Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

February 04, 2015 11:13 ET

Celebrating French-Canadian Culture in Northern Alberta: Member of Parliament Chris Warkentin Announces Support for the Comite culturel de St-Isidore

ST. ISIDORE, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Feb. 4, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Comité culturel de St-Isidore is receiving funding of $19,000 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program to present the 33rd edition of the Carnaval de St-Isidore.

This investment will support a variety of activities, including a sugar shack, sleigh rides, music and dance performances, local arts and craft displays, ice sculptures, and presentations of theatre and improvisation.

Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament (Peace River), announced this support today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • This year's carnival, modeled after Québec City's famous Winter Carnival, will take place from February 13 to 15, 2015.
  • The Comité culturel de St-Isidore, formed in 1982, is a local, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting Francophone culture in the Peace River region. In addition to presenting the annual Carnaval de St-Isidore, it also operates the local community centre.
  • The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

Quotes

"Supporting local festivals that promote our Canadian identity and heritage is especially important as we move closer to Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017. The Carnaval de St-Isidore showcases the cultural vitality of the Francophone community in Alberta. I wish the organizers much success at this year's carnival."

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

"Our Government is pleased to support the Carnaval de St-Isidore as it continues to entertain and bring Northern Albertans together in celebration. I commend the Comité culturel de St-Isidore for keeping French-Canadian traditions alive and accessible to the local community."

-Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament (Peace River)

"The Comité culturel de St-Isidore would like to thank Canadian Heritage for its support under the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program. This funding will allow us to present the 33rd edition of the Carnaval de St-Isidore, an annual Francophone event which attracts more than 2,000 visitors from across the Peace River region and elsewhere in Alberta. Music, dance, ice sculptures, sleigh rides, taffy pulling, traditional food and much more will all be on offer. The carnival is a unique event that showcases French-Canadian culture in Alberta."

-Renée Mussio, President, Comité culturel de St-Isidore

Associated Links

Carnaval de St-Isidore

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

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