Wellness, Culture and Sport

Heritage Week 2010 to take place from Feb. 8-15 (09/10/30)

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Oct. 30, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Heritage groups, museums, communities, schools, access centres and libraries in New Brunswick will celebrate the province's diverse heritage by hosting special activities during Heritage Week 2010, Feb. 8-15.

"In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the global village concept, the theme of Heritage Week 2010 is "Global Village - village planétaire," Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Hédard Albert announced today. "The theme will give New Brunswickers an opportunity to reflect on their shared experience of thousands of years of history, and to place that experience within a larger global context."

The Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport has promoted Heritage Week every year since 1994. As part of a provincial heritage education and promotion initiative, the department sets aside seven days each year to foster partnerships and raise awareness of heritage in other branches of government, as well as in private and public sector agencies. The seven days are chosen so that they include National Flag Day (Feb. 15) and National Heritage Day.

Organizing partners for Heritage Week 2010 include the New Brunswick Provincial Capital Commission, Canadian Heritage, the Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages for New Brunswick, New Brunswick Public Library Services, Council of Archives New Brunswick, Parks Canada, New Brunswick Labour History Project, New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, and the New Brunswick Museum.

Canadian Marshall McLuhan was the first person to popularize the concept of a global village as social network. In 1960, his insights were considered revolutionary, but have since fundamentally changed how we think about ourselves and our province.

Heritage Week 2010 planning kits will be available in December. Individuals wishing to order one may contact the Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, Heritage Branch by telephone at 506-453-2324, or by e-mail : heritage.week@gnb.ca.

More information about Heritage Week 2010 is available online.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Elizabeth Joubert, communications, Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445.

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