Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 20, 2008 11:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Exposition Shalom Quebec

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - May 20, 2008) - Residents and visitors to Quebec City will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the Jewish community's culture and values, as well as its contributions to the city's history, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada.

Luc Harvey, Member of Parliament (Louis-Hebert), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced funding for Exposition Shalom Quebec. The announcement was made at the launch of the exhibition "Same Cloth; Different Thread: the History of the Jews of Quebec City," one of the official festivities commemorating the 400th anniversary of Quebec City.

Funding of $46,396 will enable the organization to conduct a study on the Jewish community's contribution to Quebec City's development. The centrepiece of the program of activities organized by Exposition Shalom Quebec will be an exhibition that traces the history of Jews in Quebec City from the time of New France. Visitors will follow the progress of Jewish families who left their mark on Quebec City and gain a renewed perspective of the contribution Jews have made to the region's history.

"Thanks to these activities marking the 400th anniversary of Quebec City, we will be able to learn more about one another and experience our differences, while celebrating our shared Canadian identity," said Minister Verner. "I am proud to live in a country that has made the many cultures of the world its own. That is why we are determined to strengthen our pluralism and our national cohesion."

"I congratulate Exposition Shalom Quebec on this initiative, which will provide visitors with the opportunity to become familiar with the history and the vitality of Quebec City's Jewish community," said Mr. Harvey.

Exposition Shalom Quebec is a non-profit organization devoted to researching and promoting a better understanding of the history of the Jewish community and its contribution to the heritage of Quebec City. As part of Quebec City's 400th anniversary celebrations, Exposition Shalom Quebec is organizing an exhibition featuring various social, cultural and recreational events.

The Government of Canada has provided this funding through the Community Life Component of the Development of Official Language Communities Program. This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage aims to enable the federal government to work with partners to offer minority official-language communities access to services in their own language, as well as the infrastructure necessary to ensure their growth and development.

The 400th anniversary of Quebec City, the cradle of the French language and culture in North America, is a historic event for Canada and North America, for it is from that date that we truly started to become what we are today. The Government of Canada is proud to contribute $110 million to the celebrations and to be a partner in the organization of this event, because the founding of Quebec also marks the founding of Canada as a country.

For more information on Quebec City's 400th anniversary, visit the Government of Canada's website on this historic event at www.quebec400.gc.ca

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,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Marie-Claude Cadorette
    Regional Manager Communications
    Quebec Region
    514-283-4027