister Verner. "We are proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate local history, arts, and heritage."

"Local festivals like this one bring people of all ages and backgrounds together and contribute to building strong communities," said Mr. Keddy. "I am proud that our Government has taken decisive steps to strengthen our shared sense of heritage."

"We are very pleased to receive support from Canadian Heritage," said Cindy Nickerson, Chair of the Shag Harbour Incident Society. "This funding will help us present a festival to be enjoyed by all attending."

The Government of Canada has provided this funding through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program, announced in September 2007, provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

Applications for funding for festivals to be held between January 1 and August 31, 2009, and for community historical commemorations between January 1 and December 31, 2009, must be received by September 1, 2008.

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
    Status of Women and Minister for La Francophonie
    Kassandra Albert
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Atlantic Region
    Claudine Daigle
    Director, Regional Communications
    506-851-3980
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155