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Library and Archives Canada

February 16, 2009 08:00 ET

Portrait Gallery of Canada Brings New Canadian Families Together on Family Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 16, 2009) - Today, on the occasion of Ontario's Family Day, the Portrait Gallery of Canada launched Family Portraits: immigration and identity, a community exhibition created in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

In the exhibition, 17 new Canadian families from countries around the world including Iran, Cameroon, Colombia and Afghanistan have come together to create unique original portraits that tell the story of their journey through identity.

"Creativity is in all of us," said Lilly Koltun, Director General of the Portrait Gallery of Canada, "but seeing how it can bring families from such far-flung countries together to explore the most fundamental question of all - who are we ? - is moving and exciting!"

"It has been truly an honour working with families new to Canada on this inspiring art initiative," said Dale Sheppard, Curator of Education and Public Programs at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. "Thank you to the Portrait Gallery of Canada for providing this exciting opportunity to work collaboratively with the community."

Family Portraits: immigration and identity runs until April 30, 2009, and is open daily, free of charge, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street.

This community exhibition was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization, the Metropolitan Immigrant Settlement Association in Halifax, the Coalition of New Canadians for Arts and Culture and the City of Ottawa, Cultural Services, Community Arts Program.

The Portrait Gallery of Canada, a program of Library and Archives Canada, is dedicated to showcasing the men and women who have helped shape and continue to shape our country. Through exhibitions, collections and programming, the Portrait Gallery of Canada reflects the values which define Canada and which continue to provide an enduring basis for our country's vision of nationhood now, and into the future. For more information, visit:

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