Harper Government Invests in Commemorations of the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812

GANANOQUE, Ontario, November 18, 2011 - The Lions Club of Gananoque will be able to commemorate the raid of Gananoque and the fight for Canada, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. This was announced today by Gord Brown, Member of Parliament (Leeds-Grenville), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 is significant for the Town of Gananoque as its founder, Joel Stone, was a colonel in the Loyalist British Army and defended the town and the area against the American invasion during the war.

With this funding, the Lions Club of Gananoque will present the community commemoration Celebrating Our Roots - Where It All Began. Activities will include historical re-enactments, musical and theatrical performances, and a heritage walk by local artists and historical heritage performers. In addition to this celebration, the Lions Club is constructing a pedestrian gateway to Joel Stone Heritage Park.

"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to celebrate important milestones like the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, the fight for Canada" said Minister Moore. "By supporting this commemoration, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support our culture and heritage."

"Projects that commemorate important events in our history are wonderful opportunities for Canadians to come together and take pride in Canada," said Mr. Brown. "The investment will enable this community to share a defining moment that shaped our nation with their fellow Canadians."

"The commemoration of the War of 1812 Bicentennial is an opportunity for the citizens of the Gananoque-1000 Islands area to celebrate their heritage, stimulate an interest in their history, and bring patriotism and nationalism into focus," said John McLeod, Lions Club of Gananoque Director. "It will also provide an opportunity for the local economy, which in recent years has seen several industries shut down, to be stimulated by tourism and showcase community initiatives."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $96,620 over two years through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

Details on planned activities and funding opportunities will be made available on the website for the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 at www.1812.gc.ca.

You can now download the official Government of Canada mobile application and browse the mobile site for information about the commemoration, key battles and heroes, and related national historic sites, as well as other interactive features that will be updated in the coming months in the lead-up to the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.
 

For more information (media only), please contact:

Sébastien Gariépy
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages
819-997-7788

Media Relations
Canadian Heritage
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