UPDATE - Tree Canada marks national launch of #Canada150 celebrations at event in Regina, SK

REGINA, April 21, 2017 /CNW/ - In honour of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Tree Canada is pleased to announce the launch of its national #Canada150 celebrations with a free, family-friendly community event in Regina, SK.

The celebrations include 150 tree planting initiatives in communities in every province and territory across the country and are proudly coordinated by Tree Canada with the generous support of CN and the Government of Canada.

The launch event will take place in Regina's Victoria Park on April 23 from 3 pm until 6:30 pm CST. It is open to the public and includes a free live musical performance from Milkman's Sons, a powwow drum troupe, free BBQ, and other family-friendly entertainment.  The event will feature dignitaries including The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and MP for Regina-Wascana and Noel Starblanket of the Star Blanket Cree Nation.

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"All across the world, trees are a symbol of growth, strength, sustainability, hope, and peace," said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. "Our #Canada150 tree-planting celebrations are a perfect way to commemorate Canada's legacy in a positive, meaningful and lasting way, all while engaging people from coast to coast to coast."

"We are proud to be part of a program that helps make communities across Canada better places to live, work and play," said Luc Jobin, president and chief executive officer of CN. "In hundreds of Canadian communities, the railway has been a part of life for generations. We honour that history, and we proudly look toward our shared future with these Canada 150 celebrations."

"The environment is one of the major themes at the heart of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Confederation, which is why the Government of Canada is pleased to support Tree Canada. The Canada 150 project "Tree to Our Nature" will not only leave a lasting legacy for future generations, but also allow Canadians to get closer to nature and increase their environmental awareness. As Minister of Canadian Heritage, I would like to acknowledge everyone taking part in this inspiring and unifying project. I applaud your efforts to help build healthy, sustainable communities."
- The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

About Tree Canada:
Tree Canada is a non-profit charity dedicated to improving the lives of Canadians by planting and nurturing trees. Since 1992, we've planted more than 80 million trees, greened more than 580 schoolyards, helped restore places hit by natural disasters and brought together urban forestry experts greening cities all across Canada. Get involved or learn more about us at treecanada.ca.

About CN:
CN is a true backbone of the economy, transporting more than C$250 billion worth of goods annually for a wide range of business sectors, ranging from resource products to manufactured products to consumer goods, across a rail network spanning Canada and mid-America. CN – Canadian National Railway Company, along with its operating railway subsidiaries -- serves the cities and ports of Vancouver, Prince Rupert, B.C., Montreal, Halifax, New Orleans, and Mobile, Ala., and the metropolitan areas of Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, Duluth, Minn./Superior, Wis., and Jackson, Miss., with connections to all points in North America. For more information on CN, visit the company's website at www.cn.ca.

More information:

SOURCE Tree Canada

For further information: Paul Jorgenson, Manager of Communications and Marketing, Tree Canada, pjorgenson@treecanada.ca, 819-208-8230 (cellular); Lesley Sturla, High Road on behalf of Tree Canada, Lesley.sturla@highroad.com, 613-688-1185 (main), 613-889-4440 (cell); Steve Dominey, High Road on behalf of Tree Canada, Steve.Dominey@highroad.com, 613-688-1188


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