SQUAMISH, BC, Nov. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - John Weston, Member of Parliament
(West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country), today announced
support for the 2nd Squamish Culture and Heritage Festival. He made this announcement on
behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages.
"The Squamish Culture and Heritage Festival is not only a source of
civic pride, but also helps to stimulate the economy and provide
support for local tourism," said Mr. Weston. "My thanks to the many
volunteers who are dedicating countless hours organizing next year's
festival. I know that it will be a great success."
Funding will support the planning and delivery of the Squamish Culture
and Heritage Festival, which will run from May 9 to 10, 2014. The
Festival celebrates and commemorates the history of the region and its
people. Activities include live music, First Nations performers and
displays of traditional artwork, Bhangra dancers and heritage talks.
"Our Government understands the important role that local festivals play
in instilling pride and celebrating our collective identity," said
Minister Glover. "This festival in Squamish will allow Canadians from
all walks of life to connect with arts, culture, and First Nations and
"The Squamish Historical Society is grateful to be receiving this grant.
Over two days, the Squamish Culture and Heritage Festival will engage
the entire community in showcasing our past, present and future through
student engagement, First Nation stories and workshops, guest
speakers, presentations, performances and so much more," said Bianca
Peters, President of the Squamish Historical Society. "The year 2014
marks the 50th anniversary of the incorporation of the District of Squamish. The
Squamish Culture and Heritage Festival will be an anchor event to kick
off the community's celebrations."
The Squamish Culture and Heritage Festival is organized and presented by
the Squamish Historical Society, a volunteer-based, non-profit
organization. Its mission is to gather, preserve and showcase the
history of Squamish and the surrounding areas of Howe Sound in British
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $12,500 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
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