Community projects for Canada’s 150th celebrate local languages and cultural diversity

(OTTAWA, ON) – A wave of community projects to promote local languages and celebrate cultural diversity in Montreal, Owen Sound, Winnipeg, Lethbridge and Tofino are among those receiving funding thanks to contributions from the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th.

The projects, which range from local concerts to walking tours to community festivals, are just a few of the activities being supported by community foundations participating in the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th – a national initiative to support local projects that build community and encourage engagement in the country’s sesquicentennial.

Throughout 2017, the Fund will engage Canadians by providing thousands of small grants to local projects in every province and territory with a particular focus on initiatives involving youth, Indigenous groups, official language minorities, and groups that reflect Canada’s cultural diversity. More than $5.1 million has already been granted to support over 720 projects in more than 300 communities in all parts of Canada.

“The promotion, preservation and celebration of language and cultural diversity is central to fostering a greater sense of belonging in our communities,” says Laurel Carlton, Director, Leadership Initiatives and Governance with Community Foundations of Canada. “To mark International Mother Language Day this year, we’re excited to shine a spotlight on 150 projects that showcase the many ways that languages and cultures contribute to making our communities more vibrant places to live.”

Foundation of Greater Montreal, Community Foundation Grey Bruce, Francofonds, Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta, and the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust are among the organizations funding Canada 150 projects that showcase local languages, multilingualism and cultural diversity. These projects include:

  • Rhythms of Canada, Yesterday and Today: The Anima Musica Choir of Chorale Donovan will create a gala concert program including songs in Huron, French and English, weaving together traditional and contemporary music (Montreal, QC)
  • Walking Tour Towards Truth & Reconciliation: First United Church and community partners will create a walking tour of five significant Indigenous landmarks in the neighbourhood of Brooke, to provide some Truth for Reconciliation and share stories in English, French and Ojibway (Owen Sound, ON).
  • Gala de la jeunesse francophone pour le 150ème du Canada: Accueil Francophone will host a gala for youth to experience different cultures and explore their identities as franco-Manitobains (Winnipeg, MB).
  • MulticultureFest: The Southern Alberta Ethnic Association will host a local festival to celebrate different cultures, languages, food and entertainment, including a “mini-World Cup” youth soccer tournament featuring teams from different cultural groups across Lethbridge and the surrounding region (Lethbridge, AB).
  • Heartwood Nuu-chah-nulth and French Programs: A new project organized by the Heartwood Learning Community in Tofino will offer French and Nuu-chah-nulth language and cultural education to students living in the Clayoquot Biosphere region (Tofino, BC)

-30-Registered Canadian charities, municipalities and other qualified donees are eligible to apply to the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th through the community foundation that serves their area. To learn more about the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, including its funding priorities and which communities are currently accepting grant applications, visit www.communityfoundations.ca/cfc150.

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
cfc150@communityfoundations.ca   

Media contact:

David Venn
Director of Communications
Community Foundations of Canada
dvenn@communityfoundations.ca

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