Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 26, 2008 11:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Metis Days

BOISSEVAIN, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - June 26, 2008) - Residents and visitors to Lake Metigoshe will have an opportunity to take part in Metis Days, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

Merv Tweed, Member of Parliament (Brandon-Souris), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced funding for Metis Days.

Funding of $3,000 will support the 15th annual Metis Days, which take place from July 5 to 6, 2008, in Lake Metigoshe, Manitoba. This event celebrates Metis culture through traditional song, dance, arts and crafts, and heritage presentations on the Michif language.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to announce funding for Metis Days," said Minister Verner. "We are proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate local history, arts, and heritage."

"It is important that future generations are aware of their origins and of Canada's rich and diverse heritage," said Mr. Tweed. "Metis Days will increase pride within our community and strengthen its shared sense of heritage."

"We're ecstatic to receive funding from Canadian Heritage in support of Metis Days," said Steve Racine, Chair of Turtle Mountain Local. "The grant will assist us with showcasing and celebrating our Metis culture."

The Government of Canada has provided this funding through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to provide 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 throughout Canada this year.

The Government of Canada is committed to building stronger communities and to providing all Canadians with opportunities to get involved in their communities and to celebrate Canadian arts and heritage.

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
    and Minister for La Francophonie
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage - Prairies and Northern Region
    Angela Cassie
    A/Director of Communications and Executive Services
    204-983-4367