Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

October 17, 2014 17:30 ET

Patrimoni'art, a Unique Project for Acadian and Francophone Youth in the Clare Region

Government of Canada supports the Federation regionale des arts et du patrimoine de la Baie Sainte-Marie

CHURCH POINT, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Oct. 17, 2014) - Department of Canadian Heritage

Young Francophones in the Clare region will have the opportunity to enjoy a unique educational and cultural experience in their native language, thanks to a project by the Fédération régionale des arts et du patrimoine de la Baie Sainte-Marie.

Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament (West Nova), today announced $10,000 in funding for the Fédération régionale des arts et du patrimoine de la Baie Sainte-Marie. He made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The Patrimoni'art project was launched on September 1, 2014 and will continue until March 31, 2015. About 20 young people will take part in workshops on producing short films and radio vignettes about cultural heritage. They will also conduct research in their community, with the help of volunteers, to learn about Acadian historical heritage.

Quick Facts

  • The Fédération régionale des arts et du patrimoine de la Baie Sainte-Marie, established in 2008, is dedicated to supporting artists and arts and culture organizations in Clare, a largely Acadian region made up of 45 communities.
  • The young people taking part in the project will create radio spots that will be broadcast on community radio station CIFA-FM, along with short films that will be presented at the Festival de Clare-té in March 2015. This initiative could reach an audience of more than 6,000 people.
  • This support from the Government of Canada is being provided through the Development of Official-Language Communities Program.

Quotes

"Our two official languages are central to our identity as Canadians. Our Government is proud to contribute to the Patrimoni'art project, which will give young people the opportunity to discover the rich Acadian history and heritage of their part of the country."

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

"Organizations like the Fédération régionale des arts et du patrimoine de la Baie Sainte-Marie play a key role in enhancing the vitality of the Acadian and Francophone communities in Nova Scotia. The Patrimoni'art project attests to the cultural vitality and sense of pride in the French language that characterize the vibrant communities of the Clare region."

-Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament (West Nova)

"The Fédération régionale des arts et du patrimoine is delighted to be able to develop its project Patrimoni'art. We are committed to Acadian youth, and it is thanks to projects like this that we can work toward the protection of our heritage and strengthen Acadian cultural identity."

-Émile Blinn, President, Fédération régionale des arts et du patrimoine de la Baie Sainte-Marie

Associated links

Development of Official-Language Communities Program

Fédération des arts et du patrimoine de la Baie Sainte-Marie

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