It's High Tide on Vancouver Island for Canada 150: Catch the Waves of Celebration!

The Government of Canada supports Canada 150 celebrations in communities across the country

VICTORIA, June 16, 2017 /CNW/ - Dan Ruimy, Member of Parliament (Pitt Meadows–Maple Ridge), today announced support for the City of Victoria's Canada Day 2017 celebrations, as well as funding for events, activities and projects to celebrate Canada 150 across Vancouver Island. Mr. Ruimy made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

The Government of Canada is investing $400,000 in the City of Victoria's exciting array of Canada Day activities.

The City of Victoria will offer enhanced programming on July 1 to mark this important milestone in Canada's history. Spirit of 150 Victoria events will be featuring family-friendly activities, traditional Indigenous dancing and singing, multicultural performances, live music on two main stages and much more, culminating in a spectacular fireworks display over Victoria's Inner Harbour.

In addition to providing funding for the City of Victoria's Canada Day celebrations, the Government of Canada will also be providing close to $85,000 for events to celebrate Canada Day, as well as National Aboriginal Day (June 21), Saint-Jean-Baptiste: Fête nationale du Québec et de la Francophonie canadienne (June 24) and Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27) on Vancouver Island. These four special days of celebration are an opportunity to highlight what makes communities all across the country unique, diverse and vibrant.

What's more, in addition to funding for these special days, Mr. Ruimy also announced more than $385,000 for 11 Canada 150 projects that will give British Columbians the opportunity to participate in exciting programming and activities throughout this milestone year.

The Canada 150 Fund was established by the Government of Canada to allow Canadians across the country to take part in local, regional and Canada-wide celebrations and activities.

Quotes

"Canada 150 is a unique opportunity for communities to celebrate all that it means to be Canadian. Celebrations will be taking place all across the country, culminating with Canada Day. Join your friends and family and be a part of the celebrations in this outstanding year!"

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"This year affords us all an extraordinary moment to reflect on how fortunate we are as a country, to honour our tremendous accomplishments and to delight in that which makes us uniquely Canadian. I look forward to celebrating Canada Day and our sesquicentennial year with my fellow British Columbians as we look to our future with hope, generosity, openness and respect."

—Dan Ruimy, Member of Parliament (Pitt Meadows–Maple Ridge)

"I would like to thank Canadian Heritage for making our Spirit of 150 Victoria programming possible on Canada Day. As we begin our work towards reconciliation, we are also honoured to host National Aboriginal Day on June 21 at Victoria's Inner Harbour, the traditional territory of the Lekwungen People."

—Charlayne Thornton-Joe, Acting Mayor of Victoria

"This support from Canadian Heritage has enabled us to offer an exciting lineup of diverse multicultural programming over 11 days, including Canada Day, that will provide citizens the opportunity to come together to commemorate Canada's 150th."

—Alan Lowe, Chair, Greater Victoria Spirit Committee

Quick Facts

In honour of Canada 150, this year's special period of celebrations, beginning on June 21 and concluding with a major celebration for Canada Day on July 1, will be the most spectacular in Canadian history.

June 21 is National Aboriginal Day: a celebration of Indigenous culture and heritage. This date was chosen because it corresponds to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and because many Indigenous groups celebrate their culture and heritage at this time of year.

June 24, Saint-Jean-Baptiste: Fête nationale du Québec et de la Francophonie canadienne, marries the ancient rites surrounding the summer solstice—a period of light and hope—and the traditional celebration of the day of the patron saint of French Canadians.

June 27 was designated Canadian Multiculturalism Day on November 13, 2002. This day is an opportunity to appreciate the contributions of the various multicultural groups and communities to Canadian society.

On July 1, Canada Day, Canadians at home and abroad show their pride in their country's history, culture and accomplishments. This year, 19 urban centres across the country will celebrate Canada Day in a spectacular fashion: St. John's, Charlottetown, Halifax, Fredericton, Moncton, Québec City, Montréal, Ottawa–Gatineau, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria, Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit.

These celebrations will highlight the evolution of our country, from its Indigenous origins to the presence of the French and the birth of our rich Francophone heritage, and through the more recent waves of immigration that led to the development of a diverse and inclusive society.

A wide range of community projects, supported by the Canada 150 Fund, will also provide opportunities for Canadians to take part in celebrations in their communities. These projects will showcase the vitality of our diverse communities, as well as the many facets of Canada's diversity.

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Data Tables – Canada 150 Fund

 

City

Name of Organization

Name of Activity

Amount

Campbell River

CAMPBELL RIVER SCHOOL DISTRICT 72

Celebrating Canadian Culture

$2,000

Campbell River

CAMPBELL RIVER COMMUNITY ARTS COUNCIL

150 Banners For 150 Years! The Canada 150 Project

$15,000

Duncan

COWICHAN TRIBES FIRST NATION - TS'EWULHTUN HEALTH CENTRE OF THE COWICHAN TRIBES

Healing Together

$46,709

Esquimalt

CORPORATION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF ESQUIMALT

Township of Esquimalt Canada 150 Celebrations

$40,500

Ladysmith

TOWN OF LADYSMITH

Ladysmith & Stz'uminus Celebrate Canada 150

$46,000

Nanaimo

CANADA 150 NANAIMO CELEBRATION ORGANIZING COMMITTEE

Canada 150 Celebrations in Nanaimo

$49,900

Nanaimo

VANCOUVER ISLAND EXHIBITION ASSOCIATION

A Step Back in Time - Showcasing Our Canadian Agricultural Heritage

$21,055

Sidney

TOWN OF SIDNEY

Sidney Celebrates Canada 150

$27,540

Ucluelet

UCLUELET FIRST NATION

Clayoquot Biosphere Regional Gathering in recognition of Canada's 150th

$50,000

Victoria

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

Gardens of Canada and related public events

$38,500

Victoria

THE LAND TRUST ALLIANCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA

Take a Walk on the Wild Side BC: Celebrate Canada 150!

$48,000



TOTAL:

$385,204

 

Data Tables – Celebrate Canada

City

Name of Organization

Name of Activity

Amount

Ahousaht

AHOUSAHT ADMINISTRATION

National Aboriginal Day: Celebrating Ahousaht Life

$2,500

Alert Bay

CORPORATION OF THE VILLAGE OF ALERT BAY

Cormorant Island Canada Day Celebration

$400

Campbell River

CAMPBELL RIVER CANADA DAY COMMITTEE

Campbell River Canada Day

$7,000

Campbell River

LAICHWILTACH FAMILY LIFE SOCIETY

National Aboriginal Day Celebration

$1,750

Chemainus

CHEMAINUS VALLEY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Canada Day Celebration

$2,250

Courtenay

COMOX VALLEY MULTICULTURAL AND IMMIGRANT SUPPORT SOCIETY

Comox Valley Multicultural Festival - Canada 150 Birthday celebrating

$1,100

Courtenay

JULY 1ST COMMITTEE COURTENAY

Canada Day 2017

$2,800

Duncan

COWICHAN STATION AREA ASSOCIATION

Celebrate Canada at Cowichan Station - Flagpole Raising Party!

$800

Duncan

COWICHAN VALLEY INTERCULTURAL AND IMMIGRANT AID SOCIETY

Cowichan Multiculturalism Day Celebration & Community Multiculturalism Awards

$1,000

Duncan

COWICHAN VALLEY REGIONAL DISTRICT

Canada Day 2017 Celebration Event

$2,500

Duncan

HIIYE'YU LELUM (HOUSE OF FRIENDSHIP) SOCIETY

150 Years of Fun - Family Fun Day

$1,650

Duncan

MAPLE BAY COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Canada Day in Maple Bay

$1,400

Gabriola Island

GABRIOLA ARTS COUNCIL

Gabriola Canada Day Festival & Night Market

$2,000

Gabriola

GABRIOLA HISTORICAL AND MUSEUM SOCIETY

Celebrate Canada 150 on Gabriola

$600

Galiano Island

NORTH  GALIANO COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Canada Day Celebrations

$475

Gold River

MOWACHAHT/MUCHALAHT FIRST NATIONS

Aboriginal Day 2017

$1,600

Ladysmith

STZ'UMINUS FIRST NATION

2017 Aboriginal Day Celebrations

$1,500

Ladysmith

TOWN OF LADYSMITH

Celebrate Canada 2017

$3,200

Lantzville

ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION SEAVIEW CENTENNIAL (PACIFIC NO.257) BRANCH 257

Celebrate Canada Day

$600

Nanaimo

CANADA DAY 150 NANAIMO CELEBRATION COMMITTEE

Canada Day 150 Nanaimo Celebration

$9,000

Nanaimo

NANAIMO ABORIGINAL CENTRE SOCIETY

National Aboriginal Day in Nanaimo

$3,000

Nanaimo

NANAIMO CORRECTIONAL CENTRE

Aboriginal Day Celebration Event

$900

Pender Island

ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BRANCH 239

Canada Day Celebrations 2017

$800

Port Alberni

PORT ALBERNI FOLKFEST MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY

Port Alberni Folkfest

$2,800

Port Alice

VILLAGE OF PORT ALICE

Canada Day Celebrations

$1,600

Port Hardy

DISTRICT OF PORT HARDY

Canada Day 150

$2,400

Qualicum Beach

CORCAN - MEADOWOOD RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION

Meadowood Canada Day Celebration

$1,000

Quathiaski Cove

DISCOVERY ISLANDS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Quadra Island Canada Day Celebration

$1,000

Saanich

VANCOUVER ISLAND REGIONAL CORRECTIONAL CENTRE

National Aboriginal Day Celebration

$800

Sayward

SAYWARD FUTURES SOCIETY

Canada Day 2017

$1,500

Shawnigan Lake

ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION MALAHAT DISTRICT #134

Canada Day Pancake Breakfast

$500

Sidney

PENINSULA CELEBRATIONS SOCIETY

Sidney Days Canada Day

$4,000

Sointula

SOINTULA RECREATION ASSOCIATION

Sointula Canada Day Regatta 2017

$900

Sooke

DISTRICT OF SOOKE

Canada Day Fireworks

$1,500

Sooke

PORT RENFREW CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

2017 Canada Day Celebration

$1,100

Tahsis

VILLAGE OF TAHSIS

Celebrate Canada Day

$800

Ucluelet

DISTRICT OF UCLUELET

Canada Day 150 Celebration

$1,300

Ucluelet

PACIFIC RIM ARTS SOCIETY

Performance at Canada Day 150th Celebrations in Ucluelet

$1,300

Victoria

GORGE TILLICUM COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Gorge Canada Day Picnic

$2,500

Victoria

HULITAN FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SERVICES SOCIETY

Westshore Aboriginal day Celebration

$2,800

Victoria

SHANNON OAKS - OAK BAY

Celebrate Canada

$800

Victoria

SOCIÉTÉ FRANCOPHONE DE VICTORIA

Fête de la Saint Jean-Baptiste et participation francophone à la fête du Canada à Victoria

$1,500

Victoria

VICTORIA AFRICAN & CARIBBEAN SOCIETY

VACC Society Celebrating CANADA 150: Eat, Drum & Dance ensemble in the Park

$1,500

Victoria

VICTORIA HIGHLAND GAMES ASSOCIATION

Canada Day at Craigflower Manor

$3,000

Zeballos

CORPORATION OF THE VILLAGE OF ZEBALLOS

Canada Day Celebration in Zeballos

$1,500



TOTAL:

$84,925

 

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: For more information (media only), please contact: Pierre-Olivier Herbert, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155, pch.media-media.pch@canada.ca

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