Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 06, 2009 11:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Festival Manipogo

SAINT-LAURENT, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - March 6, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, James Bezan, Member of Parliament (Selkirk-Interlake), is pleased to announce funding for the Festival Manipogo, which will help the Comite culturel de Saint-Laurent present the 2009 Festival Manipogo on March 6 and 7 to celebrate the community's French Metis heritage and traditions.

The Festival will showcase more than 25 local artists and artisans and bring together about 1000 people. Activities will include Metis dance, traditional fishing demonstrations, a music concert featuring local violin and dance groups, a Metis artisans exhibition, and snowshoeing demonstrations.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to support the Festival Manipogo," said Minister Moore. "We are proud to partner with communities to support activities that promote local arts and heritage."

"Local festivals like this one bring people of all ages and backgrounds together to contribute to building stronger communities," said Mr. Bezan. "I am proud that our Government has taken decisive steps to strengthen our shared sense of heritage."

"The funding we have received from the Government of Canada makes an invaluable contribution to the success of Festival Manipogo," said Daniel Fortier, President of the Comite culturel de Saint-Laurent. "The vitality of our culture and the promotion of our local artists are receiving some very important assistance, which ensures the development of our community."

The Government of Canada has provided this funding of $5,800 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.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and
    Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Prairies and Northern Region
    Francine D. Lefebvre, A/Director
    Regional Communications
    204-983-4367 / Cell: 204-229-5283
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations