14th Annual National Historica Fair in Victoria July 7 to 14

    VICTORIA, July 3 /CNW/ - The National Historica Fair will bring together
165 students from across Canada to Victoria, British Columbia for a week of
learning and adventure that culminates with a public display of their history
projects on Saturday, July 12th, at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre from 10:00 AM
to 4:00 PM. Opening ceremonies will be attended by the Honourable Steven L.
Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and her Honour Mrs. Gwen Point.
Visual artist Butch Dick of the Songhees First Nation will lead the procession
into the opening ceremony.
    While in Victoria, students will meet and make lasting friendships with
other students from Mount Pearl, Newfoundland and Labrador, to Kugluktuk,
Nunavut to New Hazelton, British Columbia and all points in between. Together
they will explore the rich heritage of Vancouver Island, visiting such local
historic and cultural sites as the Royal BC Museum, Chinatown, Fort Rodd Hill,
the provincial Legislature, St. Ann's Academy, Ross Bay Cemetery, and
Goldstream Park.
    The 165 National Fair delegates were selected from among the over
300,000 students in more than 1,000 communities who participated in local and
Regional Historica Fairs in April and May.
    Members of the 2008 National Fair planning committee include
representatives from the Provincial Capital Commission, BC150 Years and the
Heritage Branch of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts; Heritage BC;
Emily Carr House; University of Victoria; Alberni Valley Museum; School
District No.61; the Hallmark Society and local teachers.
    The Historica Fairs program is supported by the RBC Foundation, CN,
Scotiabank Group, the R. Howard Webster Foundation, the Margaret and Wallace
McCain Foundation, the Imperial Oil Foundation, Gluskin Sheff & Associates and
the Government of Canada through Exchanges Canada, a part of the Department of
Canadian Heritage, as well as Founding Patrons; BCE Inc., Bell Canada, The CRB
Foundation, The Molson Foundation, Power Corporation of Canada, and the
CanWest Global Foundation. Historica also acknowledges the financial support
of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Education and the
Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts.

    The Historica Foundation engages Canadians in the stories that define our
identity and the events that shape our country's future. Historica's programs
and resources work to connect Canadians to the many histories of our nation.
You are invited to discover your place in history at www.histori.ca.

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview with a student
delegate, please contact: Chantal Gagnon, Media Relations, Historica
Foundation of Canada, o: 1-800-506-1867 x 238, c: (416) 575-3627,

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