WEST VANCOUVER, Jan. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - Today the Honourable James Moore,
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, invited all
Canadians to reflect on Sir John A. Macdonald's life and
accomplishments, in honour of the 197th anniversary of his birth. Minister Moore spoke to students while
attending an event at Caulfeild Elementary School in West Vancouver.
Today's event was organized in partnership with the Historica-Dominion
Institute to showcase how classrooms across Canada can celebrate the
birth of Canada's first Prime Minister.
"Our Government received a strong mandate to support and celebrate
important milestones like the birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald, who
holds a very distinguished position in Canadian history as our
country's first Prime Minister and a Father of Confederation," said
Minister Moore. "Our Government is committed to educating all Canadians
on the importance of Sir John A. Macdonald's defining role in our
history, by celebrating his life and accomplishments and how they have
shaped the Canada we know today."
"We are thrilled to be in Vancouver to celebrate Sir John A. Macdonald
Day with schools in British Columbia and across Canada," said Jeremy
Diamond, Director at the Historica-Dominion Institute. "The life and
times of Canada's first Prime Minister, and founding father, teach us a
great deal about the origins of our country and how that history may
live on in the present."
Thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada, the
Historica-Dominion Institute launched a major educational campaign
during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years, to encourage schools
across Canada to organize their own Sir John A. Macdonald Day
celebrations on January 11.
This commemoration is just one of a series of events that will continue
to bring Canadians together in the years to come. Upcoming
commemorations include the following:
the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, the 200th anniversary of the Selkirk Settlement, and the 100th anniversary of the Grey Cup (2012)
the 200th birthday of Georges Etienne Cartier and the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown/Québec Conference (2014)
the 200th birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald (2015)
the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the 100th anniversary of the NHL, the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Dieppe, and Canada's 150th anniversary (2017)
the 25th anniversary of NAFTA (2019)
The Government of Canada is providing funding of $263,250 through the
Commemorate Canada component of the Department of Canadian Heritage's Celebration and Commemoration Program. This component provides financial support to initiatives of national
significance that commemorate various aspects of Canadian history.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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