"Tales of pioneer hardship and deprivation have been told many times. Yet still we remember in wonder, that people accomplished so much with so little; that men and women with simple tools, their bare hands, and their own inventiveness cleared the land, drained the swamps, made their own clothing and provided their own food. Through all these difficulties God was with them and they wanted their children educated intellectually and spritually." from Norfolk Street United Church history

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Canadian Government Supports 100th Anniversary of Norquay, Saskatchewan

photo credit: Saskatchewan Council for Archives and Archivists

NORQUAY, Saskatchewan, December 20, 2011 /Canada NewsWire/ - Citizens of the town of Norquay will be able to celebrate their community's 100th anniversary, thanks in part to an investment from the Government of Canada. This was announced today by Garry Breitkreuz, Member of Parliament (Yorkton-Melville), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

The three-day event is being organized by the Norquay Recreational Board Centennial Committee and will take place from July 27 to 29, 2012. It will include performances by local musicians, singers, and Ukrainian and Aboriginal dancers; an art show featuring local painters, sculptors, and craftspeople; and a display chronicled by an on-site historian. A sculpture and mural created by local artists will also be unveiled during the event. Before the celebration gets underway, heritage signage will be installed on the store fronts of Main Street.

"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to celebrate important milestones like the centennial of Norquay," said Minister Moore. "By supporting these anniversaries, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our communities and support our arts, culture, and heritage."

"Norquay's Centennial Celebration will be filled with exciting activities to commemorate this significant event in our history," said Mr. Breitkreuz. "Congratulations to all of those who have worked so hard to make this event a reality."

"We hope everyone who has been a part of our last hundred years will come to help us celebrate this momentous occasion," said Tricia Challoner, President of the Norquay Recreational Board Centennial Committee. "We are excited to be able to showcase our local artists, performers, and artisans as we honour our past and look forward to our future. The funding from the Government of Canada, along with the support of the community and many volunteers, will ensure that our centennial is marked by a great event-filled weekend and will help us leave a lasting legacy with murals and sculptures."

The town of Norquay is a small community located in east-central Saskatchewan, between the northern edges of Saskatchewan's Parkland region and the northern wilderness area.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $36,080 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

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