Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

January 20, 2011 10:14 ET

Minister Blackburn Announces Funding for Projects to Help Honour Veterans

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 20, 2011) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), announced today federal government support for a variety of community-led remembrance projects across the country honouring Veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Our government is proud to support community events like these, to ensure Canadians never forget the sacrifices made by our nation's truest heroes: our Veterans," said Minister Blackburn. "Through these types of initiatives, communities across the country prove their continuing gratitude to those who gave so much for our freedom."

A total of six community-led remembrance projects across the country are receiving a combined total of up to $31,470 through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund. The remembrance projects include ceremonies and commemorative receptions, theatrical productions, historical conferences and choral events.

Applications to the Community Engagement Partnership Fund are accepted throughout the year. Non-profit groups, educational institutions and other organizations delivering remembrance activities and events may be eligible for funding. Once the announced events have passed, eligible costs are reimbursed up to, but not beyond, the approved sum.

Please visit www.veterans.gc.ca for more information and a list of funded projects. Also visit the Web site or call 1-866-522-2122 to learn more about the Community Engagement Partnership Fund or to apply for funding.

Backgrounder

Community Engagement Partnership Fund

The following projects were approved for funding through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund:

British Columbia

Royal British Columbia Museum (Victoria) – Up to $2,470 to the Royal British Columbia Museum for remembrance commemorations during Veterans' Week from November 5 to 11, 2010, in Victoria, British Columbia. The museum presented seven days of free seminars, activities and displays to honour those who served and those who continue to serve. Highlights included the Victoria Children's Choir, talks with Veterans, historians, presentations by the exhibit curators about wartime poster art and the lives lost during the First World War.

Richmond Public Library – Up to $5,000 to the Richmond Public Library for a Remembrance Day celebration on November 7, 2010, in Richmond, British Columbia. The celebration was a family event which focused on understanding the meaning of Remembrance Day. Booths were set up by the Chinese Canadian Military Museum and cadets. Books and DVDs on Canada's military history and military vehicles were also on display. Youth participated in arts and crafts projects, including making valentines for Veterans.

Ontario

Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre – Up to $5,000 to the Japanese Cultural Centre for the Japanese Cultural Experience Conference: Sharing our Stories of the War Years. The conference took place on November 20, 2010, in Toronto, Ontario. The purpose was to preserve, share and remember the history of Japanese Canadians during the war years and to pay tribute to the community's founding generations and Veterans. During the conference, Japanese Canadian Veterans were invited to share their stories and answered questions. Guest speakers focussed on the importance of educating youth about the war years.

Great Canadian Theatre Company – Up to $10,000 to the Great Canadian Theatre Company for the play Vimy, held from November 9 to December 11, 2010, in Ottawa, Ontario. Vimy was written by Vern Thiessen to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 2007.

The play is set in a field hospital in France after the April 1917 storming of the German-held ridge. The focus is on four wounded soldiers and their nurse who all hail from different places across Canada and examines the battle as a landmark event in shaping our country's national identity. The play is the first co-production between the Great Canadian Theatre Company and the National Arts Centre English Theatre. The audience was also invited to participate in a three part lecture series.

Nipissing First Nation – Up to $4,000 to the Nipissing First Nation for a Remembrance Day ceremony on November 11, 2010, in Garden Village, Ontario. A gathering took place at the local cenotaph where Nipissing First Nation's Eagle Staff led flag bearers carrying the Canadian, Anishinabek, Nipissing First Nation and Korean flags to the opening ceremonies. The Nipissing drum group acknowledged the event with an honour song and an Elder opened the ceremony with a prayer in Ojibway. Activities also included a wreath-laying and flag-raising ceremony as well as performances from other youth drum groups.

Nova Scotia

MicMac Native Friendship Society – Up to $5,000 to the MicMac Native Friendship Society for a choral event entitled Unsung Heroes held in late November in Chester Basin, Halifax and Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Over 100 performers of all ages, representing Mi'kmaq, French, African Nova-Scotian, Celtic, Acadian and immigrant cultures gathered together to honour all Veterans who served during the First and Second World War, the Korean War and subsequent conflicts through music. The performances were held at the Royal Canadian Legion in Chester, the Via Rail Train Station in Halifax and the St. John's Anglican Church in Lunenburg. Two music videos will be created from the project: one featuring a young artist who created a poem about Aboriginal Veterans and one for a choral performance of the song entitled Remember Me.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    613-992-7468
    or
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Vincent Caron
    Special Assistant, Policy and Communication
    613-995-5786
    Cell: 613-240-9028