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Thursday, February 13, 2014
Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson
(centre) joined MLAs Frank Whitehead and Clarence Pettersen to celebrate the
blend of history, tradition and fun to be found at the annual Trappers’ Festival
in The Pas
February 12, 2014
HERITAGE ON DISPLAY AT TRAPPERS FESTIVAL FEB. 12 TO 16
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Manitoba Celebrating History, Long Proud Heritage: Minister
Manitobans are encouraged to come out and celebrate the 67th annual Northern
Manitoba Trappers’ Festival in The Pas, Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and
Consumer Protection Minister Ron Lemieux announced today.
“Northern Manitobans have many unique traditions and we look forward to this
celebration of northern pride,” said Minister Lemieux. “It’s a great chance to
experience the great outdoors and embrace the hospitality of the north.”
The festival runs from today until Sunday and is supported by the province
through the Community Festivals and Events Program, which will help organizers
showcase events that feature many long‑standing trapping traditions. There is
something for everyone, said the minister, including an arts and crafts display,
dog races, arm wrestling and a number of family friendly events such as a
pancake breakfast, scavenger hunt and a street party.
The Community Festivals and Events Program provides support to community
festivals that are signature annual events in their communities. The minister
said the program has been well received since it was introduced in 2003.
Other winter festivals the provincial government supports include the
Canadian Power Toboggan Championships in Beausejour, Blizzard Fest in Carman,
Cormorant Aboriginal Days, the Lundar Winter Carnival, Churchill Aurora
Winterfest, Grand Marais Winter Family Festival and the Lieutenant Governors’
Winter Festival in Brandon.
Applications for 2014 northern and rural Manitoba summer festivals are being
accepted under the Community Festivals and Events Program until April 1. For
further information, contact the Recreation and Regional Services Branch at www.gov.mb.ca/cyo/recreation/contacts.html or