Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 21, 2008 09:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Societe acadienne de Clare

SAULNIERVILLE, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - June 21, 2008) - Residents from the Clare area will celebrate Canada's cultural diversity and the 400th anniversary of Quebec City, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

Senator Gerald J. Comeau, 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 the Societe acadienne de Clare.

The Societe acadienne de Clare will receive $7,000 in funding to present three cultural events celebrating cultural diversity in Canada: National Aboriginal Day on June 21, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24, and Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27. Residents and visitors to the region will be able to participate in heritage activities, musical performances, and workshops.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to announce support that will allow the Societe acadienne de Clare to present activities that celebrate Canada's cultural diversity," said Minister Verner. "We are proud that this investment will assist the Societe in inviting all Canadians to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Quebec City. It was in 1608, when Quebec City was founded, that we truly began our journey to become what we are today. The founding of Quebec City also marks the founding of the Canadian state."

"Celebrate Canada! brings citizens from all over the country together to celebrate their country and to show their pride in being Canadian," said Senator Comeau. "This is a great opportunity to discover and appreciate Canada's diverse communities and to recognize their important contribution to creating the country we live in today, a country rich in diversity."

"The support we receive from Canadian Heritage is essential to the success of our cultural events," said Yvette Armstrong, President of the Societe acadienne de Clare. "With support from our partners, we can present various activities that promote cultural connections in the Clare area and celebrate Canadian diversity."

The Government of Canada has provided this support under the pan-Canadian funding for Celebrate Canada!'s 2008 activities, which will highlight the 400th anniversary of Quebec City. This will provide Canadians from different regions with a unique opportunity to participate in community activities celebrating the 400th anniversary of Quebec City. The Celebrate Canada! program promotes pride in being Canadian by encouraging participation in Celebrate Canada! activities from June 21 to July 1.

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
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101