Arts & Heritage Program provides funding to First Nations celebration

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Ben Lobb, MP for Huron-Bruce today announced funding for 3rd Annual Celebration of First Nations in Huron County.  The Heritage and Culture Partnership will receive funding from the Government of Canada through the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage.

 “Our Government is proud to support the Heritage and Culture Partnership,” said MP Lobb. “The activities are one of the ways in which communities come together by celebrating events to which we can all relate and that touch our lives.   Our Government is helping to build stronger communities across Canada.  These events also provide a boost to our local businesses and help support our local artists and artisans.”

“We are very pleased to receive this funding. Celebration of First Nations has become such a popular annual community event and this funding allows us to continue delivering programming that brings the best Canadian Aboriginal artists to Huron County” says Rick Sickinger, Coordinator of Heritage and Culture Partnership.
The Heritage and Culture Partnership will receive funding of $5,100 for the 3rd annual edition of the Celebration of First Nations in Huron County in Huron County, Ontario.  The celebration will run from October 2 to 3, 2010 at the Blyth Festival, Goderich Library and Bayfield Town Hall.

Festival activities include an author reading; a music concert by 2010 Juno Award winners, Digging Roots with special opening guest Gerry “The Big Bear” Barrett, one of Canada’s best known Aboriginal comedians who originally hails from Saugeen First Nation.  The event also includes two screenings of the National Film Board of Canada’s acclaimed film “Reel Injun”. The film will be introduced by director, Neil Diamond at both screenings.

The Government of Canada created the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage program in September 2007. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in local activities that present arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage. This program will benefit many community events and celebrations throughout Canada this year.


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