Anthony Rota
Hon. Anthony Rota
Member of Parliament for Nipissing—Timiskaming
Department of Canadian Heritage funds six projects in Nipissing-Timiskaming
December 17, 2021

Close to $140,000 in federal funding will assists six different projects in Nipissing-Timiskaming over the next few months. The funding comes from the Department of Canadian Heritage. 

The Honourable Anthony Rota, Member of Parliament for Nipissing-Timiskaming says, “It is great to see these organizations in Nipissing-Timiskaming getting the assistance they need.”

He adds, “Museums and cultural groups have an important role to play in the economic recovery and vitality of our region. It is important for them to continue to see the support and commitment from the Federal Government so they can continue providing these important events and projects for the people of Nipissing-Timiskaming.”

Through the Museum Assistance Program, $79,373 will go towards the North Bay and Area Museum Society.

Director/Curator Naomi Hehn says, “Funding from the Museums Assistance Reopening fund will ensure the North Bay Museum is able to remain accessible to North Bay residents by assisting with ongoing operating expenses during recovery from the pandemic. This funding will allow the museum to continue developing quality exhibitions and programming while also preserving our heritage collections.”

$10,000 is awarded to the Historic Cobalt Corporation from the same program.

Curator / Manager Felicity Buckell says they are grateful to have received funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage.

She says, “This funding will support the Museum as we continue to care for our collection, comprising one of the world’s largest collections of native silver ore, artefacts pertinent to hard-rock mining in Canada, and myriad other artefacts and photos that tell the social and economic history of Cobalt.  We have been working diligently over the past few years to renovate our space and develop interpretive material highlighting the unique people and events that, in combination with the concentration of mine and mill remnants and scarred topography, and narrow streets, sidewalks and lanes that harken back to the town's early boom years, tell the story of the evolution of the hard rock mining process of the early 20th century in Canada.”

Buckell adds this will also contribute significantly to their successful reopening after having been closed through the pandemic. She says, “; we hope to engage the public both in person and digitally, enabling explorations of the founding, settlement and development of the Town of Cobalt, the Township of Coleman and the surrounding area from the arrival of the railway in 1903 to the present.”

$5,000 from that same program is geared towards the Little Claybelt Homesteaders Museum in New Liskeard.

The Little Claybelt Homesteaders Museum in New Liskeard is grateful for the funding we will receive under the Museums Assistance Program from Canadian Heritage," says Elizabeth Pahkala, Secretary and Treasurer, Little Claybelt Homesteaders Museum. "These funds will allow our museum to continue to provide future generations with access to the history of early pioneers in the Temiskaming Shores area."

Within the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program, $26,300 will go towards Les Compagnons des Francs Loisirs for the organization of the 59th annual Carnaval des Compagnons.

General Manager Arnaud Clade says, “Les Compagnons des Francs Loisirs gratefully welcomes the federal government’s support for the Carnaval. This event makes our francophone artists shine in the community, makes our culture vibrate and allows us, more than anything, to share our joy of living with all members of the community.”

He adds, “This is an important tourism and economic event for the cultural sector in North Bay that would not be possible without this important support from the government.”

North Bay Pride will receive $12,800, also coming from the Building Communities Through the Arts and Heritage Program.

Communications Director Jason Maclennan says, “We thank MP Anthony Rota and the Canadian Heritage for their ongoing support which allows us to celebrate community in the times of COVID. Without such support we would not be able to support artist, heritage holders, community and put some funds into local economic growth.”

The Association Canadienne-Française de l’ontario région-Témiskaming is getting $6,500 to run the Festival des Folies Franco-Fun.

General Manager Tiemoko Ouatra says, “As part of the celebration of the Festival des Folies Francophones, the funds we receive are mainly spent on advertising, for activities in French-language schools such as performances by artists, Saturday night activities with the family, the purchase of promotional items such as masks.”

She adds, “The Festival des Folies Francophones is a festival created to celebrate the Francophonie within our beautiful region of Temiskaming, Ontario. It is a time of gathering for the Francophone and a special occasion to proudly show yourself belonging to the Franco-Ontarian culture. It is also a way of telling the francophone that we are there for them and that we can have fun together in French.”


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