FREDERICTON, Aug. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - New investments in arts, culture, and official languages in New Brunswick are helping boost the economy and create jobs and growth. Support for 44 projects throughout the province was announced today by the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Associate Minister of National Defence, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) (La Francophonie), and Member of Parliament (Madawaska-Restigouche), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
Funding will support a range of projects—from hosting summer festivals and promoting official languages to celebrating Canadian authors and fostering youth engagement—all with the common goal of providing residents of New Brunswick with rich cultural experiences. Some of the organizations receiving support include the Multicultural Association of Greater Moncton, Granite Town Festival 2012, the Comité du Festival de Bathurst, the Société nationale de l'Acadie, and Canadian Parents for French New Brunswick.
"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."
"These investments contribute to the cultural vitality of our communities and to the local economy," said Minister Valcourt. "Many of the projects will stimulate tourism in numerous communities across New Brunswick. We are proud to partner with the various groups who make these initiatives possible."
"The financial support from the Government of Canada is essential to the success of Canadian Parents for French New Brunswick," said Richard Rice, President. "This funding allows us to assure the highest quality French-second-language programs in New Brunswick and also provides the opportunity for our organization to offer out-of-class activities in French to the students. Without this support, the student population of New Brunswick would be at a great loss."
The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $1,408,658 through the following programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage: the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program, the Development of Official-Language Communities Program, the Enhancement of Official Languages Program, the Canada Book Fund, the Aboriginal Languages Initiative of the Aboriginal Peoples' Program, and the Youth Take Charge program. For more information about these projects, see the attached backgrounder.
*Projects being funded for the first time through Canadian Heritage programs are identified in bold.
| Building Communities Through Arts and 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.
|Fredericton||Notable Acts||Notable Acts Summer Theatre Festival 2012||$4,600 (2012-2013)|
|Doaktown||Experience Doaktown||2012 Salmon & Fiddlehead Festival||$4,600 (2012-2013)|
|Moncton||Multicultural Association of Greater Moncton Area||2012 Multicultural Festival||$12,000 (2012-2013)|
|Sackville||Tantramar Heritage Trust||Tuesdays Under the Sky Festival 2012||$2,200 (2012-2013)|
|Campbellton||Campbellton Bluegrass Campout Committee||2012 Campbellton Bluegrass Campout||$4,500 (2012-2013)|
|Campobello Island||Friends of the Head Harbour Lightstation||Lighthouse Days Festival 2012||$2,700 (2012-2013)|
|Pabineau First Nation||Pabineau First Nation||2012 Pabineau First Nation Pow-wow||$5,300 (2012-2013)|
|Miramichi||Miramichi Folksong Festival||55th Miramichi Folksong Festival||$3,800 (2012-2013)|
|Dieppe||L'International du cerf-volant à Dieppe||8th Festival international du cerf-volant à Dieppe||$9,500 (2012-2013)|
|Bathurst||Comité du Festival de Bathurst||Bathurst Hospitality Days||$7,600 (2012-2013)|
|Lamèque||Festival de la tourbe||40th Festival provincial de la tourbe||$8,000 (2012-2013)|
|Cap-Pelé||Société culturelle Sud-Acadie||Festival au cœur de l'Acadie - Célébrons nos quais 2012||$6,200 (2012-2013)|
|St. George||St. George Tourism & Town Pride Committee||Granite Town Festival 2012||$2,600 (2012-2013)|
|Bayfield||Cape Jourimain Nature Centre||EcoArts Festival 2012||$2,400 (2012-2013)|
|St. Andrews||St. Andrews Arts Council||Whale of a Tale Theatre Festival||$10,000 (2012-2013)|
|Debec||Debec Recreation Council||Debec Days - Home Coming 2012||$4,300 (2012-2013)|
|Eel River Bar||Eel River Bar Pow-wow Committee||2012 Eel River Bar First Nation Pow-wow||$4,900 (2012-2013)|
|Sackville||Struts Gallery||2012 OK. Quoi?! Contemporary Arts Festival||$3,500 (2012-2013)|
|Eel Ground First Nation||Eel Ground First Nation Pow-wow Committee||Eel Ground First Nation 15th Annual Pow-wow||$8,700 (2012-2013)|
|Knowlesville||Falls Brook Centre||Falls Brook Centre Free School 2012||$2,200 (2012-2013)|
|Cambridge-Narrows||Queens County Heritage||Life at the Lakes 2012||$3,200 (2012-2013)|
|Richibucto||Richibucto Scallop Festival de pétoncles||Richibucto Scallop Festival 2012||$2,700 (2012-2013)|
|Grand Manan||Swallowtail Keepers Society||150th Anniversary Tribute to Swallowtail Lightkeepers and their Families, Grand Manan Island||$42,723 (2011-2012)|
|Sackville||Tantramar Heritage Trust||250th Anniversary Legacy Project / Anniversary Exhibit Space Rehabilitation Project||$198,750 (2012-2013)|
| Official Languages: Development of Official-Language Communities Program
This program 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.
|Dieppe||Société nationale de l'Acadie||Mobilisation citoyenne pour le développement de l'Acadie - la force d'un peuple!||$56,500 (2012-2013)|
|Moncton||Fédération des jeunes francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick||Tournage : Ciné-jeunesse NB||$55,000 (2012-2013)|
|Moncton||Fédération des jeunes francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick||École en action||$25,000 (2012-2013)|
|Moncton||Conseil provincial des sociétés culturelles||Entourages||$49,900 (2012-2013)|
|Moncton||Conseil provincial des sociétés culturelles||Le théâtre citoyen : perspectives d'avenir en médiation culturelle|| $20,000 (2012-2013)
|Caraquet||Coopérative de développement régional - Acadie||École de jeunes créateurs de coopératives||$20,000 (2012-2013)|
|Caraquet||RADARTS||FrancoFête en Acadie et Coup de Cœur francophone Acadie 2012||$85,000 (2012-2013)|
|Dieppe||Salon du livre de Dieppe||2012-2013 programming||$7,000 (2012-2013)|
|Moncton||Association acadienne des artistes professionnels du Nouveau-Brunswick||L'Événement Éloizes||$10,000 (2012-2013)|
| Official Languages: Enhancement of Official Languages Program
This program is designed to foster among Canadians a greater understanding and appreciation of the benefits of linguistic duality.
|Sussex||Canadian Parents for French New Brunswick||Program funding 2012-2014|| $147,065 (2012-2013)
| Canada Book Fund
The principal objective of this fund is to ensure access to a diverse range of Canadian-authored books in Canada and abroad. It seeks to achieve this objective by fostering a strong Canadian book industry that publishes and markets Canadian-authored books.
|Moncton||Bouton d'or Acadie||$14,658 (2011-2012)|
|Fredericton||Fiddlehead Poetry Books & Goose Lane Editions||$85,582 (2011-2012)|
|Moncton||Les Éditions Perce-Neige||$14,157 (2011-2012)|
|Shippagan||Le Salon du livre de la Péninsule acadienne||2012 Edition||$5,000 (2012-2013)|
|Dieppe||Le Salon du livre de Dieppe||$18,000 (2012-2013)|
|Moncton||Festival litteraire international Northrop Frye International Literary Festival||$20,000 (2011-2012)|
| Aboriginal Peoples Program: Aboriginal Languages Initiative
The objective of this initiative is to support community-based language projects that contribute to the revitalization and preservation of Aboriginal languages and increase their use in community settings.
|Tobique First Nation||Maliseet Nation at Tobique, Health Department||Negotkuk Language Preservation & Youth Instruction Project||$68,215 (2012-2013)|
|Pabineau First Nation||Pabineau First Nation||Development and Implementation of Mi'gmag Culture and Language Instructions||$18,875 (2012-2013)|
|Fredericton||St. Mary's First Nation||St. Mary's Intensive Adult Immersion Program||$69,668 (2012-2013)|
| Youth Take Charge
This program supports youth-led projects and is getting young Canadians involved in a range of activities designed to strengthen their knowledge of and attachment to Canada.
|Knowlesville||Falls Brook Centre||Youth Entrepreneurship: Building Viable Maritime Communities||$110,000 (2012-2013)|
|GRAND TOTAL, ALL PROGRAMS:||$1,408,658|
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
For further information:
For media only:
Office of the Minister of
Canadian Heritage and
Director, Regional Communications
(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Newsroom.)