For immediate release: 9 June 2017
Our Communities: At the Heart of Celebrations for the 150th Anniversary of Confederation in 2017
TJ Harvey, Member of Parliament for Tobique-Mactaquac, today announced funding of to the Town of Florenceville-Bristol ($10,000), Woodstock First Nation ($15,000), Keswick Ridge School ($6,100) and St. David’s Presbyterian Church ($2,000) for their respective community projects. He made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
Thanks to this support, provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Fund, the four projects announced today in communities across Tobique-Mactaquac will bring the following activities to rural communities in Tobique-Mactaquac.
The Town of Florenceville-Bristol plans to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, through a two-day festival which includes sharing of First Nations’ culture and tradition, musical performances, arts and crafts demonstrations, as well as a time capsule to commemorate the anniversary. The Multicultural Association of Carleton County will coordinate presentations and workshops on various cultural harvest traditions and recipes.
Woodstock First Nation will present a series of workshops, including traditional drumming, chanting, canoe building, basket and regalia making. During these workshops, participants will be able to learn the history and significance to the Maliseet People. There will also be traditional drumming and chanting, as well as a traditional feast and the initiative will be titled “Walking in our Moccasins”.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Keswick Ridge School has just completed a visual art/storytelling installation produced by students in grades 3-5 at the school. The installation included a timeline of Canadian history compiled from individual student interest projects. Students learned about topics of interest and importance to Canadian history through consulting class materials, through interactions with the Keswick Ridge Historical Society and the New Brunswick Provincial Archives, and through conversation with members of First Nations communities and others in the Keswick Ridge community. The final project will be on display to the community during the wider celebrations of Canada 150 celebrations.
St. David’s Presbyterian Church is planning an anniversary service to include a gospel concert followed by outdoor activities in the church yard. St. David’s and St. Paul’s Anglican Church were both built by the community in the late 1800s, primarily by Scottish, Irish and English settlers who came to the area as pioneers. St. David’s and St. Paul’s will celebrate the history of their churches along with the history of our country this year.
To make 2017 a year that all Canadians will remember, the Government of Canada has invested in local, regional and Canada-wide projects. Canada 150 is the perfect time to highlight what makes communities all across the country so unique, diverse and vibrant.
“In 2017, Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all that it means to be Canadian. Our government has created opportunities for Canadians to participate in local, regional, and national celebrations. Communities across the country are proudly taking part in the festivities throughout the year to mark this significant anniversary in Canada’s history. Join the celebrations taking place in your community!” —The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
“To see these community driven projects, especially this year, as we celebrate our Nation’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, makes me proud to be Canadian but more importantly, honoured to be from my greater community. I’m delighted to see these projects come to fruition and create opportunities for us, as Canadians, to participate in local celebrations that will provide lasting legacies for future generations.”
—TJ Harvey, Member of Parliament for Tobique-Mactaquac
“The Canada 150 River Valley Fall Festival will be a wonderful community event for residents to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. This fair will take place in conjunction with the Buttermilk Creek Festival on September 8th and 9th. This festival will showcase many of the historic pastimes, hobbies and skills that were frequently utilized in this region. We are planning on seminars, workshops, demonstrations and competitions as well as an outdoor movie, a parade and a finale concert.” —Charles Walker, Tourism & Business Development Manager, Town of Florenceville-Bristol
“Woodstock First Nation will be celebrating our unique culture within Canadian society on the anniversary of Canada’s birthday.” —Mark Polchies, Project Coordinator, Woodstock First Nation
“On May 30th the grade 3-5 students at Keswick Ridge School played host to a community party celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday. The energy was electric as students helped to decorate the gymnasium and prepared to welcome over 250 guests. Watching our First Nation guests perform traditional dance and drumming was an important step in building a better understanding and respect between our cultures. Grade 3 student Addie exclaimed ‘I loved it! The music and dancers were so cool.’ Our Canada 150 timeline of projects provided many opportunities for students to learn about Canada’s history in personal, engaging and unique ways. Addie liked being able to see all of her friend’s projects at the same time. But she added that her favourite part was of course the birthday cake.”
—Diane MacLeod, Teacher, Keswick Ridge School
“St. David’s and St. Paul’s have joined forces this year to celebrate their history and Canada’s 150th anniversary as a nation. Both churches were established shortly after the time of Confederation. With the support of a Canada 150 grant from Heritage Canada, we are working to bring more people together, foster a greater sense of belonging in the community, and mark this important moment in our history.”
—Judy Cole, secretary-treasurer, St. David’s
- The Government of Canada’s vision for the 150thanniversary of Confederation includes four major themes: diversity and inclusiveness, the environment, young people and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
- The Canada 150 Fund, established in April 2015, has an overall budget of $200 million.
- Through this Fund, the Government of Canada invests strategically in activities that support the 150thanniversary vision and promote the direct involvement of Canadians.
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