Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 27, 2008 11:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Aurora Winterfest Committee

CHURCHILL, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - March 27, 2008) - Northern winter traditions and Manitoba's Aboriginal heritage will be on display during Churchill's annual Aurora Winterfest. This event is taking place thanks in part to an investment from the Government of Canada.

On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, the Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament (Provencher), today announced funding for the Aurora Winterfest Committee.

Funding of $6,700 will help the committee organize this year's festival, which runs from March 28 to April 5, 2008.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to announce funding for the Aurora Winterfest under the new Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program," said Minister Verner. "We are proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate local history and heritage."

"Local festivals like this one bring people of all ages and backgrounds together and contribute to communities' quality of life," said Minister Toews. "I am proud that our Government is supporting such an important event for this community."

"Churchill's 10th annual Aurora Winterfest, an event celebrating our rich northern heritage, has a hard-working group of wonderful volunteers planning exciting events for all ages to participate in or to enjoy watching," said Louise Lawrie, Coordinator of Aurora Winterfest. "The Canadian Heritage support is very appreciated and helps to make this event Churchill's premier festival of the year!"

The Aurora Winterfest celebrates the culture, history, and Aboriginal heritage of the Churchill, Manitoba region through four main traditional northern activities. Participants will enjoy dog-team races and workshops, snowmobile races, demonstrations of snow sculpting and igloo building, as well as musical performances. The Aurora Winterfest Committee is made up entirely of volunteers, and about 60 of them organize and present Winterfest.

The new Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage (BCAH) program, announced in September 2007, provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in local activities that present arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and celebrations in Canada throughout the coming year.

The Government of Canada is committed to building stronger communities and to providing all Canadians with opportunities to get involved in their communities and in the celebration of Canadian arts and heritage.

This release can also be found on the Internet at www.patrimoinecanadien.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Angela Cassie
    A/Director of Communications
    Prairies and Northern Region
    204-983-4367