Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

June 04, 2015 12:00 ET

Marking National Aboriginal Day, Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day Celebrations in West-Central Alberta

Member of Parliament Jim Eglinski Announces Celebrate Canada Support for Community Organizations

YELLOWHEAD COUNTY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - June 4, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

Fifteen organizations will receive combined funding totalling $33,300 for National Aboriginal Day, Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day celebrations in villages, towns and cities across West-Central Alberta. This support has been provided through the Celebrate Canada program.

Member of Parliament Jim Eglinski (Yellowhead) made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • The Department of Canadian Heritage provides funding for activities organized on specific days during the Celebrate Canada period from June 21 to July 1.
  • The communities of Alberta Beach, Barrhead, Drayton Valley, Edson, Entwistle, Grande Cache, Jasper, Mayerthorpe, Onoway, S.V. Ross Haven, Swan Hills, Tomahawk and Whitecourt will receive funding for their activities.
  • Celebrate Canada is a four-day celebration that includes National Aboriginal Day on June 21, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27, and Canada Day on July 1.
  • In 2014, the Government of Canada invested in more than 1,600 projects and events across the country through the Celebrate Canada program.

Quotes

"Local festivals and celebrations, like these ones, help build momentum in the lead-up to the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017-a pivotal milestone in our nationhood that is set to be an exceptional year for Canadians and our country. Canadians are encouraged to participle in local, regional and national events and initiatives and contribute ideas towards this important event."

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

"Our Government is committed to supporting local anniversaries and celebrations that provide us with an opportunity to honour our heritage, reflect on our past and look ahead to our future. I extend my best wishes and thanks to all of the organizers and volunteers for their continued efforts in making each and every one of these celebrations a success."

- Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament (Yellowhead)

"Every year our community looks forward to celebrating our country and the fantastic diversity we enjoy during our Canada Day and National Aboriginal Day festivities. Canadian Heritage continues to support our efforts to provide free, fun and pride-filled events for the residents of Whitecourt. With this support, we have been able to make our events bigger, more meaningful and the perfect place to spend the day with friends and family. "

- Kelly Sadoway, Recreation Coordinator, Town of Whitecourt

Associated Links

Celebrate Canada program

History of Canada Day

The Canada 150 Fund

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Background

Celebrate Canada is a four-day celebration that takes place from June 21 to July 1 and includes National Aboriginal Day on June 21, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27, and Canada Day on July 1.

Municipality Organization Project Funding and Year
Alberta Beach Alberta Beach & District Chamber of Commerce 5th Annual Alberta Beach Canada Day Celebrations $2,500 (2015-16)
Barrhead Town of Barrhead Canada Day Celebration 2015 $2,500 (2015-16)
Drayton Valley Town of Drayton Valley Canada Day Celebration $3,000 (2015-16)
Edson Town of Edson Canada Day Celebration 2015 $2,500 (2015-16)
Edson Edson Friendship Centre Aboriginal Day Celebrations $1,000 (2015-16)
Entwistle Entwistle Community League Celebrate Canada 2015 $1,200 (2015-16)
Grande Cache Aseniwuche Winewak Nation of Canada, A Fellowship of Aboriginal People AWN Celebrates $1,500 (2015-16)
Grande Cache Willmore Wilderness Preservation and Historical Foundation Celebrate Canadian Rocky Mountain Traditions & Culture $800 (2015-16)
Jasper Jasper Canada Day Committee Jasper Celebrates Canada Day $7,000 (2015-16)
Mayerthorpe Town of Mayerthorpe Canada Day Celebration 2015 $1,400 (2015-16)
Onoway Town of Onoway Town of Onoway Celebrate Canada Breakfast $400 (2015-16)
S.V. Ross Haven Ross Haven Community League Canada Day Celebration $2,000 (2015-16)
Swan Hills Town of Swan Hills Swan Hills Celebrates Canada $1,000 (2015-16)
Tomahawk Tomahawk & District Agriculture and Sports Society Tomahawk Canada Day Celebration $1,000 (2015-16)
Whitecourt Town of Whitecourt Celebrate Canada 2015 and National Aboriginal Day $5,500 (2015-16)
TOTAL: $33,300

Contact Information

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

    Anna Gravelle
    Regional Communications Manager
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    604-666-6504

    Media Relations
    Canadian Heritage
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca