Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

March 03, 2015 11:00 ET

Celebrating Community Traditions at Festival Manipogo

Government of Canada provides funding for the Comité culturel de Saint-Laurent

ST. LAURENT, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - March 3, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing $12,800 in funding for the 15th annual Festival Manipogo. This support is being provided under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.
James Bezan, Member of Parliament (Selkirk-Interlake), made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • The 2015 Festival Manipogo is taking place on March 6, 7 and 8 in St. Laurent, Manitoba.
  • Funding from the Government of Canada supports a variety of activities, including music and dance performances, presentations of traditional fishing techniques and snow sculptures made by local artists.
  • Other planned events include a fishing derby, family fun outdoor activities, a pancake breakfast and a camp fire.
  • About 850 people are expected to attend this year's festivities.


"Festival Manipogo celebrates the heritage of this region, and of our country as well. By investing in community arts and heritage festivals, our Government is ensuring Canada's history is preserved. I applaud the dedicated volunteers who make this community festival such a great success."

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

"I am pleased that our Government is supporting this vibrant community festival that showcases the rich Métis and fishing traditions of the region. Festival Manipogo offers something for everyone. Come out and enjoy the celebrations!"

-James Bezan, Member of Parliament (Selkirk-Interlake)

"The Comité culturel de Saint-Laurent is very pleased to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Festival Manipogo thanks to the support of the Government of Canada. The richness and vitality of Métis culture and heritage will be on display at this edition of the festival, with a number of artists from the community who are sure to entertain participants through exhibitions, dance, visual arts and music."

-Brigite McDaniels, President, Comité culturel de Saint-Laurent

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Festival Manipogo

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

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Contact Information

  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages

    Roxanne Carriere
    A/Regional Manager, Communications
    Prairies and Northern Region
    Canadian Heritage

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage