OTTAWA, June 21, 2012 /CNW/ - Today marks the beginning of Celebrate
Canada, an 11-day period of festivities taking place across Canada from
June 21 to July 1. As we count down to Canada Day, I encourage
Canadians to take part in activities in their communities, learn more
about our history, and celebrate our rich and diverse heritage.
Celebrate Canada provides an excellent opportunity to highlight
important dates from our country's distinct history, including National
Aboriginal Day on June 21, Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian
Multiculturalism Day on June 27 and Canada Day on July 1.
From the War of 1812, which laid the foundation for Confederation and
the cornerstones of many of our political institutions, to the 60th
anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the
throne, Canadians have a wealth of history and culture to celebrate and
take pride in this year. I encourage all Canadians to start thinking of
how they would like to celebrate our heritage, values, and bright
future in 2017 and to begin planning for Canada's 150th anniversary.
On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada,
I invite Canadians to join me in celebrating Canada's distinct cultural
history and taking pride in 145 years of being Canadian.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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