Minister Ambrose announces support for commemorative activities
EDMONTON, Nov. 10, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, Minister Responsible for Northern Alberta and Member of Parliament for Edmonton–Spruce Grove, today announced Government of Canada funding to the Maskekowsak Cultural Society to support their Remembrance Day activities. Minister Ambrose made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs.
The Enoch Cree First Nation's Maskekowsak Cultural Society will organize and host activities on November 11 which will include a traditional pipe ceremony, prayers, speeches, an honour guard, wreath layings, sacred historical songs, and a special Memorial Round Dance. The Dance will bring people of all ages together to remember the horrors of war and commemorate the bravery and sacrifices of Veterans and current members of the Canadian Armed Forces.
- The Maskekowsak Cultural Society – Enoch Cree First Nation is receiving $2,450, through Veteran's Affairs Canada's Community Engagement Partnership Fund, for their Lest We Forget Remembrance Day activities.
- Since 2006, the Government of Canada has provided more than $13 million through the Community Engagement Partnership Fund for projects that recognize Veterans and those who died in service.
- During the month of November, Canadians come together to honour those who have sacrificed to make our world a safer place. Learn more at veterans.gc.ca/iremember.
"Honouring and commemorating the heroic acts of generations of men and women who have served our nation is a duty bestowed on all Canadians. Our Government is pleased to support organizations that pay tribute to our Veterans' service and sacrifices."
The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
"I applaud the members of the Maskekowsak Cultural Society and the Enoch Cree First Nation for organizing this day of cultural remembrance activities to commemorate and honour our Veterans. These special events will no doubt leave a lasting impression on everyone in attendance, particularly youth, and remind them of the sacrifices of the remarkable men and women in uniform who helped build the Canada we know today."
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health and Minister Responsible for Northern Alberta and Member of Parliament for Edmonton Spruce Grove
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