Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

May 03, 2008 14:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Tyrconnell Heritage Society

DUTTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 3, 2008) - The community of Dunwich/Dutton will be able to take part in educational and cultural activities and events that celebrate the local heritage of the region, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada.

Joe Preston, Member of Parliament (Elgin-Middlesex-London), on behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced funding for the Tyrconnell Heritage Society.

The Society will receive funding of $4,000 for the Western Elgin Historical and Cultural Collaboration of Events, which will take place from May 23 to 25, 2008. The three-day event will feature cultural and educational activities and displays that will offer visitors a historical perspective on rural living. The festival is also geared toward hobbyists, naturalists, and those interested in Aboriginal studies.

"The Government of Canada is pleased to announce funding for the Western Elgin Historical and Cultural Collaboration of Events," said Minister Verner. "We are proud to partner with communities to support activities that celebrate local culture and provide Canadians with opportunities to get involved in their communities and in celebrating Canadian arts and heritage."

"Local festivals such as this one bring people of all ages and backgrounds together and help contribute to community life," said Mr. Preston. "The Government of Canada is proud to support such an important event for the Dutton region."

"Funding received through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program will assist the local cooperative to present a weekend for children and adults to explore the historic Talbot Settlement. Presenters, in 1850s period costume, will demonstrate pioneer skills and re-enact the War of 1812. On a self-guided car tour, participants will sample heritage food delicacies at local dining establishments in the Western Elgin Region, once home to Colonel Thomas Talbot," said Leta West, Past President of the Tyrconnell Heritage Society.

The 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.

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
    Ontario Region
    Maya Kane
    Manager, Regional Communications
    416-954-6615