Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 08, 2008 13:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Two British Columbia Arts and Heritage Organizations

YALE AND LILLOOET, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 8, 2008) - Two rural communities in British Columbia will be able to enjoy local festivals and anniversaries, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, and Member of Parliament (Chilliwack-Fraser Canyon), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced $43,000 in funding for the Yale and District Historical Society (YDHS) and the Lillooet Music Society.

The funding will be used to support the Community Historical Anniversaries Celebrations in Yale and district and the Lillooet Music Society's annual Winter Series. Both these initiatives are community-wide events. The Yale Historical Anniversaries Celebrations, which will take place from June 1 to November 15, 2008, mark the 150th anniversary of the community's Gold Rush and the 200th anniversary of Simon Fraser's arrival at the village of Welqamex. The Winter Series in the town of Lillooet consists of a variety of folk, classical, and world music performed by artists from British Columbia and Ontario.

"Local projects like these bring people of all ages and backgrounds together and contribute to building strong communities," said Minister Strahl. "I am proud that our Government has taken decisive steps to strengthen our shared sense of heritage."

"The Government of Canada is proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate local history, arts, and heritage," said Minister Verner. "We are committed to building stronger communities and to providing all Canadians with opportunities to get involved in their communities and in celebrating Canadian arts and heritage."

"The Yale and District Historical Society collaborated with other not-for-profit organizations in the area in order to create a series of celebrations from Yale to the Sunshine Valley for B.C. 150," said Darla Dickenson, Curator for the Yale Historic Site. "YDHS is proud to play an active role in this collaboration because much of British Columbia's incredible past is centred around this area."

The Government of Canada has provided this funding through the Arts Presentation Canada Program and the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage (BCAH) Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

The Arts Presentation Canada Program gives Canadians increased access to the diversity and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

The BCAH Program, announced in September 2007, provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in local activities that present arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and celebrations in Canada throughout the coming year.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage - Western Region
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager, Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations