Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 11, 2005 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Restoration of the Maison Vezina


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FOR: CANADIAN HERITAGE

MARCH 11, 2005 - 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Restoration of the
Maison Vezina

BOISCHATEL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - March 11, 2005) - Minister of
Transport and Political Lieutenant for Quebec Jean-C. Lapierre, on
behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for
Status of Women Liza Frulla, today announced funding of $171,600 for the
Association culturelle et artistique de la Maison Vezina. This funding
will help this association continue to restore the Maison Vezina and to
convert the heritage property into a cultural centre.

"Cote-de-Beaupre was the landing point for America's first immigrants.
This region is blessed with a unique heritage that must be preserved,"
said Minister Lapierre. "I congratulate the Association for its
energetic work to protect this jewel of our heritage and for its efforts
to promote the work of artists from this magnificent part of the
country."

"An invaluable historic symbol, la Maison Vezina represents the rich
heritage of Cote-de-Beaupre," said Minister Frulla. "I am proud to
support this project, which will help promote an important part of our
past, while providing the region with a modern cultural facility."

The Maison Vezina was built in the first half of the 18th century. Built
on a lot bought in 1666 by Francois, son of the first Vezina in America,
the house was inhabited by nine generations of Vezinas. The house is
also located on the site chosen by General James Wolfe to lodge his
troops before the siege of Quebec in 1759. Once restored, the Maison
Vezina will serve as an information centre on military history, an art
gallery for local artists, and an educational centre for courses and
workshops in various art disciplines.

Financial assistance is provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage
through its Cultural Spaces Canada program. This program supports
cultural infrastructure projects that increase access for Canadians to
performing, visual, and media arts or that improve physical conditions
for artistic creativity and innovation.

Funding for this initiative was provided for in the February 2005
federal Budget.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Minister responsible for Status of Women
    Jean-Philippe Cote, Director of Communications
    (819) 997-7788
    or
    Office of the Minister of Transports
    Andre Fortin
    Press Secretary
    (613) 991-0700
    or
    Quebec Region
    Canadian Heritage
    Veronick Raymond, Director, Public Affairs
    (514) 283-7698
    (Available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media
    Room.)