Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 15, 2009 11:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports 100th Anniversary of Sainte-Hedwidge

SAINTE-HEDWIDGE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 15, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec) and Member of Parliament (Roberval-Lac-Saint-Jean), today announced funding for the 100th anniversary of the Municipality of Sainte-Hedwidge.

This funding will allow the community to hold commemorative events throughout 2009 with activities that feature strong local content.

All year long, Sainte-Hedwidge's centennial celebrations will highlight the founding of this Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean municipality with family, cultural, and historical activities, including shows and performances by local artists, art and sculpture exhibitions, three historical evenings, and a reunion weekend.

"Our Government is proud to be a partner in the celebrations for the 100th anniversary of Sainte-Hedwidge," said Minister Moore. "Partnerships like this one are essential for citizens to celebrate the vitality of local history, arts, and heritage."

"Roberval-Lac-Saint-Jean has many towns and villages that boast an extraordinary past," said Minister of State Lebel. "The year 2009 will be one in which Sainte-Hedwidge celebrates its centennial and highlights its history and heritage. I invite everyone to discover or rediscover our beautiful municipality. I am proud to be a part of this project, thanks to our Government."

"The Comite du centenaire de Sainte-Hedwidge is thrilled with the announcement of Government of Canada funding for activities commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the municipality," said Sylvain Prive, Chair of the Comite du centenaire de Sainte-Hedwidge. "This funding will enable us to promote Sainte-Hedwidge's vast artistic and cultural wealth."

The Government of Canada is providing funding of $19,900 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in local activities that showcase local arts and culture and celebrate the history and heritage of a region.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and
    Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage, Quebec Region
    Eric Amyot
    Director, Regional Communications
    514-283-4027
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155