Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

July 01, 2008 12:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Activities in Saint-Boniface to Celebrate 400th Anniversary of Founding of Quebec City

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - July 1, 2008) - Manitobans and visitors to the province will have a chance to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City while in Saint-Boniface-the largest Francophone community in Western Canada-on Canada Day, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament (Provencher), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for Entreprises Riel for its Celebrations 2008, which commemorates the 100th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Saint-Boniface.

The $197,650 in funding will allow Entreprises Riel to add six events to the Celebrations 2008 program that will mark the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City. Concerts, interpretative activities, and various artistic performances will honour Quebec City's impact on the establishment of the community of Saint-Boniface.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to announce its support to help Entreprises Riel expand its programming to present activities that also celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City," said Minister Verner. "It was in 1608, when Quebec City was founded, that we truly began our journey to become what we are today. The founding of Quebec City also marks the founding of the Canadian state. This anniversary provides an opportunity to highlight the unique role that a dynamic, strong, and diverse Canadian Francophonie has played in building our country."

"These celebrations will bring together citizens from all over the country to celebrate their country and to show their pride in being Canadian," said Minister Toews. "As we commemorate 100 years of our province's history, we also recognize the influential role that Quebec City has played in the history of our country, our province, and our city."

"Against all odds, we the Francophones of Manitoba are still here, alive and well after so many years," said Normand Gousseau, General Manager of Entreprises Riel. "In 2008, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of SaintBoniface, as well as our ancestors who made the first voyage from France to the North American continent. Through the activities we are organizing, we are saying to our Quebecois cousins that we share in their spirit of celebration!"

"We are very grateful for the funding we have received from the federal government for Quebec City's 400th anniversary," said Mariette Mulaire, Co-chair of Celebrations 2008. "This support will allow us to reflect on the close ties that unite the community of Saint-Boniface to Quebec City; that is, to the French language and culture."

The Government of Canada has provided this funding under the 2008 Celebrate Canada! program, which will highlight the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City. This is a unique opportunity that allows Canadians from different regions to celebrate together the 400th anniversary of Quebec City. The Celebrate Canada! program seeks to promote pride in being Canadian by encouraging citizens to take part in the activities being held from June 21 to July 1.

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,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    and Minister for La Francophonie
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Prairies and Northern Region
    Angela Cassie
    A/Director of Communications and Executive Services
    204-983-4367