Feds fund Canada Day, National Aboriginal Day celebrations

Celebrate Canada programs help communities organize activities to celebrate Canada’s heritage.

Minister for Canadian Heritage Shelly Glover has allocated funding to local organizations under the Celebrate Canada program, for Canada Day and National Aboriginal Day celebrations.

The programs helps communities organize activities to celebrate Canada’s heritage.

Ron Cannan, Conservative MP for Kelowna-Lake Country, said in a press release that $27,800 was awarded to local organizations including the Festivals and Special Events Development Society of Kelowna, the Kelowna Métis Association, Métis Community Services Society of BC, Centre Culturel Francophone de l’Okanagan, the Rotary Club of Lake Country, and the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society.

The Celebrate Canada program supports local activities during the period from June 21 to July 1, including National Aboriginal Day on June 21, Saint Jean Baptiste Day on June 24, Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27 and Canada Day on July 1.  The funds provided are to assist with start-up costs of projects and are not intended as 100 per cent funding.  Groups are encouraged to make their activities increasingly self-supporting from year to year.

“Celebrating these special days, including Canada’s 148th birthday, gives us a chance to share our pride in our country,” Cannan said in a press release.