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Investing in Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration in Winnipeg

Minister Glover announces funding to Aboriginal Peoples Television Network and invites everyone to take part in the celebrations

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA -- (Marketwired) -- 06/20/14 -- Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing $20,005 in funding to Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) for the 2014 edition of its Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration, which is taking place on June 21 at The Forks in Winnipeg.

The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages made this announcement today. The Government of Canada is providing financial support through the Celebrate Canada program. Celebrate Canada is four days of celebrations that begin with National Aboriginal Day on June 21, continue with Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24 and Canadian Multiculturalism Day on June 27, and end with Canada Day on July 1.

Quick Facts

--  Held at The Forks Historical Site, APTN's Winnipeg Aboriginal Day Live &
    Celebration event features:
    --  a Cultural Village and Celebration Stages showcasing First Nations,
        Inuit, and Metis dancers, singers, artists, storytellers, and
        drummers;
    --  a pow wow and a skateboard competition;
    --  a free evening concert, co-hosted by Michelle Thrush and Derek
        Miller, featuring some of the most celebrated names in Aboriginal
        music and television; and
    --  a fireworks display to end the day's activities.
--  About 35,000 people are expected to participate in the activities at The
    Forks.

Quotes

"I am proud that our Government is investing in APTN's Aboriginal Day Live & Celebration in Winnipeg. This event provides a wonderful opportunity to highlight the culture, heritage, and diversity of our country's First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples. I invite everyone to come to The Forks and take part in this fantastic celebration!"

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

"On behalf of the network, I give many thanks to the Government of Canada and Canadian Heritage who have provided generous support to our celebration. Not only does this contribution allow us to build the show locally with musicians from across Manitoba, but it also allows us to reach out into the community to provide opportunities for talent nationwide."

-Sky Bridges, Chief Operating Officer, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network

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

Francine D. Lefebvre, Regional Manager, Communications
Prairies and Northern Region
Canadian Heritage
204-983-4367
Cell: 204-899-8611
[email protected]

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
819-994-9101
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