Community foundations support more than 1,700 local projects for Canada’s 150th

(OTTAWA, ON) – The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is bringing people together and building a greater sense of belonging through hundreds of local projects connected to the country’s sesquicentennial.

More than 1,700 projects across the country have been approved through the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaborative initiative that launched last year between the Government of Canada, community foundations, and local leaders.

“Canada 150 is a wonderful opportunity to get involved in our communities and to celebrate our shared values, our achievements and our pride. Thanks to support from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, one-of-a-kind celebrations are taking place in communities all across the country. 2017 promises to be an extraordinary and memorable one for all Canadians,” says The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Hundreds of these community projects and events will take place throughout the summer, including many happening in connection with National Aboriginal Day (June 21), Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Fête nationale du Québec et de la Francophonie canadienne (June 24), Canadian Multiculturalism Day (June 27) and Canada Day (July 1).

With an aim to engage the broadest array of Canadians possible, the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th has a particular focus on initiatives that involve youth, Indigenous groups, official language minorities, and groups that reflect Canada’s multiculturalism.

Of the 1,700 projects approved to date, more than 1,400 activities engage or are led by youth, 1,300 involve diverse groups, and nearly 1,000 engage Indigenous people. Almost all of these projects involve volunteers, with over 100,000 Canadians expected to offer their time to events happening across Canada throughout 2017.

“These initiatives are so vital to encouraging local participation,” says Laurel Carlton, Director of Leadership Initiatives and Governance at Community Foundations of Canada. “Inspiring a deeper understanding of the people and places that shape our country, and building inclusive and healthy communities that will leave a lasting legacy for future generations is so important as we mark Canada’s 150th.”

Some of the projects aiming to bring Canadians together this year include:

  • Celebrating Songs and Stories of Immigration and Encounter at Canada’s 150: A two-day music and dance workshop engaging youth, community Elders, and professional artist-facilitators. The workshop will close with a performance at Multicultural Day 2017, sponsored by Cape Breton University and Cape Breton Regional Municipality. (Sydney, NS)
  • Canada Day 2017 at Lacombe Athletic Park: The City of Lacombe is hosting a gathering of community groups for a free all-day event celebrating Canada Day during the sesquicentennial. (Lacombe, AB)
  • Tulita Proud: A project teaching youth about Dene and Métis traditions, culture, and healthy living. Participants will go on four-week excursions where they will learn from Elders how to net and dry fish, navigate rivers, build camps and canoes, read the weather, and more. (Tulita, NT)
  • Acadian Family Cultural Exchange: Acadian families of New Brunswick, PEI, and Nova Scotia will take part in a three-day cultural exchange, examining how diversity contributes to a proud, strong, and free Canada. Hosted by Centre Goeland and Village des Sources l’Étoile Filante, participants will learn about Island, Acadian, and Aboriginal experiences, and discuss what kind of Canada they’d like to create for the next 150 years. (Cap-Egmont, PEI)
  • Un territoire commun, série de trois cafés-littéraires: A series of three literary cafes, organized by Les amis du patrimoine de St-Venant-de-Paquette will create an opportunity for Francophone and Indigenous writers to come together and exchange ideas about the land and the history of the communities that have shaped it. (Saint-Venant de Paquette, QC)

With more than 175 community foundations supporting projects in every province and territory, it’s an opportunity for all Canadians to come together and contribute to the places they call home.

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About Community Foundations of Canada

Community Foundations of Canada is the national network for Canada’s 191 community foundations. We are a philanthropic movement working across sectors to help Canadians invest in building strong and resilient communities.

About Community Fund for Canada’s 150th

The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is a collaborative effort, seeded by the Government of Canada and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast, and delivered locally by Canada’s community foundations.

Community Fund for Canada’s 150th contact:

Laurel Carlton
Director, Leadership Initiatives and Governance
Community Foundations of Canada
P: (613) 915-1637
E: cfc150@communityfoundations.ca   

Media contact:

David Venn
Director of Communications
Community Foundations of Canada
P: (613) 236-2664 ext. 302
E: dvenn@communityfoundations.ca

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