Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 12, 2005 10:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports 'Versant d'eau....riche lieu de vie' Travelling Exhibition

OTTERBURN PARK, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 12, 2005) - Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister responsible for La Francophonie Jacques Saada, on behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Status of Women Liza Frulla, today announced $40,000 in funding for Radis Inc. The funds will help this organization develop a travelling exhibit for young people in Quebec, Ontario, and New Brunswick.

"Radis has chosen an interesting and entertaining way to introduce young Canadians to their history," said Minister Saada. "Projects like this one allow our young people to explore museums and increase their desire to learn more. I am pleased that the Government of Canada supports this top-notch organization."

"Canadian institutions show remarkable creativity in modernizing museum presentations and adapting them for the younger generation," said Minister Frulla. "The Government of Canada is committed to helping young people develop a passion for their culture and their heritage, so I am proud to support the efforts of an important organization like Radis."

Radis Inc. will use a refurbished school bus to house "Versant d'eau....riche lieu de vie!" an exhibit focussing on the Richelieu River basin and its importance to the region's economic, social, and environmental life. Aimed at senior elementary and high school students, as well as their families, it is presented as part of celebrations to mark the 400th anniversary of Champlain's arrival in Canada.

Financial assistance is provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage through its Museums Assistance Program. This program provides funding to Canadian museums and related institutions for projects that foster excellence in museum activities and that facilitate access to the treasures of our collective heritage.

Funding for this initiative was provided for in the February 2005 federal budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.

(This news release is available on the Internet at http://www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Minister responsible for Status of Women
    Jean-Francois Del Torchio, Press Secretary
    (819) 997-7788
    or
    Office of the Minister of the Economic Development Agency
    of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and
    Minister responsible for La Francophonie
    Daniel Dezainde, Press Secretary
    (514) 496-1282
    or
    Canadian Heritage, Quebec Region
    Marie-Claude Cadorette
    Communications Manager
    (514) 283-4027