Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 15, 2010 09:30 ET

Government of Canada Supports the Three Peoples at the Crossroads Event

TIGNISH, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Nov. 15, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Member of Parliament (Egmont), today announced funding for the West Prince Heritage Complex Association.

The funding will help the Association present Three Peoples at the Crossroads. This event will celebrate the contributions of the Mi'kmaq, Acadian, and Irish peoples to the founding and development of Tignish, a small community in northwestern Prince Edward Island. Activities will include music and dance performances and a play, representing the culture and heritage of the three founding peoples of Tignish. Celebrations will be ongoing from March to December 2011.

"As we approach the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the Irish in Tignish, the Government of Canada is pleased to support Three Peoples at the Crossroads," said Minister Moore. "This event will serve as a window on the Aboriginal, Francophone, and Anglophone cultures of Prince Edward Island and build bridges between the three great communities of this province, thereby strengthening Canadian identity."

"Made possible by the efforts of 125 volunteers and 80 artists, artisans, and local heritage interpreters, the Three Peoples at the Crossroads event will celebrate our culture and heritage," said Minister Shea. "It should also generate economic benefits, given that the event is expected to attract about 4,000 residents and visitors."

"The West Prince Heritage Complex Association wishes to express its thanks to the Department of Canadian Heritage for its support of Three Peoples at the Crossroads: West Prince," said David Le Gallant, President of the Association. "This project will give us an opportunity to educate the broader community about various aspects of Acadian, Irish, and Mi'kmaq heritage and culture."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $18,200 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Newsroom.)

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  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Codie Taylor - Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations