As Minister for the Department of Tourism, Heritage, and Culture, I invite you to celebrate Heritage Week 2015, taking place February 9 to 16.
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the adoption of both the Canadian and New Brunswick flags. To recognize this milestone, the theme for Heritage Week 2015 will be Hope Restored, a concept adopted from New Brunswick’s provincial motto.
On February 15, 1965, the national flag of Canada was proclaimed by Queen Elizabeth II. Less than ten days later, on February. 24, 1965, New Brunswick also unveiled a provincial flag, which incorporated symbols from Coat of Arms previously assigned by Royal Warrant of Queen Victoria in1868.
These two historic moments represent important milestones in a long tradition of openness in New Brunswick.
Ships and shipbuilding are an important part of our heritage. On vessels, much like the one depicted on our provincial flag, came individuals of all ages and nationalities, hoping for a new future on New Brunswick soil.
Much of this same spirit is also conveyed by this year’s poster design, which features the artwork of a New Brunswick student. As the young artist has explained, "The different cultures do not change what you have in your heart."
This year, I encourage you to reflect upon what you hold dear about New Brunswick and Canada. Take this opportunity to celebrate the multitude of stories that make our identity so unique.
Now is the time to begin planning for Heritage Week 2015. For this reason, New Brunswick’s Heritage Week Committee is pleased to provide you with this resource package, commemorating "Hope Restored".
Heritage Week 2015 offers a fitting opportunity to commemorate our shared past.