Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 17, 2009 16:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Heritage Kinnear's Mills

KINNEAR'S MILLS, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 17, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Member of Parliament (Megantic-L'Erable), today announced funding for Heritage Kinnear's Mills.

The organization will use the funding to support its Partenaires vers l'autonomie project, which is being undertaken jointly with the Corporation du patrimoine du canton de Leeds. The project will encourage greater involvement by the communities of Kinnear's Mills and Saint-Jacques-de-Leeds in activities that promote the heritage of the Chaudiere-Appalaches region.

The Partenaires vers l'autonomie project also seeks to secure financial independence for both organizations that are responsible for promoting the region's historic sites by creating a joint management and communications plan. In addition to generating economic savings, the project aims to increase revenues for the two sites by seeking new markets.

"Our Government knows how important it is to ensure the vitality of our communities, our identity and our heritage," said Minister Moore. "Over the years, Heritage Kinnear's Mills has allowed thousands of people, both locals and visitors, to learn about an important part of the history of the Chaudiere-Appalaches region."

"We all know that there is strength in unity, and this is particularly true here," said Minister Paradis. "Having these two heritage organizations implement a joint management plan will ease their integration into regional and provincial heritage venues. Congratulations on this team work, which will ultimately benefit residents and visitors to the region."

"Heritage Kinnear's Mills thanks the Government of Canada for its support for the Partenaires vers l'autonomie project," said Germain Beaudry, Coordinator of Heritage Kinnear's Mills. "This funding will allow two historic sites in the Chaudiere-Appalaches region to pool their resources and skills in order to manage outreach activities that promote the Scottish and Irish heritage of Leeds Township."

Since 1991, Heritage Kinnear's Mills has been working with heritage organizations in the community to promote the historic sites and cultural heritage in Kinnear's Mills and its surrounding area. The organization also offers a variety of activities to help people discover the history of the Hautes-Appalaches Townships and the customs of the English, Irish, and Scottish pioneers that settled in this region of Quebec.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $24,926 under the Capacity Building component of the Department of Canadian Heritage's Canadian Arts and Heritage Sustainability Program. This component helps individual arts and heritage organizations improve their administrative, organizational and financial structures.

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
    and Official Languages
    Stephanie Rea
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    stephanie.rea@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Quebec Region
    Eric Amyot
    Director, Regional Communications
    514-283-4027
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155