Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

September 08, 2014 09:30 ET

A New National Landmark Will Commemorate the Quebec Conference of 1864

Government of Canada invests in a major public art project in Quebec City

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwired - Sept. 8, 2014) - Canadian Heritage

The history of Québec City's role within a united Canada will be presented in a bold new way, thanks to funding from the Government of Canada. On behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, today announced the Government of Canada is contributing $500,000 to the Ville de Québec through Canadian Heritage's Celebration and Commemoration Program.

The initiative will invite Canadian artists from across the country to participate in a competition to create a new piece of public art that will highlight the important role the Québec Conference had on the creation of Canada.

Quick Facts

  • The three-year funding will support the management and administration concerning the selection of the artist and the creation of the public art piece that will be installed on the north side of City Hall in Québec City.
  • The funding will also support the development of bilingual educational materials.
  • The Ville de Québec will oversee the process and be responsible for the development of the land at City Hall.
  • The piece will be unveiled in 2017.
  • The Québec Conference was the second of three conferences that led to Confederation: Charlottetown and Québec in fall 1864; and later London, England in 1867.
  • The Québec Conference was where the 72 resolutions that formed the basis of Canada's constitution were developed. The resolutions were enshrined in the British North America Act that came into effect on July 1, 1867.

Quotes

"Anniversaries bring Canadians together, strengthen our communities, and allow us to take pride in the citizenship we all share. On the road to the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, this investment will allow Canadians to learn more about the Québec Conference and the integral role it played in establishing our confederation and our country."

-The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

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  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    819-997-7788

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
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    media@pch.gc.ca