BARKERVILLE, BC, Feb. 16, 2012 /CNW/ - The living history of the Cariboo
region and Western Canada's gold rush era will be celebrated and
commemorated, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada.
This was announced today by Richard Harris, Member of Parliament
(Cariboo-Prince George), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore,
Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
With this funding, the Barkerville Heritage Trust will host a summer
celebration in honour of the 150th anniversary of Barkerville and the beginning of the Cariboo gold rush in
1862. Visitors will be treated to a series of special activities,
including music and theatre performances, storytelling, gold panning,
and historical lectures. In addition, the town's vast collection of
artifacts and photographs will be available for public viewing.
"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in
organizations that enrich the cultural life of our communities," said
Minister Moore. "By supporting the Barkerville Heritage Trust, our
Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy
and support our arts, culture, and heritage."
"Heritage sites such as Barkerville play an important part in sustaining
the economic future of British Columbia," said Mr. Harris. "We are
proud to help celebrate the sesquicentennial of this historic town and
the Cariboo Gold Rush, an important milestone in our collective
"August 2012 officially marks the 150th anniversary of British Columbia's legendary Cariboo Gold Rush and the
founding of the historic town of Barkerville," said James Douglas,
Manager, Visitor Experiences. "We are pleased to have this opportunity
to partner with the Government of Canada, as part of the Building
Communities Through Arts and Culture program, to help make Discovery
Day—our signature sesquicentennial event—a rousing success."
Barkerville is a provincially designated heritage site and a national
historic site of Canada that is recognized internationally for its
historic significance in the gold rush era. The town is operated by the
Barkerville Heritage Trust, a non-profit charitable organization that
works in conjunction with the Government of British Columbia to ensure
that the site is efficiently managed.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $3,000 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
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(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)