The Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau, M.P. for Compton-Stanstead and Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, announced today a funding of $25,750 for the Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre for its project From Nikitotegwasis to Lennoxville. She made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.
This funding, provided by the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Fund , will allow the Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre to emphasize and celebrate the historic and current presence of Aboriginal communities in Lennoxville.
Uplands’ mission is to present and to highlight the local cultural traditions and our rich history. The lands on which the borough of Lennoxville and Uplands are located are part of the traditional territory of the Abenakis people. The place was originally called Nikitotegwasis or “little river which forks.”
From May to December 2017, Uplands will showcase a wealth of activities to help visitors discover the richness of Aboriginal heritage, culture and arts. The creation of an Abenaki garden, an archeological activity, a series of discussions and storytelling workshops as well as some exhibitions on Aboriginal art are all part of the varied programming.
Uplands also received $4,000 in funding from the borough of Lennoxville of the City of Sherbrooke to which is added $1,500 from the Townshippers Research & Cultural Foundation for the implementation of this project.
“The Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre is doing an outstanding job of highlighting the rich history of our region. I am pleased that it has the support of Canadian Heritage so we can discover the cultural heritage of aboriginal people, one of the main themes of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations” indicates Marie-Claude Bibeau.
“We are grateful to Canadian Heritage and our other partners for this opportunity to discover and share the history and culture of the Abenakis and other aboriginal communities from Nikitotegwasis to today. Being able to highlight, understand and honour this legacy is a real privilege for us” said Nancy Robert, Director of the Uplands Cultural and Heritage Centre.