ARCHIVED - Government of Canada invests in the Aanischaaukamikw Cultural Institute in Oujé-Bougoumou

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Oujé-Bougoumou, Quebec, November 9, 2009 − The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding of $3.2 million from the Government of Canada for the Aanischaaukamikw Cultural Institute.

As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Department of Canadian Heritage will invest $1.8 million while Canada Economic Development will invest $900,000 to support the construction of the Institute. Indian and Northern Affairs Canada will contribute $500,000.

Funding from Canadian Heritage has been provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (formerly Cultural Spaces Canada). This program seeks to improve physical conditions for artistic creativity and arts presentation or exhibition. It is also designed to increase access for Canadians to performing, visual, and media arts and to museum collections and heritage displays.

“Canadian Heritage is a firm believer that our culture and heritage represent one of our country’s greatest treasures. This is why we are pleased to support a project that will allow nine James Bay Cree communities to develop the necessary infrastructure to preserve and share their rich heritage,” said Minister Moore. “Thanks to exhibition halls, a resource and documentation centre, and spaces for archiving, storing, and preserving the museological and archaeological assets of the Aanischaaukamikw Cultural Institute, Canadians and visitors from around the world will have the pleasure of discovering the Cree Nations.”

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