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April 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and the Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of National Revenue and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), today announced funding for
Prince Edward Island 2014 Inc. and Confederation Centre of the Arts to support commemorations for the 150
th anniversary of the historic Charlottetown Conference. This investment will help Canadians enhance their knowledge of the important role the 1864 Charlottetown Conference played in the history of
"Our Government is proud to commemorate the 150
th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference so that Canadians from coast to coast to coast can better inform themselves of this significant milestone in the creation of
Canada," said Minister Moore. "On the road to
th birthday in 2017, let us celebrate all of the things that make
Canada the united, strong, and free country we are today."
"As Islanders, we have a lot to be proud of, and being the birthplace of Confederation is certainly one of them," said Minister Shea. "I am very proud that in addition to a memorable year of celebrations, our Government's support for the 150
th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference will also leave us with lasting infrastructure that will benefit Islanders for years to come."
"We are thrilled the Government of
Canada will join with the Government of
Prince Edward Island in providing support to help plan the Charlottetown Conference's 150
th anniversary celebrations," said
John Horrelt, PEI 2014 Inc. board member and Community Advisory Chair. "We look forward to welcoming visitors from across the country in 2014 when we take the opportunity to celebrate the creation of our nation."
Canada and Confederation Centre of the Arts are together celebrating two significant milestones in 2014—the 150
th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference, which led to the birth of the nation; and the 50
th anniversary of the large complex that is
Canada's national memorial to the Fathers of Confederation and those important events that took place in 1864," said
Jessie Inman, CEO of Confederation Centre. "We are extremely grateful for this funding for capital improvements to the Homburg Theatre, which helps to ensure that Confederation Centre will continue to honour the vision of our founders and strengthen our national identity, through leadership and excellence in heritage programming, and the visual and performing arts."
The Government of
Canada has provided total funding of more than
$6.1 million through two departments: the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Over
$4 million is provided through the two programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage—the
Commemorate Canada component of the
Celebration and Commemoration Program and the
Canada Cultural Spaces Fund—and more than
$2 million from the
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. For more information, see the attached backgrounder.
In 2014, all Canadians will be invited to commemorate the 150
th anniversary of the historic Charlottetown Conference. It was at this conference that the idea of building a new country was first discussed among the Fathers of Confederation. That idea became a reality with the proclamation of the
British North America Act and the birth of the Dominion of
July 1, 1867.
The Government of
Canada is proud to invest in the anniversary of this important milestone in the history of
Canada. Today's announcement includes the following investments:
Prince Edward Island 2014 Inc.: