Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 26, 2008 12:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports the Town of Asquith's Centennial Celebration

ASQUITH, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - June 26, 2008) - Residents and visitors to Asquith will have an opportunity to take part in the Asquith Centennial Celebration, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Carol Skelton, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Rosetown-Biggar), 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 Asquith Centennial Celebration.

Funding of $5,000 will support the Asquith Centennial Celebration, taking place from July 4 to 6, 2008. The Asquith Centennial Committee has organized a number of activities to commemorate the anniversary,including a concert by local musicians, an interpretive heritage walking tour of the community, displays of historic photographs and objects, and demonstrations of old time, agricultural and domestic activities, such as threshing and butter churning.
"The Government of Canada is pleased to announce funding for the Asquith Centennial Celebration," said Minister Verner. "We are proud to partner with communities to support activities that promote local arts and heritage."

"It is important that future generations be aware of their origins and of Canada's rich and diverse heritage," said Mrs. Skelton. "The Asquith Centennial Celebration will increase pride among members of our community."

"The grant we have received from the Department of Canadian Heritage is truly appreciated and has been a great help in making our celebration a success," said Marg Down, Chair of the Asquith Centennial Committee. "The funding gives us the opportunity to showcase local entertainment, recognize our volunteers, and, most importantly, bring the community together to mark this historic anniversary."

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