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Community Foundation celebrates Canada’s sesquicentennial through Canada 150 Grants

January 19, 2017

Canada 150th celebrations began today as the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta awarded $41,000 in Canada 150 Grants to six community organizations from across the region. The focus of these grants is to encourage participation in Canada 150 activities and events, to inspire a deeper understanding of the people, places, and events that shape our country, and to build vibrant and healthy communities for all.

The event included a traditional Blackfoot elder’s prayer, greetings on behalf of Member of Parliament for Lethbridge, Rachael Harder, and some fun facts about local history.

“The 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation is an important moment in our country’s history, and its future,” said Charleen Davidson, Community Foundation Executive Director. “It’s an opportunity to build new connections and celebrate together, as one nation. Canada is home to an increasingly diverse population, but if we weave together the thousands of local stories a new narrative of our country emerges. This narrative gives us a greater appreciation for our shared past, allowing us to move forward together and dream big about our community, our country, and our future.”

The six successful organizations receiving funding for their Canada 150 project are:

  • Bert Riggall Environment Foundation (Lundbreck, AB)
    • Creation of a new heritage tourism experience that promotes environmental conservation.
  • Fort Macleod Historical Association
    • Canada Day celebration with special events planned for the 150th milestone.
  • Southern Alberta Ethnic Association
    • A MulticultureFest that will celebrate and highlight Canada’s diversity.
  • Town of Nanton
    • Community-wide event celebrating what it means to be Canadian.
  • University of Lethbridge - Institute for Child and Youth Studies
    • A curated exhibit at CASA featuring the voices and experiences of Blackfoot youth.
  • Vulcan and District Historical Society
    • A digital story showcasing the recipes and traditions of different cultural groups in Vulcan.

The funding for these grants is provided by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a national initiative that is funded equally by the Community Foundation of Lethbridge and Southwestern Alberta and by a partnership between the Community Foundations of Canada and the Government of Canada. The fund will provide communities with thousands of small grants to support local projects, distributed by participating community foundations from coast to coast to coast.

Applications are now being accepted for the second and final round of funding. The application deadline is April 28, 2017. Interested applicants can visit to learn more.

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