Media Advisory - Parliamentary Secretary Arif Virani to Travel to Norway to Highlight the Importance of Arts and Culture in the Arctic

HARSTAD, Norway, June 20, 2017 /CNW/ - Arif Virani, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage (Multiculturalism), will be in Norway to participate in the first ever Arctic Arts Summit. During his trip, Mr. Virani will meet with government officials from other Arctic countries to discuss the importance of arts and culture development in the region, reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, and Canada's ongoing commitment to cultural diversity in the digital age.

Mr. Virani will attend on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

The partial itinerary is available below. Please note that all details are subject to change. All times are local.

The details are as follows:


Tuesday, June 20, 2017


8:45 a.m.

Parliamentary Secretary Virani meets with Mr. Vidar Brein-Karlsen, State Secretary for the Minister Immigration and Integration of Norway

10:00 a.m.

Parliamentary Secretary Virani meets with representatives of Boost Refugee, a SoCentral Program


8:00 p.m.

Parliamentary Secretary Virani attends a performance at the Arctic Arts Summit

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

1:00 p.m.

Parliamentary Secretary Virani delivers remarks at the Arctic Arts Summit regarding the economic role of arts, culture and heritage, particularly in the Arctic and Northern Regions, as well as reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples and support for Indigenous creators


Parliamentary Secretary attends a dinner and performance at the Arctic Arts Summit


Parliamentary Secretary Virani meets with political representatives and senior officials from the seven other Arctic countries, as well as the Inuit Circumpolar Council, the Sami Parliament and other Indigenous and arts groups

Thursday, June 21, 2017

9:00 a.m.

Parliamentary Secretary Virani participates in workshop policy sessions at the Arctic Arts Summit


Parliamentary Secretary Virani meets with Kristian Pihlkjær Nitschke, Head of Section, International Affairs, Danish Ministry of Culture and Anja Jochimsen, Assistant Manager, Greenland Homerule Government


Parliamentary Secretary Virani meets with Ragnheiður H. Þórarinsdóttir, Head of Division – Department of Cultural Affairs, Iceland Ministry of Education, Science and Culture


Parliamentary Secretary Virani meets with Linda Hofstad Helleland, Minister of Culture of Norway


SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: For more information (media only), please contact: Pierre-Olivier Herbert, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155,


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