OTTAWA, April 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Young people will continue to have the
opportunity to come to Ottawa and gain a better understanding of their
country, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. The
Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official
Languages, today announced funding for an additional three years to
Encounters with Canada. Minister Moore made the announcement as he met
with participants of the program during their visit to Parliament Hill.
Encounters with Canada is a week-long bilingual program that gives youth aged 14 to 17 from
different backgrounds and regions the opportunity to come to Ottawa and
get to know one another, discover their country, and gain a better
understanding of Canada's institutions. Approximately 3,000 students
participate in this program every year during the 26 weeks it runs from
September to May. This year marks the program's 30th anniversary.
"By participating in Encounters with Canada, young Canadians are given
an invaluable opportunity to come to our nation's capital to discover
Canada, learn about its institutions, develop leadership skills, and
have an extraordinary experience," said Minister Moore. "We are pleased
to invest in the future leaders of this great country, and I hope their
experience in the program deepens their knowledge of Canada, our
history, and our key institutions."
"This contribution will enable Encounters with Canada, a program of the
Historica-Dominion Institute—the largest independent organization
dedicated to Canadian history, identity, and citizenship—to continue
promoting this message, along with youth leadership and assisting our
young people in making more informed career choices," said Linda
Brunet, Director General, Encounters with Canada. "The support of the
Government of Canada has been invaluable, and we look forward to a
continued association for many years to come."
The week-long Encounters with Canada experience is divided into two
parts. The first part focuses on Canadian institutions, such as the
House of Commons and the Senate, and includes a guided tour of the
National Capital Region. The second part of the week is organized
around different themes; the theme for the week of April 2 is the
Battle of Vimy Ridge.
During his time with the participants, Minister Moore spoke about the
importance for young Canadians to learn more about Canada's history. He
also encouraged them to share what they experienced during the week
with their friends and family to inspire them to increase their
knowledge of our country's history.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $10,275,000 over three
years through the Exchanges Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This initiative helps
Canadian youth connect with one another, experience the diversity of
Canada's communities, languages and cultures, and get involved in the
future of the country.
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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