The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, P.C., Member of Parliament (Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe), on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced funding today of nearly $50,000 to the Fundy Biosphere Reserve. This funding is provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Fund.
Canada 150: the Amazing Places Challenge
To celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, The Fundy Biosphere Reserve is proposing to launch The Canada’s 150th Amazing Places Challenge. The Challenge is designed to actively engage Canadians to celebrate nature, the environment, sports and active living. Using a social-media marketing strategy, Canadians of all ages, ethnicities, cultures, and languages will be encouraged to walk, hike, bike or paddle to the 50 Amazing Places found within the UNESCO-designated Fundy Biosphere Reserve. Environmentally appropriate and responsible prizes will be awarded for completing increments or for completing the challenge in full. Eight of the Amazing Places are wheelchair-accessible and more than a third are suitable for young children and families.
The Fundy Biosphere Reserve will also create a website companion piece which will properly represent the three distinct languages and cultures of the area and highlight the burgeoning multicultural aspects of Moncton, the largest city in the biosphere. The virtual companion will feature logistical information to participate in the challenge as well as stories and photographs related to Canada’s history in the region. The proposed activities will be held from April to August of 2017 and are expected to actively engage up to 25,000 participants.
To make 2017 a year that all Canadians will remember, the Government of Canada will continue to invest in local, regional and Canada-wide projects.
The 150th anniversary of Confederation gives Canadians the opportunity to celebrate our shared values, our achievements, our majestic environment and our country’s place in the world. It is also an ideal opportunity for Canadians to get involved in their communities.
As we prepare for a year of celebration, the Government of Canada invites all Canadians to take part in activities surrounding the Canada 150 countdown. This is an opportunity for all of us to express what it means to be Canadian and how we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation.
“In 2017, Canada will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate all that it means to be Canadian. The Government of Canada will create opportunities for Canadians to participate in local, regional, and national celebrations. Communities across the country will proudly take part in the festivities throughout the year to mark this significant anniversary in Canada’s history. Join the celebration—it’s happening in your community too!”
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
“This wonderful initiative is a great way to celebrate 150 years of Confederation! The Fundy Biosphere Reserve showcases some of the best that our region has to offer and I would strongly encourage our citizens to take this challenge and to get out there and explore the Fundy Biosphere Reserve in 2017!
—The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Member of Parliament, Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe
“We are delighted to have this opportunity to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and to showcase the 50 Amazing Places of the Fundy Biosphere Reserve! This region is packed with beautiful places, remarkable people, and inspiring stories, and we’ll be challenging residents and visitors alike to explore as much of it as they can in 2017.”
—Megan de Graaf, Executive Director, Fundy Biosphere Reserve
- The Government of Canada’s vision for the 150thanniversary of Confederation includes four major themes: diversity and inclusiveness, the environment, young people and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
- The Canada 150 Fund, established in April 2015, has an overall budget of $210 million.
- Through this fund, the Government of Canada will continue to invest strategically in activities that support the 150thanniversary vision and promote the direct involvement of Canadians.