Harper Government Invests in Culture in Alberta

CALGARY, Jan. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada's newly designated Cultural Capital for 2012 and other communities in Alberta will receive important support that will create jobs and strengthen Alberta's economy, thanks to investments from the Government of Canada. Support for 39 projects throughout Alberta was announced today by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. Minister Moore made the announcement at the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts, in the presence of leaders from Alberta's cultural community.

Funding will support a wide range of projects that will strengthen the economy, increase tourism, and build on the cultural strength of Calgary and communities across southern Alberta. Organizations receiving support include the Medicine Hat Jazz Fest, the Banff-Calgary International Writers Festival, Lethbridge ArtsDays, the Theatre Junction Society, the Mount Royal University Conservatory, and the 100th anniversary of the Village of Chauvin.

"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in organizations that boost tourism and create jobs and growth," said Minister Moore. "By supporting these organizations, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and at the same time support arts, culture and official languages throughout Alberta."

"The Canada Arts Presentation Fund is a vital partner for our organization. It supports our mandate to bring to this community the best contemporary performing artists from Canada and around the world," said Tod Petersen, Managing Director, Theatre Junction GRAND. "With today's announcement of multi-year support for Theatre Junction's artistic program, the Government of Canada has instantly enabled us to do more for the citizens of Calgary."

The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $1,653,582 through seven programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage: the Aboriginal Women's Programming Elements and the Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth components of the Aboriginal Peoples' Program, the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, the Canada Arts Training Fund, the Support for Organizations component of the Canada Book Fund, the Aid to Publishers component of the Canada Periodical Fund, and the Cooperation with the Community Sector component of the Development of Official Languages Communities Program. For more information about the projects, see the attached backgrounder.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)


Today's announcement includes the following projects:

Aboriginal Peoples' Program (Aboriginal Women's Programming Elements)
The Aboriginal Women's Programming Elements component of the Aboriginal Peoples' Program enables Aboriginal women to influence policies, programs, legislation, and decision making that affect the social, cultural, economic, and political well-being in their communities and in Canadian society. It includes a component to address issues around family violence and a self-government initiative to support the full participation of Aboriginal women in consultations and decision-making processes.

Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary Circle of Life Network 2011-2012 $24,000 Calgary
Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary Through Our Eyes 2011-2012 $19,350 Calgary
Ghost River Rediscovery Society The Wolf Program 2011-2012 $33,000 Calgary
Aboriginal Council of Lethbridge Association Creating Safe and Healthy Communities:
Aboriginal Women's Support Network and Girls' Empowerment
2011-2012 $22,500 Lethbridge

Aboriginal Peoples' Program (Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth)
The Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth component provides Aboriginal young people aged 10 to 24, living in urban settings across Canada, with activities that incorporate Aboriginal values, cultures, and traditional practices designed to improve their social, economic, and personal prospects through a strengthening of their cultural identity.

Aboriginal Friendship Centre of Calgary Youth In Focus 2011-2012 $31,300 Calgary
Closer to Home Community Services Society Pimatisiwin Kiskeyitamowin (Learning About Life) 2011-2012 $52,200 Calgary
Ghost River Rediscovery Society Ancient Pathways - New Directions 2011-2012 $155,000 Calgary
Urban Society for Aboriginal Youth New Tribe Magazine 2011-2012 $129,500 Calgary

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage
The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

Association canadienne-française de l'Alberta - Régionale de Calgary Festival des sucres de Calgary 2011-2012 $16,300 Calgary
Calgary Urban Arts Festival Society Slammenberry Jam Urban Dance Festival 2011-2012 $6,300 Calgary
Carbon Centennial Committee Carbon Centennial Celebration: Return to Remember 2011-2012 $28,810 Carbon
B.P.O.E. Elks #261 Chauvin 100th Anniversary for the Village of Chauvin 2011-2012 $11,560 Chauvin
Chestermere Agricultural Society Chestermere Fall Country Fair 2011-2012 $9,400 Chestermere
Allied Arts Council of Lethbridge Lethbridge ArtsDays 2011-2012 $4,800 Lethbridge
Medicine Hat Exhibition and Stampede Company Ltd. Celebrating a Tradition of 125 Years! 2011-2012 $37,550 Medicine Hat
Medicine Hat Folk Music Club Tongue on the Post Folk Festival 2011-2012 $4,100 Medicine Hat
Pincher Creek and District Historical Society Harvest Fest 2011-2012 $4,800 Pincher Creek
Sundre and District Historical Society Winterfest 2012 2011-2012 $2,700 Sundre

Canada Arts Presentation Fund
The Canada Arts Presentation Fund gives Canadians increased access to the variety and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

Esther Honens International Piano Competition Foundation Concerts and Learning Programs 2012-2014 2012-2013
Theatre Junction Society 2012-2013 and 2013-2014
South Country Fair Association Open Water 2012-2013
Fort MacLeod
Medicine Hat Jazz Society Medicine Hat JazzFest 2012-2013 $30,000 Medicine Hat

Canada Arts Training Fund
The Canada Arts Training Fund contributes to the development of Canadian creators and future cultural leaders of the Canadian arts sector by supporting the training of artists with high potential through institutions that offer training of the highest calibre.

Mount Royal University Conservatory Professional Arts Training 2009-2012 $300,000 Calgary

Canada Book Fund (Support for Organizations)
The principal objective of the Canada Book Fund is to ensure access to a diverse range of Canadian-authored books in Canada and abroad. The Fund seeks to achieve this objective by fostering a strong Canadian book industry that publishes and markets Canadian-authored books.

Wordfest: Banff-Calgary International Writers Festival Wordfest: Banff-Calgary International Writers Festival 2011-2012 $65,000 Calgary, Banff and Canmore
Book Publishers Association of Alberta Book Publishers Association of Alberta 2011 Professional Development Program 2011-2012 $16,000 Calgary and various cities across Alberta

Canada Periodical Fund (Aid to Publishers)
The Canada Periodical Fund provides funding to Canadian print magazines, non-daily newspapers and digital periodicals to enable them to overcome market disadvantages and continue to provide Canadian readers with the content they choose to read.

Slovak Canadian Publications Inc. Kanadsky Slovak / The Canadian Slovak 2011-2012 $7,494 Black Diamond
1178268 Alberta Ltd. Fly Fusion 2011-2012 $16,973 Calgary
Canadian Scrapbooker Inc. Canadian Scrapbooker 2011-2012 $19,895 Calgary
Redpoint Media Group Inc. Wine Access 2011-2012 $43,105 Calgary
Xciting Ideas 2000 Ltd. Canine Review 2011-2012 $8,608 Calgary
Cowsmopolitan Country Cowsmopolitan Dairy Magazine 2011-2012 $16,504 Didsbury
Dakota Design & Advertising Ltd. Western Horse Review 2011-2012 $56,742 Keoma
Sun Media Corporation The Nanton News 2011-2012 $14,584 Nanton
Rodeo Connection Publications Ltd. Rodeo Connection 2011-2012 $18,507 Olds

Development of Official-Language Communities Program (Cooperation with the Community Sector)
This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage aims to foster the development of Canada's minority Anglophone and Francophone communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.

Association canadienne-française de l'Alberta -Régionale de Calgary/Banff Programmation 2011-2012 2011-2012 $150,000 Banff/
Association canadienne-française de l'Alberta - Régionale de Lethbridge/Medicine Hat Programmation 2011-2012 2011-2012 $80,000 Medicine Hat
Association canadienne-française de l'Alberta - Régionale de Red Deer Programmation 2011-2012 2011-2012 $67,000 Red Deer
Société cInéMAGINE de l'Alberta Programmation 2011-2012 2011-2012 $67,000 Lethbridge
Association canadienne-française de l'Alberta - Régionale de Red Deer Ateliers en français pour Bout'Choux 2011-2012 $25,000 Red Deer



SOURCE Canadian Heritage

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For more information (media only), please contact:
Sébastien Gariépy Perry Boldt Media Relations
Press Secretary Regional Manager Canadian Heritage
Office of the Minister of Communications 819-994-9101
Canadian Heritage Western Region 1-866-569-6155
and Official Languages Canadian Heritage media@pch.gc.ca
819-997-7788 604-666-5739



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