Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 12, 2010 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Anniversary of Settlers in Manitoba

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Oct. 12, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety and Member of Parliament (Provencher), today announced funding for the SISTARS Community Economic Development Co-Op for a project to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the Red River Selkirk Settlers in Manitoba and the Point Douglas neighbourhood.

To commemorate this historic event, the organization has chosen to renovate and transform the historically significant Barber House into a heritage facility, community centre, and community resource space.

"Commemorations and celebrations of our shared Canadian identity and our rich cultural and historical heritage are important for our communities," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is committed to supporting local organizations that coordinate these events so they can continue to enrich our communities across the country."

"The arrival of the Red River Selkirk Settlers in Winnipeg and the Point Douglas neighbourhood has helped shape the community into what it is today. Important milestones such as this deserve to be celebrated," said Minister Toews. "Once completely renovated and transformed, the Barber House will help celebrate local heritage and build a stronger, dynamic community by providing residents with a multifunctional meeting place where they can come together for a variety of activities."

"Now the dream of a restored historical site is really coming true," said Sandy Dzedzora, Board Chair of SISTARS Community Economic Development Co-op. "The renewed Barber House will bring visitors to our community and provide a space for our seniors. This gem will be a symbol of our renewed community: safe, historic, and caring."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $272,530 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Jean-Luc Benoit - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations