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MINISTER MACKAY ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE GAELIC COLLEGE
ST. ANN’S (NS) – April 30, 2012 – The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, on behalf of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and La Francophonie, announced today a contribution from the Government of Canada for improvements to one of Cape Breton Island’s well-known tourist attractions, the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts.
“Our Government is focused on jobs and growth and through key investments to help communities build on their strengths, we are supporting local and regional economic development and jobs for Atlantic Canadians,” said Minister MacKay. “The Gaelic College has a significant impact on tourism in Cape Breton. That’s why we’re pleased to support the College in its efforts to preserve and promote the language, heritage and culture of Nova Scotia’s Gaels.”
With funding provided by the Government of Canada, the Gaelic College Foundation is undertaking a number of improvements to the Gaelic College site to meet the current and future needs of its visitors and students. These include renovations to the residence, the construction of new classrooms, indoor stage improvements and upgrades to the outdoor performance centre.
The total cost of these enhancements at the Gaelic College is $309,987. The Government of Canada is investing $117,667. These improvements will allow the College to attract additional students, host major national and international events, and continue in its role as a key provider of a quality Celtic tourism experience in Nova Scotia.
“These improvements are part of a long-term commitment by the Board of Directors to enhance facilities and incorporate additional exhibits,” said Rodney MacDonald, CEO. “The Gaelic College has been instrumental in preserving and interpreting an important part of Cape Breton’s history and culture which is of interest to locals and visitors to the Island. We appreciate the significant financial assistance the College has received over the years from ECBC.”
The Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts is devoted to the study, promotion and preservation of the culture, music, language, arts, crafts, customs and traditions of immigrants from the Highlands of Scotland. Founded in 1938, the College has gained an international reputation for quality programming in areas such as highland bagpipe, Cape Breton fiddle, Scottish small pipes, pipe band drumming, Gaelic song, highland dance, piano accompaniment, Cape Breton step dance, Celtic harp, weaving, bodhran (Celtic drumming) and Gaelic immersion. The College attracts 18,000 visitors and students each year.
Rodney MacDonald, CEO
Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts
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