Government of Canada supports forum on the First World War
MONTRÉAL, Nov. 3, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Senator Michel Rivard today announced Government of Canada support for a conference that will bring together over 100 Veterans and 300 youths from Canada and France to honour the service and sacrifices of Veterans of the First World War. Senator Rivard made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.
Presented by the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie, the historian-led conference entitled "Canada and France During the Great War" will look at the War through a contemporary lens and help new generations understand the importance of remembrance and the selfless contributions made by Veterans. The conference will be held in Ottawa's Senate Chamber and will be broadcasted via CPAC so that all Canadians can learn more about the First World War and how it impacts the lives of Canadians today.
- The Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie will receive $20,000, through Veteran Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund, for the "Canada and France During the Great War" forum.
- Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided more than $13 million, through Veterans Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund, to help organizations commemorate Veterans and those who died in service.
- The Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie is an interdisciplinary organization that studies the historical, social, political, philosophical and economic dimensions of science and technology.
- For information on Veterans Affairs Canada's commemorative activities and programs, visit veterans.gc.ca.
"Our Government proudly supports events that highlight the sacrifices made by Veterans and their families. Through initiatives such as this one, we are able to engage youth and ensure that the stories of Canada's brave service men and women will never be forgotten."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
"Through the efforts of organizations such as the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie, new generations are learning about our rich military history and the sacrifices of our Veterans. It is of the utmost importance that youths have the opportunity to share our enduring pride and gratitude for those who sacrificed so much."
The Honourable Michel Rivard, Senator
"We are very pleased that the Government of Canada is providing support for the "Canada and France During the Great War" conference. It is an excellent opportunity to mark the centennial, as well as the involvement of Canadian and Allied Veterans in the First World War."
Dr Serge Bernier, historien (Historian), Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie
Canada and France in the Great War 1914-1918
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information: Ashlee Smith, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649; Media Relations, Veterans Affairs Canada, 613-992-7468