Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 19, 2008 10:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Lethbridge Historical Society

LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 19, 2008) - The community of Lethbridge will celebrate its local history and heritage at the 5th annual Historic Lethbridge Week thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada.

Rick Casson, Member of Parliament (Lethbridge), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced funding for the Lethbridge Historical Society.

Funding of $3,000 will support the Lethbridge Historical Society's 5th annual Historical Lethbridge Week, which will be held from May 1 to May 10, 2008. The 10-day event will educate and celebrate the history of the city of Lethbridge and the architecture of local buildings. Other activities include concerts, exhibits, films and lectures.

"The Government of Canada is proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate local history, arts, and heritage," said Minister Verner. "We are committed to building stronger communities and to providing all Canadians with opportunities to get involved in their communities and in celebrating Canadian arts and heritage."

"It is important that future generations be aware of their origins and of Canada's rich and diverse heritage," said Mr. Casson. "Historic Lethbridge Week will increase pride among members of our community."

"Historic Lethbridge Week is a chance for us to celebrate our identity and culture, as well as an opportunity for both locals and tourists to understand the rich heritage of southwestern Alberta and gain a new appreciation of things they think they already know," said Belinda Crowson, President, Lethbridge Historical Society. "The money provided by Canadian Heritage through the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage Program is an important part of making this happen."

The new Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage (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 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
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Western Region
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager Communications
    604-666-6504