Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

May 21, 2009 17:48 ET

Government of Canada Funds Restoration Project in Eastern Ontario

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 21, 2009) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and the Honourable John Baird, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, announced today federal government support for a project in eastern Ontario to honour Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Curve Lake First Nation will receive funding to support the restoration of the Curve Lake First Nation First and Second World War Monument. Built in 1987, the monument commemorates the Curve Lake First Nation Aboriginal Veterans who served in the First World War, Second World War, Korean War and in peacekeeping missions. Funding provided will help raise the monument, restore the engraved names, build steps around the monument, and add signage and landscaping.

"Memorials are more than structures of stone and mortar," said Minister Thompson. "They represent sacrifice and honour. They provide community members with a place to gather in recognition of those who served on their behalf. Most importantly, they carry on the importance of remembrance for future generations."

"The residents of Curve Lake First Nations are rightfully proud of their beautiful monument which recognizes the incredible contributions of their residents to the allied forces and to Canada," said Peterborough MP Dean Del Mastro. "Our government, led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is proud to help make sure it will endure for generations to come."

The Government of Canada is providing more than $197,760 to 19 community-led cenotaph and monument restoration projects across the country through the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program. Applications to the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program are accepted throughout the year. Non-profit groups and other organizations interested in restoring local memorials may be eligible for funding.

Please visit www.vac-acc.gc.ca for a backgrounder on the project in eastern Ontario. Visit the Web site or call 1-877-604-8489 to learn more about the Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program or to apply for funding.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications
    613-996-4649