SAINT-VALLIER DE BELLECHASSE, QC, Nov. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - An investment from the Government of Canada will promote tourism in the MRC of Bellechasse and highlight a defining moment in the colonization of New France. The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament (Lévis-Bellechasse), today announced funding for the Fêtes du 300e de Saint-Vallier. He made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages,
This funding will enable the Fêtes du 300e de Saint-Vallier to offer a variety of activities that will take place throughout 2013. These will include cultural presentations and historical re-enactments, concerts, and exhibits of old photos. The commemoration of the tercentennial of Saint-Vallier de Bellechasse is just one of many anniversaries bringing Canadians closer to the country's 150th birthday.
"This year marks the start of the five-year countdown to Canada's 150th birthday in 2017," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to invest in projects that contribute to our collective identity and define who we are as Canadians. On the road to 2017, let us continue to celebrate all of the things that make Canada the united, prosperous, and free country we are today."
"Arts, culture, and heritage are important drivers of economic growth, job creation, and the prosperity of our communities," said Minister Blaney. "We are pleased to support organizations like Fêtes du 300e de Saint-Vallier that work to build awareness of a part of our shared history and enrich the quality of life of citizens."
"It is with much enthusiasm that the Comité du 300e de Saint-Vallier will host festivities worthy of this historic anniversary for the municipality's residents, thanks in part to the much appreciated support from the Government of Canada," said Glad'ys Aubé, Chair of the Fêtes du 300e de Saint-Vallier. "The commemoration will be launched in grand style with a traditional New Year's celebration, a friendly get-together, and a lantern-lit heritage tour of our village's old homes. We look forward to seeing you in 2013!"
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $27,800 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 heritage.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
Director, Regional Communications
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)