Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

May 29, 2015 13:00 ET

British Columbia's Central and Northern Interior Gets Ready to Celebrate Canada

Member of Parliament Dick Harris Announces Celebrate Canada Support for seven organizations

PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 29, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

Seven organizations in the Central and Northern Interior of British Columbia got a boost today when Dick Harris, Member of Parliament (Cariboo-Prince George), announced a total of $10,766 in funding to support National Aboriginal Day, Canadian Multicultural Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, and Canada Day celebrations. Mr. Harris made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

This investment, provided through the Celebrate Canada program, will enable these organizations to offer their residents engaging cultural programming, as well as opportunities to learn about Canada's history and heritage. In 2014, the Government of Canada invested in more than 1,600 projects and events across the country under the auspices of the Celebrate Canada program.

Quick Facts

  • The Celebrate Canada period includes National Aboriginal Day on June 21, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27 and Canada Day on July 1.
  • Both the City of Quesnel and the City of Williams Lake will receive funding to present their 2015 Canada Day celebrations.
  • Three organizations will receive funding to celebrate National Aboriginal Day: the Northern Shuswap Tribal Society in Williams Lake, School District #28 in Quesnel, and the North Cariboo Aboriginal Family Program Society in Quesnel.
  • The District of Wells will receive funding in support of Wells Multiculturalism Day.
  • Le Cercle des Canadiens-Français de Prince George will receive funding to present Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day activities, during which they will also celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Flag of Canada.

Quotes

"Our Government is pleased to support these various celebrations in Central and Northern British Columbia that strengthen our communities and increase awareness about our history and heritage. These events reaffirm our pride in our values and our accomplishments."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"These kinds of celebrations not only bring our communities together to showcase local artists and give us opportunities to learn about our rich history, they also contribute to a sense of pride and belonging for all Canadians. I invite all British Columbians to take part."

-Dick Harris, Member of Parliament (Cariboo-Prince George)

"I want to thank Canadian Heritage and our MP Dick Harris for their ongoing support of Quesnel's Canada Day celebrations. This free, family-oriented event celebrates the diversity of our local community with events like musical performances by local talent, and a taste of different cultures and foods. It is truly a day full of fun that has something for everyone - and of course, it's topped off with Canada Day cupcakes!"

-Karilyn Bolton, Deputy City Manager, City of Quesnel

Associated Links

Aboriginal Day in the Park

City of Quesnel

City of Williams Lake

Le Cercle des Canadiens-Français de Prince George

North Cariboo Aboriginal Family Program Society

Northern Shuswap Tribal Council National Aboriginal Day

Wells Multiculturalism Day

Celebrate Canada program

History of Canada Day

The Canada 150 Fund

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Backgrounder

Celebrate Canada
This program provides funding for activities organized on specific days during the Celebrate Canada period, from June 21 to July 1. The Celebrate Canada period includes National Aboriginal Day on June 21, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27, and Canada Day on July 1.
City Organization Project Funding and Year
Prince George Le Cercle des Canadiens-Français de Prince George Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day and 50th Anniversary of the Canadian Flag $600 (2015-2016)
Quesnel School District #28 (Quesnel) Aboriginal Day in the Park $1,000 (2015-2016)
Quesnel North Cariboo Aboriginal Family Program Society National Aboriginal Day Celebrations $816 (2015-2016)
Quesnel City of Quesnel Canada Day Celebrations 2015 $3,000 (2015-2016)
Williams Lake City of Williams Lake Canada Day Celebration 2015 $2,800 (2015-2016)
Williams Lake Northern Shuswap Tribal Society National Aboriginal Day Celebrations $2,750 (2015-2016)
Wells The District of Wells Wells Multiculturalism Day $800 (2015-2016)
TOTAL : $10,766

Contact Information

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

    Anna Gravelle
    Regional Communications Manager
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    604-666-6504

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca