Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 18, 2010 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Showcase of Aboriginal Art and Culture in Whitehorse

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - May 18, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Senator Daniel Lang today announced funding for the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre.

With this assistance, the Centre will present the 2011 Skookum Jim Folklore Show from February 3 to 6, 2011. The festival will feature emerging and established Aboriginal artists from Canada and the Yukon, in diverse musical genres and cultural traditions including choral music, Métis fiddle, Aboriginal roots music, and dance. Outreach activities will include a workshop in traditional Métis fiddle given to the community members.

"The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of supporting arts and culture in the Yukon," said Minister Moore. "The Skookum Jim Friendship Centre is continuing to provide opportunities for cultural growth and increasing the area's vibrant artistic scene."

"I am pleased that our Government has provided funding for the Skookum Jim Folklore Show," said Senator Lang. "By supporting festivals such as this one, we are creating an environment in which culture and art are showcased and can enrich the lives of our residents."

"The Skookum Jim Friendship Centre would like to thank Canadian Heritage for its contributions to the Annual Folklore Show," said Kym Barrett, Recreation Coordinator for the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre. "The festival brings together both rural and urban audiences by offering a fun-filled evening of traditional dance, storytelling, hoop dancing, comedy, and other forms of entertainment."

Built in 1962, the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre aims to enhance the spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical well-being of First Nations peoples by offering a variety of programs, including recreation and leisure. The recreation and leisure program presents opportunities for healthy and active lifestyles among urban Aboriginal communities.

The Government of Canada has provided $6,000 through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Perry Boldt
    A/Regional Manager
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations