Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 30, 2009 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Journees du patrimoine-Heritage Days

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - June 30, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Ray Boughen, Member of Parliament (Palliser), today announced funding for the Societe historique de la Saskatchewan for its Journees du patrimoine - Heritage Days.

This funding will make it possible to hold the fifth annual Journees du patrimoine - Heritage Days, which involves historical re-creation and dramatization. It is intended primarily for Saskatchewan school students but is also open to the general public, both Francophones and Anglophones.

"Our Government is demonstrating leadership in promoting Canada's linguistic duality," said Minister Moore. "We are showing our commitment by supporting this innovative project. Journees du patrimoine - Heritage Days is presented in both official languages to reach not only Francophone but also Anglophone audiences."

"Events such as this are so important, as they give our young people-and all Saskatchewan residents-an opportunity to learn about our province's first settlers," said Mr. Boughen. "I commend the Societe historique de la Saskatchewan on working so hard to tell the stories of the Fransaskois, and I am pleased that the Government of Canada will be providing this support."

The Government of Canada has provided $38,000 in funding under the Enhancement of Official Languages Program. This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage is designed to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of the benefits of linguistic duality among Canadians.

Like the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality 2008-2013: Acting for the Future, support for this organization reiterates the Government of Canada's commitment to linguistic duality and the vitality of official-language minority communities. The Roadmap is an unprecedented government-wide investment of $1.1 billon over five years.

The year 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of the adoption of Canada's first Official Languages Act.

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
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155