October 2016 Newsletter Insert

2017 will be a milestone year in Canadian history as our country celebrates its’150th birthday.

Planning for the sesquicentennial anniversary (let’s call it Canada 150) began in 2012, under the previous Conservative government, with the mandate to build our nation and celebrate our history.  Celebrations that will inspire Canadians to get involved have been planned.

I wanted to take this opportunity to inform constituents of a number of initiatives where you can get involved as the countdown to Canada 150 has already begun. Become part of it.

Canadian Heritage and CBC/Radio Canada have joined together to share what is taking place across the country and to collect your stories.  For more information on what is planned and to share your photos, videos and stories please visithttp://www.cbc.radioCanada.ca/en/explore/2017/ or http://canada.pch.gc.ca/ to reach the Government of Canada’s website. In addition, there are several legacy grants that will go towards supporting culture, history, heritage, and sport in Canada. Those applications and guidelines can also be found on the Government website.

Our Capital city is planning celebrations throughout 2017 to mark Canada’s 150th birthday.  If you are planning a trip to Ottawa, this would be a spectacular time to visit.  Here is a website that can direct you to the events that will be occurring in Ottawa – http://www.ottawa2017.ca/.

For a more local look at the celebrations, I encourage you to look at the imagiNation 150 website to see what is being planned in Calgary.  Canadians of all ages, back grounds and walks of life are being encouraged to reflect on where we’ve been and to dream audaciously about the future we will create.  This website can be reached at http://www.i150.ca/

The Canada Council for the Arts is marking the 150th Anniversary of Confederation by creating a special program to support the creation and sharing of exceptional artistic and literary works. The hope is to inspire works that interpret the world we live in and envision our shared future. This website is http://canadacouncil.ca/council/grants/find-a-grant/grants/new-chapter

Canada’s 150th anniversary is an historic moment with the power to bring people and places together as we dream big about our communities and our country.  It’s a chance to encourage all Canadians to contribute to their communities in a way that will foster a greater sense of belonging, support meaningful reconciliation and leave a lasting legacy now and for future generations. For more information about Canada 150 grants through the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, please visit www.communityfoundations.ca/cfc150

It is going to be an exciting year for Canada so plan to participate in one of the several celebrations that will be happening across our country. Follow along at @Canada150th on Twitter and use #Canada150 and help countdown this milestone year.