Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 25, 2008 09:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Fredericton Asian Heritage Month Committee

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - April 25, 2008) - Residents of Fredericton will be able to celebrate Asian Heritage Month thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada.

Mike Allen, Member of Parliament (Tobique-Mactaquac), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced funding for an Asian Heritage Month celebration in Fredericton.

Funding of $14,031 will help the Fredericton Asian Heritage Month Committee host a number of events in celebration of Asian Heritage Month. The activities, which will take place from May 5 to 31, 2008, include an Asian cultural gala, a film festival, and a cultural exhibition.

"Asian Heritage Month is an excellent opportunity for Canadians to learn about the contributions of Asian communities and reflect upon the significant ways in which Asian Canadians have helped shape our nation," said Minister Verner. "During the month of May, we invite all Canadians to celebrate the rich heritage of citizens of Asian origin and their contributions to Canada."

"Local celebrations such as this one bring people of all ages and all walks of life together and contribute to our communities' quality of life," said Mr. Allen. "I am proud that our Government is partnering with the Fredericton Asian Heritage Month Committee to support such an important event for our community."

"The Asian Heritage Month Committee offers citizens an opportunity to learn more about the rich history and cultures of Asian Canadians and celebrate their contributions to the community," said Madhu Verma, Chair of the committee. "Without the support we receive from Canadian Heritage, it wouldn't be possible to carry on our commitment to multiculturalism."

Established in 2002, the Fredericton Asian Heritage Month Committee organizes activities to promote Asian-Canadian history, culture, and art during Asian Heritage Month. This year's activities will focus on Japanese-Canadian history and culture. The month of May was officially declared Asian Heritage Month in 2001.

The Government of Canada has provided support through the Department of Canadian Heritage's Multiculturalism Program and the new Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage (BCAH) Program. The Multiculturalism Program aims to promote full participation of all Canadians into all spheres of society. The 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.

This release can also be found 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
    Atlantic Region
    Claudine Daigle
    Director, Regional Communications
    506 851-3980