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Celebrating Arts, Culture and History in Madawaska

Government of Canada provides funding for four Madawaska area organizations

EDMUNDSTON, NEW BRUNSWICK -- (Marketwired) -- 05/23/14 -- Department of Canadian Heritage

The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and Member of Parliament (Madawaska-Restigouche), today announced a total of $146,300 in funding for four organizations in the Madawaska region on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Four projects will be undertaken in the Madawaska region thanks to funding provided through two programs: the Museums Assistance Program and the Building Communities through Arts and Heritage Program. Residents and visitors will be able to discover and enjoy unique experiences involving Brayon, Aboriginal, Acadian and Francophone arts, culture and history.

The recipient organizations are the Musee historique du Madawaska (Universite de Moncton), the Foire Brayonne, the Comite de promotion de l'Acadie des terres et forets and the Rendez-vous des Artistes. Details on project funding are provided in the attached backgrounder.

Quick Facts

--  The Musee historique du Madawaska (governed by the Universite de
    Moncton, Edmundston campus) will introduce a travelling bilingual
    exhibit entitled "L'Acadie des terres et forets : territoires contestes
    et familles retrouvees." The project involves the production,
    presentation and touring of the exhibit.
--  The Foire Brayonne is one of the most important French Canadian
    festivals. The 36th edition will be held from July 30 to August 3, 2014,
    in Edmundston.
--  "L'Acadie des Terre et Forets en fete," a show that began in July 2002,
    presents young people celebrating 400 years of history through song,
    dance and theatre. It will be presented from July 27 to August 17, in
    Edmundston. This year, it is the ambassador show for the 2014 World
    Acadian Congress.
--  The 11th Rendez-vous des Artistes will be held August 14-17, 2014, in
    Saint-Leonard, in northwest New Brunswick.

Quotes

"Our Government is very proud to support these organizations that highlight the arts, culture and heritage of Madawaska and the surrounding communities. The travelling exhibit project will, among other things, provide a first-rate showcase to ensure that the region's history will become better known to the public and remain vibrant."

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

"Through these cultural projects, Brayon, Aboriginal, Acadian and Francophone activities will entertain residents and visitors. Our Government's investment in arts and culture contributes to economic activity and the quality of life in our communities."

- The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and Member of Parliament (Madawaska-Restigouche)

"We would like to thank Canadian Heritage for its support. The travelling exhibition, "L'Acadie des terres et forets : forets contestees, familles retrouvees" wil be presented at the Madawaska Historical Museum starting July 31. It will allow local residents and visitors to appreciate the details associated with the attribution of lands along the border of Acadia of the Lands and Forests, including south Temiscouata county, in the years following the famous Webster-Ashburton Treaty of 1842.

-Jacques Paul Couturier, Vice-Rector of l'Universite de Moncton - Edmundston campus

Associated Links

- Museums Assistance Program

- Building Communities through Arts and Heritage Program

- Universite de Moncton - Musee historique du Madawaska

- L'Acadie des Terres et Forets en fete

- Foire brayonne

- Rendez-vous des Artistes

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Backgrounder

----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Museums Assistance Program

The Museums Assistance Program, Access to Heritage component, supports
 heritage institutions and workers in the preservation and presentation of
 heritage collections.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
City        Organization        Project              Fiscal Year      Amount
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Edmundston  Musee historique du L'Acadie des terres    2014-2015    $107,700
            Madawaska           et forets,            ($101,297)
            (Universite de      territoires            2015-2016
            Moncton, Edmundston contestes et            ($6,403)
            campus)             familles retrouvees
----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Building Communities through Arts and Heritage

The Building Communities through Arts and Heritage Program, Local Festivals
 component, is aimed at citizen engagement in the communities through the
 performing and visual arts, and in the expression, celebration and
 preservation of local heritage.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
City        Organization        Project              Fiscal Year      Amount
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Edmundston  Foire Brayonne Inc. 36th Foire Brayonne    2014-2015     $16,900
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Edmundston  Comite de promotion Show: L'Acadie des     2014-2015     $16,500
            de l'Acadie des     Terres et forets en
            terres et forets    fete 2014
----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Saint-      Le Rendez-vous des  11th Rendez-vous des   2014-2015      $5,200
 Leonard    Artistes Inc.       Artistes
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                                                    TOTAL AMOUNT    $146,300
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Contacts:
Marisa Monnin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages
819-997-7788

Gilles Theriault
Communications Manager
Atlantic Region
Canadian Heritage
506-851-3980

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
819-994-9101
1-866-569-6155
[email protected]

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