Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

August 13, 2008 08:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Carrefour de l'Isle Saint-Jean

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND--(Marketwire - Aug. 13, 2008) - The 250th anniversary of the Deportation of the Acadians from Prince Edward Island will be commemorated in Charlottetown, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

Senator Gerald J. Comeau, on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for the Carrefour de l'Isle Saint-Jean.

Funding of $15,000 will help commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Deportation of the Acadians from Prince Edward Island. This event will take place from August 15 to 17, 2008, in Port-la-Joye and will include an official ceremony, the unveiling of a monument, historical and genealogical presentations, and a mega-concert.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to announce funding to celebrate this important event for the Acadian community, especially for the Acadians from Prince Edward Island," said Minister Verner. "We are proud to partner with a well-known organization like the Carrefour de l'Isle Saint-Jean to support an event celebrating Acadian history and heritage."

"The Deportation of the Acadians was a tragic event that has marked our history. It's important to celebrate this anniversary to remember our origins and share our history and values with future generations," said Senator Comeau. "I am proud that our Government has taken decisive steps to help commemorate this event and the accomplishments of all Acadians."

"The support we receive from the Department of Canadian Heritage is essential to the success of our event, which will celebrate heritage in Charlottetown, birthplace of Confederation," said Alex Robert, Chair of the Conseil communautaire du Carrefour de l'Isle Saint-Jean.

The Government of Canada has provided this funding through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program, announced in September 2007, provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

Applications for funding for festivals to be held between January 1 and August 31, 2009, and for community historical commemorations between January 1 and December 31, 2009, must be received by September 1, 2008.

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 Status of Women and Minister for La Francophonie
    Kassandra Albert
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Claudine Daigle
    Director, Regional Communications
    Atlantic Region
    506-851-3980
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155