Wellness, Culture and Sport

Capital Commission new regional heritage fair award (10/ 02/16)

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Feb. 16, 2010

FREDERICTON (CNB) - A new award for student projects on a provincial capital theme will be available at regional heritage fairs throughout the province this spring. The announcement was made today by the New Brunswick Provincial Capital Commission.

"Part of the commission's mandate is to engage New Brunswick students in learning more about their heritage," said Walter Brown, chair of the commission's board of directors. "Last year, we hosted the students and families during the provincial fair in the capital, so we are very proud to take the next step by funding the capital award this year."

Every year, thousands of students throughout New Brunswick participate in heritage fairs. This year, more than 130 schools plan to organize heritage fairs, at which, students will be selected to represent their schools at the district regional heritage fairs in early May. It is at these 15 regional fairs that the new awards will be available.

"The department is pleased to support heritage education in our province through heritage fairs," said Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Hédard Albert. "It is essential that we work with provincial partners to increase heritage awareness among our young people. Heritage fairs offer students a fun and innovative way to explore their past."

New Brunswick's Heritage Fair Program is part of a national education project developed to increase awareness and interest in Canadian history. In New Brunswick, the program is an initiative of the Heritage Branch in the Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport. Support is also provided from the Department of Education, Canada's Historic Places Initiative, the New Brunswick Museum, New Brunswick's Department of Intergovernmental Affairs, the New Brunswick Advisory Council on the Status of Women, the Council of Archives New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, the New Brunswick Labour History Project and the New Brunswick Provincial Capital Commission.

The New Brunswick Provincial Capital Commission celebrates pride in the province, connects New Brunswickers to the capital and the capital to New Brunswick. More information is available online.

More information about heritage fairs in New Brunswick is also available online.


MEDIA CONTACTS: Elizabeth Joubert, communications, Department of Wellness, Culture and Sport, 506-457-6445; Lee Ellen Pottie, executive director, New Brunswick Provincial Capital Commission, 506-444-2026.