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PENTICTON, British Columbia, April 12, 2007 – On behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women, the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety and Member of Parliament (Okanagan-Coquihalla), announced funding of $25,000 for the Indigenous Arts Service Organization (IASO). This support will enable the organization to present Whistling Bones, a series of multidisciplinary arts festivals in rural and remote communities throughout British Columbia.
“Canada’s New Government is pleased to support projects that celebrate traditional and contemporary indigenous artistic expression,” said Minister Oda. “Since 1995, the Indigenous Arts Service Organization has been providing an important place for creative works from Aboriginal artists and gives audiences increased access to them.”
“Our government is pleased to support this organization’s efforts to produce and promote works created by Aboriginal authors, performers, and artists,” added Minister Day. “This is an ideal way to encourage the cultural vitality of the region and the country.”"We are pleased to accept this funding, which will support and increase awareness regarding traditional and contemporary arts practice that, to date, is not easily supported,” said Tracey Jack, Program Coordinator of the IASO. “These regional events include initiatives to strengthen the presentation activities of Canadian Indigenous artists and presenters. These artistic experiences serve not only to broaden the links between the arts and community life, but also to specialize in reaching the Aboriginal sector and the general surrounding community.”
Established in 1995, the Indigenous Arts Service Organization’s artistic vision to present Aboriginal artists reflects the resurgence of traditional multidisciplinary indigenous art forms. The 2007 Whistling Bones festival will provide creative opportunities for Aboriginal youth and emerging artists in Masset (Haida Gwaii), Chase and Fort Nelson. There will be workshops and presentations in several genres including traditional arts, and visual, performing and media arts.
Canada’s New Government has provided this funding under the Arts Presentation Canada program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program seeks to give Canadians more access to direct experiences of the diversity and richness of Canada’s culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances and other arts experiences.
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Status of Women
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Office of the Member of Parliament for Okanagan-Coquihalla
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