Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 11, 2008 09:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Black Loyalists Heritage Society

SHELBURNE, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - June 11, 2008) - The heritage and history of the Black Loyalists will be celebrated in Shelburne this summer, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament (South Shore-St. Margaret's), 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 the Black Loyalists Heritage Society.

The $2,000 in funding will help the Black Loyalists Heritage Society present the Celebrating Heritage in Shelburne County event, which takes place from July 20 to 31. Celebrations will include the traditional annual Garden Party re-enactment and the Founders Day Weekend activities. These events will provide insight into the relationship between the Black Loyalists and the Loyalists who settled in the area 225 years ago.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to provide funding for the Black Loyalists Heritage Society," said Minister Verner. "We are proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate local history, arts, and heritage."

"Events like this bring people of all ages and backgrounds together and contribute to the quality of life in our communities," said Mr. Keddy. "I am proud that our Government supports this important initiative, which celebrates the richness of our culture and our history."

"The financial support from the Department of Canadian Heritage is essential to the success of our events celebrating heritage in Shelburne County," said Richard Gallion, President of the Black Loyalist Heritage Society. "This funding allows us to present activities at the 32nd Annual Garden Party and the Founders Day Weekend activities."

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