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Government of Canada announces investment in the History in the Hills Festival

MEDICINE HAT, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/20/14 -- Department of Canadian HeritageLaVar Payne, Member of Parliament (Medicine Hat), today announced continued support for the History in the Hills Festival. He made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $6,000 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage to support the 11th edition of the History in the Hills Festival.

The annual festival will run from May 25 to 27, 2014, in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, Alberta. The History in the Hills Society will create an outdoor venue that allows visitors to engage and connect with First Nations cultural traditions, including an archaeological dig site, hide-tanning demonstrations, bannock making, and elder storytelling.

Quick Facts

--  The History in the Hills Society is a local, incorporated, non-profit
    organization that promotes the First Nations culture and history of the
    area around Medicine Hat.
--  The Festival is an annual production that takes place at the
    archaeological dig site at Elkwater Lake in Cypress Hills
    Interprovincial Park.
--  Founded in 2002 by First Nations, Metis and Inuit Education program
    coordinator Deb Lloyd and University of Calgary archaeologist Gerry
    Oetelaar, the History in the Hills Festival stems from the former Native
    Awareness Week and has grown to become a popular festival among
    residents and students in Southern Alberta.

Quotes

"Organizations like the History in the Hills Society allow Canadians from all walks of life to connect with First Nations and Metis traditions and culture. I encourage residents of Medicine Hat and the surrounding areas to discover and experience First Nations and Metis life through the hands-on demonstrations and historic storytelling."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage Minister and Official Languages

"Thanks to the many volunteers who dedicate countless hours planning and organizing, I know that this year's History in the Hills Festival will be a success."

-LaVar Payne, Member of Parliament (Medicine Hat)

"For over 10 years, History in the Hills Society has provided an educational event that has touched the lives of hundreds of participants. Set in the majestic Cypress Hills, a tipi and trapper tent encampment is set up with authentic artisans providing interpretations from every Aboriginal group that has a history in the park. Set in a valley next to the archaeology site that gives evidence to over 8000 years of Aboriginal life at that site, the production provides valuable education to community, schools, and professional staff. The Society is grateful for assistance from Canadian Heritage."

-Deborah Lloyd, President, History in the Hills Society

Associated Links

History in the Hills Society

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park - Alberta

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Contacts:
Marisa Monnin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian
Heritage and Official Languages
819-997-7788

Anna Gravelle
A/Regional Manager
Communications
Western Region
Canadian Heritage
604-666-6504

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
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1-866-569-6155
[email protected]

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