WINNIPEG, Sept. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - An investment from the Harper
Government will help promote tourism in the Winnipeg region and
recognize what was a defining moment in the establishment of Western
The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official
Languages, today announced funding to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Red River Selkirk Settlement. The announcement took
place at the Manitoba Museum, which is currently hosting the exhibit The Selkirk Settlement: 200 Years.
"This year marks the start of the five-year countdown to Canada's 150th birthday in 2017," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to
invest in projects that contribute to our collective identity and
define who we are as Canadians. On the road to 2017, let us continue to
celebrate all of the things that make Canada the united, prosperous,
and free country we are today."
In 1812, the first wave of settlers reached Assiniboia and founded what
became known as the Red River Settlement. They planted the first wheat
and established an agriculture-based economy that allowed the region to
thrive and become what is today, the Province of Manitoba. Manitoba
joined Confederation in 1870.
"This commemoration is an opportunity to recognize and honour the
historical impact of the arrival of the Lord Selkirk Settlers, their
experiences, and their contribution to the development of the City of
Winnipeg and agriculture in Western Canada and beyond," said Lawrence
Prout, Co-Chair of the Red River Selkirk Settlers Bicentenary
Committee. "We believe this part of our history needs to be told
because it speaks to all Canadians."
The Government of Canada is providing funding of $400,550 in 2012 to the
Bicentenary of the Red River Selkirk Settlement Committee through the Commemorate Canada Program. This investment has enabled the Committee to organize events and
activities from September 3 to 9, 2012, that commemorate this important
milestone. Activities included cultural presentations and
re-enactments. An educational website, educational materials, and a
commemorative plaque will also be produced to create a lasting legacy
of this important moment in Canadian history. These activities will
provide Canadians, particularly youth, with a better understanding and
appreciation of the history of Western Canada.
The commemoration of the Red River Settlement is one of many
anniversaries that are bringing Canadians together as the country moves
closer to its 150th anniversary in 2017.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)