The Government of Canada supports the celebrations organized by the Ville de Matane for Canada 150
MATANE, QC, Aug. 18, 2017 /CNW/ - Rémi Massé, Member of Parliament (Avignon–La Mitis–Matane–Matapédia), today announced $45,000 in funding for the Ville de Matane for Matane éclaté 2017, which celebrates Canada 150.
This summer, the Ville de Matane is offering three free activities as part of these celebrations: the Tour of the Islands (which took place July 8); the Coureurs des Bois Challenge on August 19; and Stories and Legends, October 27 and 28.
The Government of Canada is providing this support through the Canada 150 Fund. This fund supports local, regional and Canada-wide activities to allow Canadians from coast to coast to coast to join the celebration, and to make 2017 a year to remember.
"This year, Canadians across the country are coming together to celebrate the many things that make our communities unique. Activities like Matane éclaté, organized as part of Canada 150, provide exciting activities for the whole family to engage with our past, as we look to our future with hope and optimism."
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
"Once again, the people of Matane and the surrounding area have shown that they have initiative and are in a celebratory mood by organizing Matane éclaté 2017. I salute the work of the Ville de Matane, the dedication of the volunteers and the participation of citizens from the region and beyond."
—Rémi Massé, Member of Parliament (Avignon–La Mitis–Matane–Matépédia)
"I would like to thank the Government of Canada for the funding it has provided for Matane éclaté 2017. This type of support is vital for activities that generate economic benefits and for promoting our region."
—Jérôme Landry, Mayor of Matane
On August 19, the Coureur des Bois Challenge offers citizens and visitors to Matane three obstacle courses, which will recall the travels of the coureurs de bois who criss-crossed North America in the 17th century. The different routes will appeal to hardened athletes and young families alike.
Stories and Legends will pay tribute to the narratives that have shaped both our history and our collective imagination. Local artists and organizations are planning an original creation in a mystery location.
The Canada 150 Fund, established in April 2015, has an overall budget of $200 million.
Canada 150 http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1468262573081/1468262646675
Matane éclaté 2017 (French only) http://www.ville.matane.qc.ca/ville-animee/activites-et-evenements/matane-ete-eclate.html
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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