The Honourable Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament (Yukon), today announced $21,375 in funding to the Whitehorse Independent Theatre for its Stories into Songs project and $25,000 in funding to the Yukon Transportation Museum Society for its Packing Our Stories Over New Trails project. He made this announcement on behalf of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
The Government of Canada is providing approximately $35 million in New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) funding for close to 1,850 community-based projects approved through the NHSP 2016–2017 Call for Proposals. Since 2004, the NHSP has funded close to 19,700 projects in hundreds of communities across Canada, with a total Government of Canada investment of approximately $417 million.
The goal of the Whitehorse Independent Theatre project, Stories into Songs, is to have seniors, with the aid of musicians, take what is on their minds and turn it into songs. These newly minted senior centric songs will be performed by senior musicians and presented to the whole community. The concert will be taped and shared with community, hopefully on Community Cable 9 as well as on the internet.
The goal of the Yukon Transportation Museum Society project, Packing Our Stories Over New Trails, is to involve seniors with the organization in the recruitment and training of other seniors to become storytellers, allowing them to share their life experience with their peers and younger generations. The year 2017 marks many significant anniversaries and commemorations for the Yukon Transportation Museum Society’s mandate, resources and programs, This project will examine the motivations and the people behind Yukon transportation, and it will share perspectives and invite participation in thinking about the Alaska Highway’s effects on geography and people. The unfurling of these stories will reveal the devastating and the inspirational; the economic, social and technological; and the day-to-day lives of those who have lived and traveled the corridor.
Investing in Canada’s communities is not only about creating good jobs and encouraging clean economic growth. It is also about building stronger communities. Partnerships with local governments, institutions, and organizations are vital to deliver change and improve the lives of seniors.
“Through the many community-based projects we support each year, the Government of Canada helps seniors across Canada share their knowledge, skills and lived experiences in unique ways. NHSP projects reflect our ongoing commitment to ensure that seniors from coast to coast can be active and prosperous members of their communities.”
– The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development Canada
“The Government of Canada is dedicated to ensuring Canadian seniors can get involved in community activities. These two projects highlight the importance of storytelling and sharing the knowledge gained from a lifetime of experience with peers and younger generations. We support New Horizons for Seniors Program projects like this one so that seniors across Canada can lead and participate in local activities beneficial to many.”
— The Honourable Larry Bagnell, Member of Parliament (Yukon)
“With our first grant, Our Stories Ourselves: Legacy Stories for the Elder Years, we created story circles to reach many levels and layers of the senior community, from zoomers to those in care. It was a tremendous success so we’re so glad to receive support again. Our 2017-2018 project, Stories into Songs, will see senior musicians partner with senior groups to write songs collaboratively on issues of concern to elders. Won’t that be interesting?!”
— Arlin McFarlane, Artistic/Executive Director Whitehorse Independent Theatre (WIT)
“The Yukon Transportation Museum is pleased to be able to offer a summer of story sharing run by, and involving, seniors. Everyone is welcome to partake in these weekly events running May to August. In this year of Canada 150 and Alaska Highway 75 we will be sharing themes ranging from aviation to non-motorized transport to movement with dogs, horses, over water, foot travel and sharing thoughts on current and future Yukon transportation.”
— Janna Swales, Executive Director, Yukon Transportation Museum Society
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Press Secretary Office of the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
Media Relations Office
Employment and Social Development Canada
Susan Moorhead Mooney
Office of the Honourable Larry Bagnell
Whitehorse Independent Theatre
Yukon Transportation Museum