Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

September 07, 2010 10:42 ET

Government of Canada Supports Tricentennial Celebration in Tatamagouche

TATAMAGOUCHE, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 7, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Scott Armstrong, Member of Parliament (Cumberland–Colchester–Musquodoboit Valley), today announced funding for the Creamery Square Association to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the arrival and settlement of the French in the Tatamagouche area.

To celebrate this anniversary, the Creamery Square Association has undertaken the reconstruction of a chaloupe, which will be placed on the waterfront of Creamery Square. This 18th-century wooden boat was traditionally used by French settlers and has helped shape our country's history. Visitors will have access to interpretative information on the history of chaloupes in Canada and will be able to take tours in the boat.

"Each year, communities across the country hold events and festivals that celebrate our shared Canadian identity and our rich cultural and historical heritage," said Minister Moore. "By partnering with communities to support these events, the Government of Canada is fulfilling its commitment to strengthen our communities and support arts, culture, and heritage."

"It is very fitting that the Creamery Square Association chose a reconstruction of an 18th-century chaloupe to highlight this tricentennial, as this type of boat was an important means of transportation for the settlers at the time," said Mr. Armstrong. "The chaloupe will be an excellent addition to Creamery Square, a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can come together and learn about Canada's history."

"The Creamery Square Association is pleased with the support provided by Canadian Heritage for the celebration of this tricentennial. We appreciate the value our government places on arts and heritage activities, given that they are closely linked with our local economies," said Colin Fowlie, Project Manager for the Creamery Square Development Project. "Tatamagouche, with its rich history, is a vibrant community, and Creamery Square and additions such as the chaloupe continue to make it a destination of choice for people interested in learning more about our country."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $10,000 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 www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon - Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    matthew.deacon@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca