April 23, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The first of 14 regional heritage fairs scheduled to take place from April to June is being held today and tomorrow at the Université de Moncton - Shippagan campus.
"Wellness within New Brunswick encompasses not just body, but also mind - and not just individuals, but entire communities," said Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Hédard Albert. "Regional heritage fairs bring families and communities together on a unique level. They bridge generations, foster understanding, open lines of communication, and in this way they are an important key to an inclusive society."
Many school-based fair activities were held throughout New Brunswick during Heritage Week in February.
Students from 137 participating schools will come together at these Regional Heritage Fair sites to present hands-on, multimedia presentations about Canadian people, legends, milestones and achievements:
Organized at the provincial and district levels by elementary, middle and high schools, regional heritage fairs provide an innovative learning opportunity for social studies students who want to explore their provincial and national history. Students are recognized by New Brunswick's heritage community for their contributions to learning about the province's past. Fifteen students are also selected to attend the Provincial Heritage Fair in Fredericton, May 23-24, during which six students will be chosen to attend the National Histor!ca Fair in Ottawa, from July 7-13.
New Brunswick's Heritage Fair Program is part of a national education project developed to increase awareness and interest in Canadian history. The program is an initiative of the Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport.
Support is also provided by Histor!ca; Canada's Historic Places Initiative; the departments of Education and Intergovernmental Affairs; the New Brunswick Museum; the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women; the Council of Archives of New Brunswick; the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of New Brunswick; the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame; the HBC Company; the RBC Foundation; CN; and the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Foundation.
For more information on heritage fairs in New Brunswick, visit the Heritage Fair 2009 website.
MEDIA CONTACT: Danielle Phillips, communications, Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445.