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The Government of Canada is proud to support the project "Out of Time: Entry Island Cultural Revitalization" on Entry Island

FATIMA, QC, July 17, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced funding of $30,000 for the Council for Anglophone Magdalen Islanders (CAMI) to carry out its project "Out of Time: Entry Island Cultural Revitalization."

"Out of Time: Entry Island Cultural Revitalization" will provide cultural and heritage skills-development workshops on Entry Island, a small island (7 km2) accessible only by charter air or by water. During the summer months, the island attracts more than 7,000 tourists. This project will comprise training modules in which participants gain in-depth practical knowledge of traditional local trades. "Out of Time" heritage workshops will be launched in August 2017, and their delivery is expected to resume on a larger scale during the 2018 tourism season. Providing practical cultural skills to Entry Islanders will strengthen their knowledge of their own cultural heritage. Sharing those skills with the larger community will help increase the visibility of the English-language community's culture and history on the Magdalen Islands.

This funding is provided by the Government of Canada through the Community Cultural Action Fund (CCAF), a sub-component of the Development of Official Language Communities program. The CCAF aims to support and strengthen the culture, arts and heritage of official-language minority communities, and to ensure their long-term development in these fields.

Quotes

"Our official languages are at the heart of who we are. The Government of Canada is proud to support the Council for Anglophone Magdalen Islanders' project 'Out of Time: Entry Island Cultural Revitalization', which highlights the rich history of the English-speaking community on Entry Island and invites everyone to learn more about their storied heritage."

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"Financial support from this program will increase both the knowledge of and appreciation for the Entry Island community's heritage and identity, having significant impacts on community vitality. Thank you to the Department of Canadian Heritage for their continuous and dedicated support to our organization."

—Helena Burke, Executive Director, Council for Anglophone Magdalen Islanders

Quick Facts

The Council for Anglophone Magdalen Islanders, incorporated in 1987, is a regional organization whose mandate is to represent Anglophone Magdalen Islanders among local, provincial and national partners to ensure the well-being and vitality of this English-speaking community.

The project "Out of Time: Entry Island Cultural Revitalization" aims to offer the English-speaking population of Entry Island—an island accessible solely by boat and home to only about a hundred inhabitants—the opportunity to learn and pass on traditional craft techniques, such as boat building, trap construction and wool spinning.

The activities, carried out with support from local experts, will take place from August 1, 2017, to March 31, 2018. The project will then be reproduced on a larger scale in the summer of 2018, when around 7,000 tourists will visit Entry Island.

By learning and sharing these skills and traditional crafts, the organization hopes to familiarize inhabitants of Entry Island with their own heritage and highlight the culture, history and heritage of English speakers on Entry Island.

Associated Links

Council for Anglophone Magdalen Islanders http://www.micami.org/en

Community Cultural Action Fund – Development of Official Language Communities http://canada.pch.gc.ca/eng/1458754146956/1458754203529

 

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

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