Member of Parliament David Wilks Announces Support for the Sam Steele Society

CRANBROOK, BC, Nov. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - David Wilks, Member of Parliament (Kootenay-Columbia), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced support for the Sam Steele Society, presenter of the annual Sam Steele Days.

"The annual Sam Steele Days festival has become one of the region's most highly anticipated events," said Mr. Wilks. "Celebrations like this are not only a source of civic pride, but they also stimulate the economy and provide support for local tourism. Congratulations to the organizers on 50 years of success!"

With this funding, the Sam Steele Society will present the 50th edition of Sam Steele Days from June 19 to 22, 2014. The event will feature First Nations dancers, heritage vignettes, musical performances, and artistic exhibitions. This four-day festival, with an expected attendance of 20,000, will promote the work of 104 local artists, artisans, and heritage presenters.

"Our Government understands the important role that local festivals play in celebrating our shared heritage and collective identity," said Minister Glover. "Arts and culture organizations like the Sam Steele Society contribute to the vitality of our communities and enrich the quality of life of all Canadians."

"The dedicated volunteers and organizers of the Sam Steele Society of Cranbrook are pleased to receive support from the Department of Canadian Heritage," said Laura Kennedy, Treasurer of the Sam Steele Society. "The Sam Steele Days festival has contributed greatly to our community by providing exposure to local artists and artisans, fun family activities, competitive sporting events, increased economic vitality, as well as rewarding opportunities through the ambassador program."

The annual Sam Steele Days, named for a well-known Superintendent of the North West Mounted Police, celebrates the local history of the Kootenay region with a variety of activities including a kid's fun zone, strongman competition, parade, and ball tournament. The festival also features musical entertainment and an arts and crafts display, all of which will take place at Spirit Square in downtown Cranbrook.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $4,300 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian 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.

SOURCE: Canadian Heritage

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