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March 09, 2012
Harper Government Invests in Fort McMurray Children’s Festival
FORT McMURRAY – Fort McMurray’s youngest residents will be treated to a weekend of entertainment this summer, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. This was announced today by Brian Jean, Member of Parliament (Fort McMurray—Athabasca), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Funding will allow the Hub Family Resource Centre to host the June Bug Children’s Festival, a family-oriented summer celebration full of events and activities. Children and their families will be treated to music and dance performances, puppetery prestentations, face painting, balloon art, and street performances. More than 80 local artists will perform and exhibit during this two-day festival.

“Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in organizations that enrich the cultural life of our communities,” said Minister Moore. “By supporting events like the June Bug Children’s Festival, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support our arts, culture, and heritage.”

“Children and families are essential to the livelihood and sustainability of our communities and play an important part in Alberta’s economic future,” said Mr. Jean. “Events such as the June Bug Children’s Festival create jobs and underscore our Government’s commitment to long-term community economic investment.”

“The June Bug Children's festival creates a warm, friendly and welcoming environment in which children can develop through play,” said Chantal Beaver, Executive Director, Hub Family Resource Centre. “This year, we are very pleased to have the support of the Government of Canada in planning Fort McMurray’s one and only summer children’s festival - June Bug!”

The Hub Family Resource Centre is a local, non-profit organization based in Fort McMurray, Alberta. It has coordinated the June Bug Children’s festival since 2010, providing opportunities for children and local artists to interact in a fun and creative atmosphere.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $7,100 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.