Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

February 20, 2008 18:44 ET

Government of Canada Provides More Support to Increase Awareness of Veterans' Stories

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 20, 2008) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, today announced funding of up to $15,000 through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund for the Military Oral History Conference. This conference is a joint initiative between the University of Victoria and the Royal United Services Institute, Vancouver Island Chapter.

"This conference provides a tremendous opportunity for Canadians to increase their knowledge of military history and gain an understanding of the price our Veterans paid for freedom," said Minister Thompson. "By expanding our understanding and appreciation of our Veterans' personal stories, we are honouring their sacrifices."

This conference is being hosted by the University of Victoria from February 20 to 23, 2008. During the conference, university students, academics, and public historians will learn first-hand about Veterans and their stories.

The Community Engagement Partnership Fund provides funding to non-profit groups, educational institutions and other organizations delivering remembrance activities and events. Administered through Veterans Affairs Canada's Canada Remembers program, contributions are made throughout the year and encompass both national and community-based projects.

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