Harper Government Invests in the 200th Anniversary of Red River Selkirk Settlement

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 Canada.

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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Sébastien Gariépy
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
819-997-7788

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
819-994-9101
1-866-569-6155
media@pch.gc.ca

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)


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