OTTAWA, Dec. 6, 2011 /CNW/ - The Harper Government today unveiled plans
for the celebrations of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee—the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty's accession to the throne as Queen of Canada.
The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official
Languages, made the announcement today at an event at the Royal
Canadian Mint, where he joined His Excellency The Right Honourable
David Johnston at a ceremony for the striking of the first Diamond
"Our Government received a strong mandate to support and celebrate
important milestones for Canada, like the Diamond Jubilee," said
Minister Moore. "The only other time Canada celebrated the Diamond
Jubilee of a reigning sovereign was for Queen Victoria in 1897. By
supporting this most historic and significant anniversary, our
Government is delivering on its commitment to reinforce our heritage
through active celebration of our institutions that define who we are
Canadians from coast to coast to coast will celebrate Her Majesty's
Diamond Jubilee by organizing and delivering a series of activities at
the local level that best reflect the communities in which they live.
Such events could be held on key dates throughout the year, including
the anniversary of the 1952 accession on February 6, Commonwealth Day
on March 12, Victoria Day on May 21, Canada Day on July 1,
Thanksgiving, and Remembrance Day.
"For 60 years, Her Majesty has exemplified the true meaning of public
service," said Minister Moore. "Today, I invite Canadians to start
planning for the Diamond Jubilee. This is an opportunity to celebrate
the past 60 years under Her Majesty's reign, her dedicated service to
our country, and the important role of the Canadian Crown."
Including the Diamond Jubilee medal program announced in February 2011
by the Governor General and the Prime Minister, the Government will
invest $ 7.5 million to increase awareness about this national
milestone and encourage Canadians to actively celebrate it in ways that
are most meaningful to them. This includes support for the following:
community group funding to develop unique, grassroots Diamond Jubilee
promotional materials for teachers, youth leaders, and local
organizations to promote Diamond Jubilee and strengthen Canadians'
awareness of our institutions
a Diamond Jubilee Week, which will be the week beginning February 6 to
coincide with Her Majesty's accession to the throne in 1952
education tools, including an update of A Crown of Maples—a publication that explains the role of the Crown in Canada and our
The Diamond Jubilee is just one of many anniversaries that are bringing
Canadians together as the country moves closer to Canada's 150th birthday in 2017. Other key anniversaries include the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, the 100th anniversary of the Grey Cup in 2012, the 200th birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald and the 50th of the National Flag in 2015, and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 2017.
For more information, see the attached backgrounder or visit the Diamond
Jubilee website at www.diamondjubilee.pch.gc.ca. For details on the
medal program, please refer to www.gg.ca
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee: A Canadian Celebration
In 2012, Canada will mark the 60th anniversary of the accession of Her Majesty The Queen as Queen of
Canada. To celebrate Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee, a special program
is being implemented to honour The Queen's reign, her service and her
dedication to this country, as well as to celebrate Canadian
achievements of the last 60 years.
To date, there has only been one Diamond Jubilee celebrated in
Canada—that of Queen Victoria in 1897. This anniversary therefore
provides a unique opportunity to celebrate our traditions, history,
symbols, values and institutions, particularly about the role of the
Crown in Canada.
The elements of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations include the following:
Diamond Jubilee medals: Some 60,000 Diamond Jubilee medals—to match the 60 years of service of
Her Majesty—will be given to Canadians throughout the year. This is a
legacy activity that honours Her Majesty and recognizes the service of
Canadians from all walks of life and backgrounds who have made
significant contributions to their communities and helped create the
Canada of today. The achievements of younger Canadians who are actively
contributing to our future will also be a focus.
Community-based funding initiative: Funding is being provided to support local activities that celebrate The
Queen's Diamond Jubilee. It is available to associations, communities,
educational institutions, and First Nations groups. This grassroots
approach gives ownership to communities and allows citizens to decide
how best to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in ways most appropriate to
Website and social media: The Diamond Jubilee website is an important source of information for
Canadians, providing a single window to all Jubilee activities. It
includes a special calendar feature—updated as the Diamond Jubilee year
progresses—that provides information about events happening across the
country. Canadians will also find links to interesting photo and video
sources that feature Her Majesty and key milestones in Canada's
history. Educational materials, notably an updated edition of A Crown of Maples (a booklet that explains the role of the Crown in Canada and our
constitutional monarchy) will be accessible on the site. Canadians will
also be able to order promotional items. There is also a section where
Canadians can send greetings to Her Majesty. The website is www.diamondjubilee.pch.gc.ca.
Promotional items: Promotional items for the Diamond Jubilee include paper hand flags,
lapel pins, and posters. These are available to Canadians who are
organizing an event and also to teachers and youth leaders to
complement their learning materials.
Youth: Initiatives to engage youth and foster greater awareness and
understanding of the Monarchy's role in Canada, our system of
government, and our collective sense of identity are included in all
the Diamond Jubilee pillars.
The year will be launched with Diamond Jubilee Week, from February 6 to 12. A number of activities, including medal ceremonies, will be held
across the country during this period. February 6, 1952, was the day
Her Majesty The Queen acceded the Throne as Queen of Canada.
Federal departments and agencies have also developed initiatives, such
as issuing commemorative coins and stamps, and holding special
citizenship ceremonies. Other activities will be announced in lead-up
to the Diamond Jubilee year. The Government has also partnered with
provinces and territories and non-governmental organizations on
celebrations that will take place across Canada.
This commemoration is just one of the many events that are bringing
Canadians together and will continue to link us in the years to come.
Upcoming commemorations include:
the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, the 200th anniversary of the Selkirk
Settlement, and 100th anniversary of the Grey Cup (2012);
the 200th birthday of Sir John A. Macdonald (2015);
the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the 100th anniversary of the NHL, the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Dieppe, and Canada's 150th anniversary (2017);
the 25th anniversary of NAFTA (2019).
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
For further information:
| Sébastien Gariépy |
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
| Media Relations |