Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 14, 2009 13:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Festival of Friends

ST. MALO, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Feb. 14, 2009) - Over the next few days, residents and visitors to St. Malo will have an opportunity to enjoy presentations of traditional step dancing and folk music by a variety of local musicians and dancers, as well as snow sculpture and log cutting demonstrations.

On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament (Provencher), today announced funding for the Friends of Saint-Malo Provincial Park, which will be used to support the Festival of Friends, to be held from February 13 to 15, 2009.

"Our Government knows how essential arts and culture are to our communities, our identity, and our economy," said Minister Moore. "We are proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate their local history and culture."

"It is important to encourage festivities like the Festival of Friends, which bring people of all ages and backgrounds together and contribute to a stronger local economy," said Minister Toews. "This celebration promotes a strong sense of pride among members of our community and demonstrates an ongoing commitment to celebrating Canada's rich and diverse culture."

"We are very grateful for the support we have received from the Government of Canada, and particularly from our Member of Parliament, Minister Toews. Without their ongoing commitment to the cultural vitality of our communities, this festival would not be possible," said Leo Roch, President of Friends of Saint-Malo Provincial Park. "We invite everyone in the region to come visit the park from February 13 to 15 to take part in the Festival of Friends, an official Trading Post of the Festival du Voyageur."

Funding of $16,900 is provided through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage, which provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and historic anniversaries in Canada this year.

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
    Communications and Executive Services
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations