Get Ready for Canada 150, British Columbia!

News Release

VANCOUVER, June 2, 2017

British Columbia—get ready to celebrate, participate and explore! The Government of Canada is supporting 23 additional projects in the province, bringing the total to more than 80 projects to help Canadians get active, connect with nature, and explore the diverse culture and heritage that make British Columbia a great place to live. Jonathan Wilkinson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament (North Vancouver), made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Throughout 2017, British Columbians and visitors to the province will be able to celebrate Canada 150 through hundreds of activities and events that showcase Canada’s linguistic, cultural and regional diversity. Initiatives such as “We Are Canadians, Too!” led by the Asian-Canadian Special Events Association, are designed to encourage intercultural exchange. Projects such as the Rick Hansen Foundation’s “Access4All” and 4Rs Youth Movement’s “Possible Canadas” encourage young Canadians to play an active role in their community and help shape the Canada of tomorrow. In April, the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Society’s Spring Light successfully encouraged active participation in the community.

The Government of Canada is providing $1,606,643 to support these additional initiatives through the Canada 150 Fund, which is administered by the Department of Canadian Heritage. The government is pleased to support local, regional and national activities designed to encourage Canadians across the country to take part in the celebrations, and to come together to make 2017 an unforgettable year.



 

Name of organization

Name of activity

Amount

1

ABBOTSFORD COMMUNITY SERVICES

Live-Shade Community Engagement Project
Abbotsford Community Services will actively engage residents of Abbotsford in learning about sustainability in urban environments by facilitating the planting of a live shade community garden, which will provide a naturally shaded area in an existing community garden.

$12,500

2

ASIAN-CANADIAN SPECIAL EVENTS ASSOCIATION

We Are Canadians, Too!
Asian Canadian Special Events Association will create a new, large-scale public festival that will focus on sharing the experiences and perspectives of first-generation Asian-Canadian youth with a broad audience through arts and culture.

$87,500

3

CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL SOCIETY

War Canoe Project
This youth engagement project will have 60 young people working alongside artisans and carvers to design and build three C150 war canoes and restore two heritage canoes.

$50,000

4

CENTRE CULTUREL FRANCOPHONE DE VANCOUVER

Canada 150: Cap sur le Pacifique
From July 21 to 23, the Centre culturel francophone de Vancouver will highlight the fact that Vancouver is Canada’s gateway to the Asia-Pacific region.

$296,000

5

CITY OF ABBOTSFORD

Canada’s Birthday Celebration – Red, White & YOU
The City of Abbotsford will host a community celebration in August 2017 that will feature Canadian musicians, entertainers and food.

$45,000

6

CITY OF MAPLE RIDGE

Exploring Our Nature
The City of Maple Ridge is planning a varied program of activities and art throughout 2017. With community partners, the City will coordinate several community public art projects, including student-created street banners and a street mural.

$62,700

7

CITY OF PITT MEADOWS

Canada 150 Mosaic
The City of Pitt Meadows will hire artist Lewis Lavoie to design a conceptual mural for approval by the community. His team will facilitate a three-day workshop where community members will paint the mosaic tiles that will make up the final mural.

$15,000

8

CITY OF PORT MOODY

Mosaiculture Sculpture Project
The City of Port Moody will design and plant a permanent mosaiculture display in one of its local parks.

$20,000

9

CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF NEW WESTMINSTER (THE)

Living Stories
The project is centred on diversity and inclusion, and will collect and document the identity of the City of New Westminster at a point in time, 150 years from Confederation. The final collection of stories will be presented in third spaces throughout the City.

$ 51,500

10

CORPORATION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF LANGLEY (THE)

Community of Communities Photo Mosaic Mural Project
The Corporation of the Township of Langley plans to create a photomural celebrating its diverse residents.

$30,000

11

EDMONDS COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Reconciliation and Canada 150
The Edmonds Community School, School District 41 Burnaby will celebrate its past, present and future through a series of immersive and interactive events involving the K-7 students of the school, their families and community members.

$25,430

12

KELLY & KELLY INC.

Road Trip Radio
Kelly & Kelly will create a 13-episode podcast series called Road Trip Radio. This series, aimed at tweens (ages 8-12) and their families, will hook its audience with humour but will be educational at its core. Each episode will be about a province and territory and will feature content such as audio documentaries on regional heroes, car games on geography and “breaking news” on Canada 150 events across the country.

$263,563

13

FEDERATION OF B.C. YOUTH IN CARE NETWORKS

Truth and Reconciliation Tour
The Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks will facilitate a Truth and Reconciliation Workshop Tour to 12 rural and remote British Columbia communities.

$48,000

14

GROUNDSWELL EDUCATION SOCIETY

Indigenous on the Land Gathering
The Groundswell Education Society will host a four-day youth seminar involving 30 Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth (75%/25%, respectively) from the Stikine region in northwestern British Columbia.

$45,000

15

PLEASANTSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Pleasantside Connects
The proposed Canada 150 project will see students and the community engage with members of the Indigenous community and undertake a project to carve a Coast Salish house post as a reminder of the students’ and school’s commitment to reconciliation.

$8,000

16

PRESENTATION HOUSE CULTURAL SOCIETY

The Gulliver Project: IMMIGRATION and FIRST CONTACT
The Presentation House Cultural Society will highlight the role of Indigenous Canadians and new immigrants to Canada in a site-specific, outdoor event held over two months in the summer of 2017 in Richmond and North Vancouver. The project will provide an opportunity for residents and visitors to the area to take part in an inclusive, celebratory experience that raises awareness and highlights the importance of both Indigenous peoples and immigrants to Canada.

$100,000

17

SOCIÉTÉ DE DÉVELOPPEMENT ÉCONOMIQUE DE LA COLOMBIE-BRITANNIQUE

Ambassadeurs du terroir de la Colombie-Britannique : célébrer la richesse issue de notre environnement Canada 150
This project will allow Francophones and Francophiles to learn more about their environment and take part in activities to celebrate British Columbia’s cultural and environmental heritage, in order to highlight the contribution of these two factors to the development of Canadian identity over the last 150 years.

$82,500

18

SOUTH ASIAN CANADIAN HERITAGE ASSOCIATION

Trauma, Memory, and the Story of Canada
The South Asian Canadian Heritage Association plans to mark Canada 150 by creating a program that explores the history of the South Asian community in Canada, but also involving members of the Chinese, Japanese and Indigenous communities.

$150,000

19

THE CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF PORT COQUITLAM – PORT COQUITLAM CANADA DAY TASK FORCE

Port Coquitlam Canada 150
The City of Port Coquitlam will organize a community celebration, a First Nations canoe-carving project in partnership with Kwiikwetlam First Nation, and a youth public art project called “City on the Move.” In partnership with the Maple Creek Stream Keepers, the City will develop river walks for youth focusing on the history of the three rivers that flow through the city.

$48,500

20

TOURISM CHILLIWACK INC.

Stò:lo Welcome Figures Project
Tourism Chilliwack, in partnership with the Stó:lō Nation, will commission and hire a local carver to create two welcome figures to be installed on the grounds of the Visitor’s Centre. The project will also include an initiative for local students in grades 3 and 4 to design and create a project that celebrates First Nations culture in the community.

$48,000

21

VANCOUVER CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL SOCIETY

SPRING LIGHT
The Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Society presented a new, outdoor interdisciplinary production in Vancouver’s Queen Elizabeth Park.

$31,550

22

VANCOUVER OUT ON SCREEN FILM AND VIDEO SOCIETY (THE)

Our Living History, an LGBT2Q+ Intergenerational Film Series
The Vancouver Out on Screen Film and Video Society will celebrate Canada 150 with an interactive project bringing together LGBT2Q+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirited and queer) youth and seniors with the goal of elucidating the history and current context of the LGBT2Q+ community in Canada.

$49,500

23

YOUNG WOMEN'S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF VANCOUVER

Celebrating Youth’s Role in Supporting Women's Equality
This project aims to engage Canadian youth to further the legacy of Canada 150 in terms of who they want to be and how they want to contribute to the Canada they envision in terms of gender equality.

$36,400

 

 

 

$1,606,643

Quotes

“Canada 150 is a unique opportunity to gather in our communities and to celebrate what it means to be Canadian. We will be marking this important anniversary in communities all across Canada, including in British Columbia. Our government is pleased to support projects and activities that showcase the things that make our communities unique, diverse and dynamic, and leave a legacy for future generations. Join your friends and family and be part of the celebrations taking place during this momentous year!”

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“I invite all Canadians and visitors to explore British Columbia in 2017 and celebrate Canada 150 with us! Discover the breathtaking natural beauty of our province, and enjoy the wonderful hospitality we have to offer. Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime experience—we can’t wait to see you!”

—Jonathan Wilkinson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Member of Parliament (North Vancouver)

Quick Facts

  • The Government of Canada is providing total funding of $1,606,643 for 23 new community projects in British Columbia.

  • The main themes of the Government of Canada’s vision for Canada 150 are diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, the environment and youth.

  • The Canada 150 Fund was created in April 2015 and has a total budget of $200 million.

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