Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 12, 2008 09:16 ET

Government of Canada Supports Eskasoni Band Council

ESKASONI, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - June 12, 2008) - The Eskasoni Band Council will be able to present its annual Eskasoni Powwow 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 Eskasoni Band Council.

The $8,000 in funding will help the Council present its 17th annual Eskasoni Powwow. This event will take place from June 27 to 29 and will feature a broad range of traditional Mi'kmaq cultural and heritage activities. Visitors and residents from surrounding communities will be able to join the Eskasoni community in discovering the vibrant Mi'kmaq culture through various artistic performances, which include dancing, chanting, and drumming. Demonstrations and workshops, as well as a traditional re-enactment of the ancestral Mi'kmaq lifestyle, will also be presented.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to announce funding for the Eskasoni Band Council," said Minister Verner. "We are proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate local history, arts, and heritage."

"Events such as this one bring together people of all ages and backgrounds and contribute to the quality of life in our communities," added Mr. Keddy. "The Eskasoni Annual Powwow allows the Eskasoni First Nation to share both its history and heritage with visitors and residents from surrounding communities."

"The funding we received from the Department of Canadian Heritage will be a great help in making our annual event a success," said Leroy Denny, Event Coordinator. "The powwow activities will be informative and educational and will be a great opportunity to share and celebrate our Mi'kmaq culture and history through arts, dance, and music."

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 www.canadianheritage.gc.ca 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
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101