Member of Parliament Larry Miller Announces Support for Emancipation Celebration Festival

July 3, 2013

OWEN SOUND, Ontario, July 3, 2013 – Larry Miller, Member of Parliament (Bruce–Grey–Owen Sound) on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced support for Owen Sound’s Emancipation Celebration Festival.

The 151st Emancipation Celebration Festival will take place from July 27 to August 23, 2013, in Harrison Park. The festival celebrates Black Canadian history, culture and artists and pays homage to settlers who came to the region by way of the Underground Railroad. Festival activities include a speakers forum, theatrical and musical performances, an art exhibition and children’s activities.

“Our Government is proud to celebrate Black Canadian history, culture and roots through the arts,” said Mr. Miller. “Congratulations to the organizers, artists, and volunteers who make the Emancipation Celebration Festival possible every year.”

“Canada has a rich history, and our Government is proud to support festivals like this one that encourage Canadians to learn about it,” said Minister Moore. “During Canada History Week, I encourage all Canadians to learn what makes Canada the united, strong, and free country we live in today.”

Beginning on Canada Day 2013, Canadians from coast to coast to coast will mark the first-ever Canada History Week, an opportunity to learn about the people and events that have shaped our great nation on the local and national level.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $3,400 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.