As we all know, it’s Canada’s 150th birthday this year, or ‘sesquicentennial’, and the next few days will be chock-full of events and activities! Known as Celebrate Canada days, the lead-up to Canada Day celebrates the following very important dates.
On June 21, the spotlight shines on Indigenous culture and traditions for National Aboriginal Day! On May 25, I was pleased to announce, on behalf of Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly, $2 million in funding for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network’s Aboriginal Day Live. Free concerts and events will take place in 8 cities across Canada, including Winnipeg at The Forks, and will be broadcast live on APTN.
On June 24, it’s time to celebrate Canada’s francophone heritage on St. Jean Baptiste Day! The Centre culturel franco-manitobain has some great family-focused activities from noon to 3 pm. Afterwards, head out to Constellation francophone at The Forks, another large concert event celebrating Canada’s diverse francophone community in 6 cities across Canada. Constellation francophone will also be setting up interactive ‘doors’ in those cities – open the door and have a virtual visit with people in Moncton/Dieppe, Québec City, Ottawa, Toronto and Whitehorse!
For Multiculturalism Day on June 27, why not learn more about Winnipeg and join the North End Winnipeg Multicultural Day Celebration on Selkirk Avenue? Afterward, you could also visit the Tribal Village at The Forks.
And then we get to the big day: Canada Day! There are a number of activities happening in neighbourhoods across Winnipeg and Manitoba! In our riding, there will once again be family-themed activities at the Royal Canadian Mint, the St. Boniface Museum, the St. Boniface Cathedral, and Fort Gibraltar will be offering free historic tours! There will also be a large gathering in Sage Creek in the Ron Duhamel Park. I hope to see you there!
The Canada 150 celebrations don’t end with Canada Day! To find events happening across Canada all year, go to the Canada150 website, where you can find a list of activities and download the Passport 2017 app for when you’re on the go!
If you’re looking for a great way to spend your summer for Canada’s 150th, visit one of our many national parks (for free!) – don’t forget to download the new Parks Canada app!
I hope you all have an enjoyable and restful summer!