WINNIPEG, Sept. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - Federal, provincial and territorial
ministers responsible for culture and heritage in Canada met in
Winnipeg, Manitoba, today. They agreed on the relevance of a strategic
framework for cooperation on culture and heritage that is centred on
development, cultural engagement and conservation. The Ministers
recognized the importance of working together so the arts, culture and
heritage will continue to enrich the lives of Canadians. They also
underscored the importance of the creative economy as a driver of
Canada's long-term prosperity.
The meeting was co-chaired by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of
Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and the Honourable Flor
Marcelino, Manitoba Minister of Culture, Heritage and Tourism.
"This framework is a big step forward in the cooperative work that all
of our jurisdictions are undertaking to recognize the importance and
impact of culture and heritage in Canada," said Minister Marcelino.
"The diverse presentations we heard today by provinces and territories
demonstrate innovative leadership across the country and opportunities
to continue federal, provincial and territorial development of
activities that will have a real impact on Canadian arts and heritage
over the next three years."
"Our Government invests in the arts, culture and heritage because we
recognize their importance to our economy and the quality of life of
Canadians," said Minister Moore. "We will continue to work
cooperatively to create an environment that encourages partnerships
that are responsive to the needs of our economy and all Canadians."
At the meeting, presentations were given about what governments are
doing to grow and sustain culture and heritage; projects that
strengthen heritage conservation; and how cultural engagement is
encouraged and supported. These productive exchanges allowed ministers
to explore possibilities for cooperation between the federal,
provincial and territorial governments.
The Ministers learned of the progress that had been made regarding the
Culture Satellite Account, a joint project of all jurisdictions to
obtain economic data on the cultural sector.
Minister Moore and Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
Michael Chan took the opportunity to inform their colleagues about the
2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games, which will take place in
Toronto and sought their input and interest for involvement in cultural
activities across the country during and leading up to the Games.
At the close of the meeting, ministers agreed to continue their
discussions at the next annual meeting of culture and heritage
ministers. Nunavut Minister of Culture and Heritage James Arreak
officially invited the federal, provincial and territorial ministers to
meet in Nunavut in 2013.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
Province of Manitoba