Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 16, 2008 09:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Bird Island Puffin Festival

ELLISTON, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - June 16, 2008) - Elliston-area residents and visitors will be able to enjoy local entertainment and community activities during the Bird Island Puffin Festival, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament (St. John's South-Mount Pearl), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for Tourism Elliston.

The $5,000 in funding will help Tourism Elliston present the Bird Island Puffin Festival, which takes place from July 12 to 20, 2008. Residents and visitors of the Elliston area will be able to enjoy local entertainment, including music, dance, and theatre, as well as appreciate traditional Newfoundland food and delicacies.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to announce this financial support for Tourism Elliston to organize the Bird Island Puffin Festival," said Minister Verner. "We are proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate local history, arts, and heritage."

"Festivals such as this bring people of all ages and backgrounds together and contribute to the quality of life in our communities," added Minister Hearn. "I am proud that our Government supports this important community initiative."

"We are delighted that our 11th annual Bird Island Puffin Festival has received support from the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program," said Colleen Duffett, Heritage Development Coordinator with Tourism Elliston. "This funding will allow us to expand activities at the festival and provide additional opportunities for local performers and creators, while enriching the experience of the public and volunteers."

The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage 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 throughout Canada this year.

The Government of Canada is committed to building stronger communities and to providing all Canadians with opportunities to get involved in their communities and to celebrate Canadian arts and heritage.

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
    and Minister for La Francophonie
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations