Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

June 20, 2014 10:00 ET

Investing in Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration in Winnipeg

Minister Glover announces funding to Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and invites everyone to take part in the celebrations

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - June 20, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing $20,005 in funding to Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) for the 2014 edition of its Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration, which is taking place on June 21 at The Forks in Winnipeg.

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages made this announcement today. The Government of Canada is providing financial support through the Celebrate Canada program. Celebrate Canada is four days of celebrations that begin with National Aboriginal Day on June 21, continue with Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24 and Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27, and end with Canada Day on July 1.

Quick Facts

  • Held at The Forks Historical Site, APTN's Winnipeg Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration event features:
    • a Cultural Village and Celebration Stages showcasing First Nations, Inuit, and Métis dancers, singers, artists, storytellers, and drummers;
    • a pow wow and a skateboard competition;
    • a free evening concert, co-hosted by Michelle Thrush and Derek Miller, featuring some of the most celebrated names in Aboriginal music and television; and
    • a fireworks display to end the day's activities.
  • About 35,000 people are expected to participate in the activities at The Forks.

Quotes

"I am proud that our Government is investing in APTN's Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration in Winnipeg. This event provides a wonderful opportunity to highlight the culture, heritage, and diversity of our country's First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. I invite everyone to come to The Forks and take part in this fantastic celebration!"

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"On behalf of the network, I give many thanks to the Government of Canada and Canadian Heritage who have provided generous support to our celebration. Not only does this contribution allow us to build the show locally with musicians from across Manitoba, but it also allows us to reach out into the community to provide opportunities for talent nationwide."

-Sky Bridges, Chief Operating Officer, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network

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Winnipeg Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration

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Contact Information

  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    819-997-7788

    Francine D. Lefebvre, Regional Manager, Communications
    Prairies and Northern Region
    Canadian Heritage
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    Cell: 204-899-8611
    francine.lefebvre@pch.gc.ca

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