The province of Nova Scotia is investing $400,000 in the creation of a new cultural hub in the Acadian village of Chéticamp.
Michel Samson, Minister of Acadian Affairs and Francophonie, on behalf of Tony Ince, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, announced the funding today, April 8, at Le Conseil des arts de Chéticamp.
“For almost 20 years, the Conseil des Arts has worked tirelessly to allow the French language and Acadian culture to thrive and shine in this part of Cape Breton,” said Mr. Samson. “Our investment in the Chéticamp cultural district project is a recognition of its cultural and educational value, but also of its economic significance.”
The Cultural Quarter, located along the Cabot Trail, will include a range of facilities including an outdoor classroom, an outdoor theatre, a promenade, a multifunctional space and a café.
The project is also supported by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency with a $500,000 investment the Inverness County with a $150,000 investment, and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial.
“Our two official languages are at the heart of who we are and the Government of Canada is proud to support the French language and culture across the country. Le Quartier Culturel de Chéticamp builds on the strengths of this Acadian community to enhance quality of life and generate new economic activity,” said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Science, Innovation and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.
“The conseil is pleased to collaborate on this important project for our Acadian community in Chéticamp,” said Michel Comeau, executive director of the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. “Our students as well as the community in general will benefit from this cultural quarter. We recognize that culture is an essential aspect of everyday life and are proud to be a partner in a project that allows the community to flourish.”
Le Conseil des arts de Chéticamp aims at preserving the rich French language and Acadian heritage in the region of Chéticamp while offering projects and programs to further artistically develop Acadian youth and the community at large.
“The Conseil des arts and the community of Chéticamp are very grateful for this investment which will allow us to continue to offer programming and artistic experiences to our young people and ensure the continuation of Acadian culture and language for years to come,” said Jérémie Poirier, president of the Conseil des arts.
To learn more about Le Conseil des arts de Chéticamp, visit www.conseildesartsdecheticamp.ca.
Investment in community and cultural organizations, and advancing cultural diversity are vital parts of the province’s recently unveiled culture strategy, Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan. The full plan is online at novascotia.ca/culture/.