SAINT-EUSTACHE, QC, April 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Thanks to an investment from
the Government of Canada, citizens of the Laurentian region will
celebrate two major anniversaries in 2012—the 250th anniversary of the Moulin Légaré (historic site and monument) and the
175th anniversary of the Rebellion of 1837, during which the Saint-Eustache
Church played an important role. This was announced today by the
Honourable Claude Carignan, Senator and Deputy Leader of the Government
in the Senate, on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of
Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
Funding will support a broad variety of activities that are taking place
from February 11 to December 16, 2012. Close to 450 artists,
craftspeople, and performers will be part of the celebrations, in
addition to 250 volunteers. Approximately 60,000 visitors are expected.
"Our Government is proud to honour the history and heritage of our
communities," said Minister Moore. "These organizations represent some
of the very best that Quebec has to offer. We believe that investing in
culture is essential for our economy and for the strength of
communities across Canada."
"I am proud that the Government of Canada is supporting the Corporation
du moulin Légaré, because in addition to encouraging citizens to
participate in activities for these major anniversaries that celebrate
the region's history and heritage and contribute to its economic
development, it revives a sense of belonging among residents to this
magnificent area of Quebec," said Senator Carignan.
"Thanks to Government of Canada funding, the 2012 festivities will
highlight two important dates in the history of Saint-Eustache. These
major historic events mark a significant turning point for our city in
recognizing, promoting, and celebrating our history and our heritage,"
said Ernest Labelle, President of the Corporation du moulin Légaré.
"Carrying out the programming, in close cooperation with cultural and
heritage organizations will help us develop new connections and
partnerships and strengthen existing ones."
"The Moulin Légaré is a living witness of our past and a constant source
of pride for residents of Saint-Eustache. Its presence contributes to
Saint-Eustache's distinctive and unique character. This year will
highlight the Moulin's 250th anniversary, and we are delighted about the Government of Canada's
support for our ongoing efforts to protect and promote this jewel of
our cultural heritage, for the benefit of present and future
generations," said Pierre Charron, Mayor of Saint-Eustache.
The Corporation du moulin Légaré plays a leading role within the
heritage centre of Vieux-Saint-Eustache. The organization is recognized
for its professionalism in conservation initiatives, for showcasing the
mill, and for educating the public about history and heritage.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $109,380 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides
Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that
present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
For further information:
(media only), please contact:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
Director, Regional Communications
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)