Alberta is Ready to Celebrate the True North Strong and Free!

Minister Sohi and MP Randy Boissonnault announce support for Canada 150 celebrations in Edmonton and communities across the province

EDMONTON, June 9, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament (Edmonton Mill Woods), and Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre), today announced support for the City of Edmonton's Canada Day 2017 celebrations, presented in partnership with the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and the Edmonton Celebrate Canada Society as well as funding for celebrations and projects across the province. They made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Minister Sohi and Mr. Boissonnault were joined by Heather Sweet, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Edmonton–Manning, and His Worship Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton, to make this announcement and officially unveil a 3D Canada 150 sign in Sir Winston Churchill Square.

The City of Edmonton and the Legislative Assembly of Alberta will offer Canada Day programming to mark this important milestone in our nation's history. Festivities will take place throughout the day and will include music, dance and art exhibitions that focus on Canada and Alberta's diversity, culture and history. Everyone can enjoy free, family-friendly entertainment hosted at both City Hall and on the grounds of the Legislature, with a fireworks show in the North Saskatchewan River Valley to conclude the day's celebrations. The Government of Canada is pleased to invest $700,000 in the City of Edmonton's exciting array of activities on July 1.

Thanks to funding provided by the Government of Canada, major celebrations will be taking place in Edmonton and 18 other urban centres across the country to celebrate Canada Day like never before.

Minister Sohi and Mr. Boissonnault also announced $937,576 in funding through the Celebrate Canada program and the Canada 150 Fund for celebrations across central and northern Alberta.

The Government of Canada has also invested in more than 1,500 Canada-wide projects and activities for National Aboriginal Day, Saint-Jean-Baptiste: Fête nationale du Québec et de la Francophonie canadienne, Canadian Multiculturalism Day and Canada Day, placing communities at the heart of Canada 150 celebrations.

These four special days of celebration are an opportunity to highlight what makes communities all across the country unique, diverse and vibrant. The Canada 150 Fund was established by the Government of Canada to allow Canadians across the country to take part in local, regional and Canada-wide celebrations and activities.

Quotes

"Canada 150 is an opportunity to celebrate our achievements and what unites us as Canadians. As we celebrate this milestone, we have a unique chance to bring together communities from coast to coast to coast to celebrate what it means to be Canadian—and to look ahead to the Canada of the future. I invite you all to take part in the celebrations during this exceptional year."

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"The Government of Canada is proud to support activities that will allow Canadians to come together and make 2017 an unforgettable year! I look forward to sharing in this momentous occasion with my fellow Edmontonians and Albertans!"

—The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament (Edmonton Mill Woods)

"The days leading up to Canada Day will be a wonderful time to showcase our rich heritage and the cultural diversity that makes Canada such a great place to live. I commend the organizers and volunteers for their efforts to make each and every one of these celebrations a success in communities large and small. Happy Canada 150!"

—Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliament (Edmonton Centre)

"Let us celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary by recognizing that our strength comes from our diversity. Our province is home to many vibrant communities; this is a time to reaffirm our commitment to respecting each other's differences while collectively confirming our pride for our nation."

—The Honourable Robert E. Wanner, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Medicine Hat

"The 150th anniversary of Confederation gives all Canadians the opportunity to proudly celebrate our shared values, history and achievements. We are grateful to the Government of Canada for its funding to amplify Edmonton's Canada Day programming. I encourage all Edmontonians to reflect upon and express what it means to be Canadian as we mark this national milestone."

—His Worship Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton

"The Tourism Industry Association of Canada is proud to partner with the Government of Canada and the Minister of Canadian Heritage to provide destinations across Canada with appealing art installations celebrating Canada 150. Through this initiative, we look forward to creating memories and unique keepsakes of this momentous event in Canadian history that will no doubt be widely shared on social media as positive and powerful images of Canada's natural beauty, tourist appeal and the diversity of our great nation."

—Charlotte Bell, Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Industry Association of Canada

Quick Facts

In honour of Canada 150, this year's special period of celebrations, beginning on June 21 and concluding with a major celebration for Canada Day on July 1, will be the most spectacular in Canadian history.

June 21 is National Aboriginal Day: a celebration of Indigenous culture and heritage. This date was chosen because it corresponds to the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and because many Indigenous groups celebrate their culture and heritage at this time of year.

June 24, Saint-Jean-Baptiste: Fête nationale du Québec et de la Francophonie canadienne, marries the ancient rites surrounding the summer solstice—a period of light and hope—and the traditional celebration of the day of the patron saint of French Canadians.

June 27 was designated Canadian Multiculturalism Day on November 13, 2002. This day is an opportunity to appreciate the contributions of the various multicultural groups and communities to Canadian society.

On July 1, Canada Day, Canadians at home and abroad show their pride in their country's history, culture and accomplishments. This year, 19 urban centres across the country will celebrate Canada Day in a spectacular fashion: St. John's, Charlottetown, Halifax, Fredericton, Moncton, Québec City, Montréal, Ottawa–Gatineau, Toronto, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria, Whitehorse, Yellowknife and Iqaluit.

These celebrations will highlight the evolution of our country, from its Indigenous origins to the presence of the French and the birth of our rich Francophone heritage, and through the more recent waves of immigration that led to the development of a diverse and inclusive society.

A wide range of community projects, supported by the Canada 150 Fund, will also provide opportunities for Canadians to take part in celebrations in their communities. These projects will showcase the vitality of our diverse communities, as well as the many facets of Canada's diversity.

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Data Tables – Canada 150 Fund





City

Name of organization

Name of activity

Amount

Andrew

VILLAGE OF ANDREW

July 2 Celebration and Commemorative Activities

$6,000

Beaumont

TOWN OF BEAUMONT

Beaumont Celebrates Canada's 150th

$30,000

Bonnyville

BONNYVILLE CANADIAN NATIVE FRIENDSHIP CENTRE

Bonnyville Legacy Heritage Project

$23,335

Camrose

CITY OF CAMROSE

Camrose Canada 150 Closing Ceremonies

$12,500

Edmonton

EDMONTON PUBLIC LIBRARY BOARD

Exploring Reconciliation: A Digital Public Space for Indigenous Stories

$225,000

Edmonton

MULTICULTURAL HEALTH BROKERS CO-OPERATIVE LTD.

Edmonton Living Rooms

$160,000

Edmonton

SOCIÉTÉ FRANCOPHONE DES ARTS VISUELS DE L'ALBERTA

Ne prends pas la Grosse Tête et viens à la Fête!

$38,000

Edmonton

EDMONTON NORTHLANDS

A Proud, Strong & Diverse Canada: Progressing Together From Past to Future

$15,000

Edmonton

BISSET SCHOOL

Native Hoop Dancing

$11,622.45

Edmonton

NORQUEST COLLEGE

My Canada Includes / Mon Canada Comprend Campaign

$44,500

Edson

TOWN OF EDSON

The Great Canadian

$10,000

Sherwood Park

FESTIVAL PLACE CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION

The Park Chautauqua

$46,564

Slave Lake

TOWN OF SLAVE LAKE

Slave Lake's Canada 150 Mosaic Mural

$10,000

Tofield

TOWN OF TOFIELD

Commemorative Tree Planting Project

$12,500



TOTAL

$645,021.45

 

Data Tables – Celebrate Canada





City

Name of organization

Name of activity

Amount

Alberta Beach

ALBERTA BEACH & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Alberta Beach 150th Canada Day Celebrations

$1,500

Alix

VILLAGE OF ALIX

Canada 150

$1,025

Bentley

TOWN OF BENTLEY

Celebrating Canada's 150th Birthday

$1,000

Blackfalds

TOWN OF BLACKFALDS

2017 Canada Day Celebrations

$2,625

Bon Accord

TOWN OF BON ACCORD

Canada Day 150th Celebration

$2,000

Bonnyville

ASSOCIATION CANADIENNE-FRANÇAISE DE L'ALBERTA, RÉGIONALE DE BONNYVILLE / COLD LAKE

Célébrer notre identité

$900

Bonnyville

TOWN OF BONNYVILLE

Canada Day

$5,000

Bruderheim

TOWN OF BRUDERHEIM

Canada Day Celebrations

$1,300

Camrose

CAMROSE ARTS SOCIETY

National Aboriginal Day Celebrations

$1,200

Camrose

CITY OF CAMROSE

Celebrate Canada

$7,550

Canyon Creek

CANYON CREEK RECREATION ASSOCIATION

Debbie Seppola Annual Canada Day Parade

$800

Carstairs

TOWN OF CARSTAIRS

Carstairs Canada Day Celebration

$2,500

Cold Lake

CITY OF COLD LAKE

Canada Day Celebrations 2017

$5,000

Consort

VILLAGE OF CONSORT

Celebrate Canada 150

$1,000

Coronation

TOWN OF CORONATION

Canada Day 150th Anniversary Celebration 2017

$1,200

County of Barrhead

THE NEERLANDIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Neerlandia Celebration of Canada 150

$1,800

Darwell

BIRCHWOOD ESTATES COMMUNITY SERVICE SOCIETY

Canada Day

$600

Daysland

DAYSLAND & DISTRICT BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

Canada Day Family Celebration 2017

$2,000

Didsbury

TOWN OF DIDSBURY

Canada Day

$1,450

Donalda

VILLAGE OF DONALDA

Donalda Canada Day Celebration

$1,100

Drayton Valley

TOWN OF DRAYTON VALLEY

Canada Day Celebration

$3,000

Eckville

TOWN OF ECKVILLE

Canada Day Celebrations

$1,450

Edmonton

ALBERTA GUJARATI ASSOCIATION

Canada Day Picnic

$800

Edmonton

BISSELL CENTRE

National Aboriginal Day Celebration

$1,100

Edmonton

CANADIAN MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION FOUNDATION

Canadian Multiculturalism Day: Celebrating A Multicultural Canada at 150

$1,000

Edmonton

CASTLEDOWNS RECREATION SOCIETY

Canada Day Party in the Park

$2,500

Edmonton

CHINESE BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION OF EDMONTON

Canada Day Evening Celebration in Edmonton's Heritage Chinatown with a night market

$2,025

Edmonton

CREATING HOPE SOCIETY OF ALBERTA

Nipawi Wici Wicehtowin (Stand-up Together in Unity)

$5,000

Edmonton

MUSLIM ASSOCIATION OF CANADA (MAC)

Celebrate 150 Canada Day

$1,000

Edmonton

NORQUEST COLLEGE

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day

$2,500

Edmonton

ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BRANCH #175

Canada Day

$1,100

Edmonton

ST. MICHAEL'S EXTENDED CARE CENTRE SOCIETY

Let us Celebrate St. Michael's Cultural Day

$900

Edson

TOWN OF EDSON

Canada Day 2017

$2,800

Entwistle

ENTWISTLE COMMUNITY LEAGUE

Entwistle Celebrates Canada 150

$1,200

Fairview

TOWN OF FAIRVIEW

Canada Day Festivities

$3,000

Ferintosh

VILLAGE OF FERINTOSH

Canada Day 2017

$800

Fort McMurray

REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY OF WOOD BUFFALO

Canada Day Celebrations

$9,000

Fort Saskatchewan

CITY OF FORT SASKATCHEWAN

Canada Day Celebrations

$12,000

Fort Saskatchewan

FORT SASKATCHEWAN MULTICULTURAL ASSOCIATION

One World...One Day...

$800

Gibbons

TOWN OF GIBBONS

Gibbons Canada Day Celebration

$700

Grande Cache

WILLMORE WILDERNESS PRESERVATION AND HISTORICAL FOUNDATION

Celebrate Canadian Rocky Mountain Traditions & Culture

$1,200

Grande Prairie

CITY OF GRANDE PRAIRIE CANADA DAY COMMITTEE

Grande Prairie Canada Day & National Aboriginal Day Celebrations

$25,425

High Prairie

BIG LAKES COUNTY

Celebrate Canada: Celebrate Our Community!

$1,700

Hines Creek

END OF STEEL HERITAGE SOCIETY

Canada Day Celebration

$1,000

Innisfail

INNISFAIL AND DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Canada Day Celebration

$1,750

Jasper

ASSOCIATION CANADIENNE-FRANCAISE DE L'ALBERTA, RÉGIONALE DE JASPER

Saint-Jean-Baptiste, fête du Canada et Journée nationale des autochtones

$2,100

Kitscoty

VILLAGE OF KITSCOTY

2017 Celebrate Kitscoty - Canada Day 150

$2,000

La Crete

LA CRETE AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY

Celebrate Canada in La Crete 2017

$3,000

Lac La Biche

LAC LA BICHE MISSION HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Canada Day Celebration

$5,500

Lacombe

LACOMBE & DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Celebrate Canada at the Lacombe Museums

$1,700

Lacombe

LACOMBE REGIONAL TOURISM AND MARKETING ASSOCIATION

Lacombe Community Celebration of Canada's Birthday and 150 years of Confederation

$6,000

Lake Louise

LAKE LOUISE SPORT AND RECREATION SOCIETY

Lake Louise Celebrates Canada 150th

$5,000

Lamont

TOWN OF LAMONT

Canada Day Celebrations

$1,000

Lancaster Park

EDMONTON GARRISON MILITARY FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE SOCIETY

Fête de la Saint-Jean Baptiste

$1,500

Leduc

CITY OF LEDUC

2017 Canada Day Celebration

$4,500

Lloydminster

CITY OF LLOYDMINSTER

Canada Day Celebration 2017

$10,000

Loon Lake

LOON RIVER FIRST NATION

National Aboriginal Day/ Canada Day

$3,350

Ma-Me-O Beach

SUMMER VILLAGE OF GRANDVIEW

Canada Day and 50th Anniversary of Summer Village Celebration

$1,100

Mannville

VILLAGE OF MANNVILLE

Mannville Canada Day Celebrations

$1,800

Mayerthorpe

TOWN OF MAYERTHORPE

Canada Day Celebrations

$1,400

Millet

TOWN OF MILLET

Canada Day Celebrations

$1,100

Morinville

TOWN OF MORINVILLE

Canada Day Celebrations

$3,000

Mundare

TOWN OF MUNDARE

Canada Day Street Festival

$1,200

Myrnam

VILLAGE OF MYRNAM

Canada Day 2017 - Celebrating 150 Years

$1,600

Nisku

LEDUC COUNTY

New Serepta Canada Day 150

$1,000

Olds

TOWN OF OLDS

Town of Olds Celebrates National Aboriginal Day and Canada Day 150

$4,500

Onoway

SUMMER VILLAGE OF ISLAND LAKE

Summer Village of Island Lake Family Canada Day Celebration

$600

Onoway

TOWN OF ONOWAY

Onoway Family Canada Day Celebration

$1,000

Paddle Prairie

PADDLE PRAIRIE MÉTIS SETTLEMENT

Canada Day 150 Celebration

$1,300

Peace River

TOWN OF PEACE RIVER

2017 Town of Peace River Canada Day Celebration

$2,300

Pickardville

PICKARDVILLE COMMUNITY LEAGUE 2014

Canada Day Celebration 2017

$1,500

Ponoka

TOWN OF PONOKA

2017 Canada Day Celebrations

$2,400

Provost

TOWN OF PROVOST

Canada Day Celebration 2017

$1,500

Rainbow Lake

TOWN OF RAINBOW LAKE

Canada Day Celebrations

$2,000

Red Deer

ASSOCIATION CANADIENNE-FRANÇAISE DE L'ALBERTA, RÉGIONALE DE RED DEER

St-Jean Baptiste Party et Fête du Canada 150 

$2,000

Red Deer

RED DEER NATIVE FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY

National Aboriginal Day

$1,600

Red Deer

SHINING MOUNTAINS LIVING COMMUNITY SERVICES

Sharing Cultures

$2,100

Rimbey

TOWN OF RIMBEY

Canada Day Celebrations

$3,000

Ross Haven

ROSS HAVEN COMMUNITY LEAGUE

Canada Day 150 Celebration

$2,000

Rycroft

VILLAGE OF RYCROFT

Canada Day Celebrations 2017

$2,500

Sedgewick

SEDGEWICK AND DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY

July 1st Fireworks

$2,000

Sherwood Park

STRATHCONA COUNTY

Canada Day 2017

$20,000

Slave Lake

TOWN OF SLAVE LAKE

Canada Day 2017

$4,500

Smoky Lake

TOWN OF SMOKY LAKE FAMILY AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES (FCSS)

Celebrate Canada Day 150

$800

Smoky Lake County

MÉTIS CROSSING FOUNDATION

National Aboriginal Day Celebration at Métis Crossing

$3,000

Spirit River

MUNICIPAL DISTRICT OF SPIRIT RIVER

Canada Day Celebration 2016, Municipal District of Spirit River

$2,000

Spruce Grove

CITY OF SPRUCE GROVE

Canada Day Celebration

$12,000

St. Albert

ST. ALBERT NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY CELEBRATION SOCIETY

St. Albert National Aboriginal Day Celebration

$1,700

St. Paul

TOWN OF ST. PAUL

Canada Day Multicultural Festivities

$3,000

Sundre

TOWN OF SUNDRE

Canada Day Celebration

$2,200

Sylvan Lake

ROTARY CLUB OF SYLVAN LAKE AND DISTRICT

Rotary Club of Sylvan Lake-Canada Day Celebrations

$3,000

Thorhild

THORHILD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION

Canada Day Parade

$700

Tofield

TOFIELD'S JULY 1ST CELEBRATIONS COMMITTEE

Tofield's July 1st and 150 Year Celebration

$2,200

Tomahawk

TOMAHAWK AND DISTRICT SPORTS AGRICULTURE SOCIETY

Tomahawk Canada Day Celebrations

$1,030

Two Hills

TOWN OF TWO HILLS

Happy 150th Anniversary Canada

$1,650

Vegreville

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL 4249

Canada Day Celebrations

$3,000

Vermilion

TOWN OF VERMILION

Multiculturalism and Canada Day Celebration 2017

$3,000

Warburg

PIONEER AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY

Warburg Heritage Days

$1,500

Waskatenau

VILLAGE OF WASKATENAU

Waskatenau Canada Day Celebration

$425

Westlock

FRIENDS OF WESTLOCK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL SOCIETY

WES Aboriginal Day Celebration

$2,000

Westlock

TOWN OF WESTLOCK

Canada Day Celebrations

$2,500

Whitecourt

TOWN OF WHITECOURT

Celebrate Canada 2017

$6,000

Willingdon

WILLINGDON SENIOR CITIZENS ASSOCIATION WILLINGDON ALBERTA

Willingdon and District Canada Day Celebrations

$900



TOTAL

$292,555

 

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: (media only), please contact: Pierre-Olivier Herbert, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155, pch.media-media.pch@canada.ca

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