Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 16, 2009 14:12 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of Heritage Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 16, 2009) -

Whether as part of their jobs or as volunteers, thousands of Canadians are working to preserve and promote our rich heritage in our museums and libraries, at our historical sites, on the Internet and at festivals across the country. Heritage Day, created in 1973 by the Heritage Canada Foundation, is an excellent opportunity to recognize their work and the energy they devote to preserving our shared treasures.

This special day also allows us to reflect upon the importance of preserving our historic, architectural, cultural, and natural heritage so that everyone can enjoy access to it.

In my recent travels across the country, I have had the opportunity to visit some of Canada's finest cultural institutions: from the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia and the Art Gallery of Ontario to Montreal's Musee d'art contemporain and the Imperial Theatre in Saint John.

Our Government is proud to support institutions and festivals that contribute to the cultural vitality and quality of life of our communities. By investing in organizations like these, we are helping preserve our rich and diverse heritage.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I invite all Canadians to take advantage of this celebration to visit a museum, historical site, or any other place connected to culture and the arts. I am sure that you will discover fascinating aspects of the history and heritage of your municipality, your province, or Canada.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications