Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 05, 2008 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Les Seigneuriales de Vaudreuil-Soulanges

VAUDREUIL-DORION, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 5, 2008) - Citizens of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region will have the opportunity to discover their area's seigneurial traditions thanks to Government of Canada funding.

The Honourable Michael M Fortier, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister responsible for the Region of Montreal, on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced funding for the Musee regional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

The museum will receive $7,500 for the Seigneuriales de Vaudreuil-Soulanges festival, which features a variety of heritage activities and takes place from May 31 to June 1. This event includes demonstrations of bygone trades, exhibits by local artists and artisans, historical re-enactments, performances, and seminars and workshops that will allow local and regional participants to step back in time and experience life as it was for their ancestors.

"Festivals bring together people of all ages and backgrounds and contribute to creating dynamic communities," said Minister Fortier. "As Minister Responsible for the Montreal Region, I am proud that our Government has implemented measures to increase our awareness of the value of our collective heritage."

"The Government of Canada is pleased to announce funding to the Musee regional de Vaudreuil-Soulanges," said Minister Verner. "We are committed to building stronger communities and to providing all Canadians with opportunities to get involved in their communities and celebrate Canadian arts and heritage."

"As coordinator of the 16th Les Seigneurials event, I am extremely pleased by the financial participation from Canadian Heritage. This large public celebration that retraces the lives of our ancestors has definitely been given a boost by this funding. This year, during the weekend of May 31 and June 1, 2008, the heart of Vieux-Vaudreuil will become the site of many must-see festivities and activities for people from within and outside the region," said Christiane Levesque.

The new 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 in Canada throughout the coming year.

(Also available on the Internet at www.patrimoinecanadien.gc.ca under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Marie-Claude Cadorette
    Regional Manager
    Communications, Quebec Region
    514-283-4027