WINNIPEG, Feb. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Important renovations to Barber House
will be completed thanks to support from the Government of Canada. The
Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety and Regional Minister
for Manitoba, today announced the funding on behalf of the Honourable
James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
The SISTARS Community Economic Development Co-Op is renovating Barber
House and turning it into a heritage facility and community centre to
mark the 200th anniversary of the Selkirk Settlement. The funding announced today will
help the Co-op undertake the final steps to complete the project.
"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in
and celebrate important milestones like the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the Red River Selkirk Settlers in
Manitoba," said Minister Moore. "By supporting the renovation of Barber
House, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our
economy and support arts, culture, and heritage."
"This project provided an ideal way to celebrate an event of such
significance to Winnipeg and the Point Douglas neighborhood," said
Minister Toews. "With this additional support, the SISTARS Community
Economic Development Co-Op will be able to put the final touches on
Barber house, transforming it into the multifunctional meeting place it
was destined to be."
"The Barber House has gone from a neglected, rundown building to a
beautiful ray of light and hope for the Point Douglas neighbourhood,"
said Sandy Dzedzora, Board Chair of SISTARS Community Economic
Development Co-op. "Not only is it a historical gem, but it also
provides a safe and caring place for community members and our
The Government of Canada is providing funding of $28,979 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
heritage. This funding is in addition to the $301,509 already provided
to SISTARS for the project.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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