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Celebrating Heritage in February

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February is Heritage, Black History, and Franco-Ontarian Heritage Month, and we hope that you’re participating in some of the many related activities here in Ottawa!

Please plan to join us for the Ottawa Heritage Day Ceremony and Showcase Tuesday, February 19th from 11:30 am – 2:00 pm, in Jean Pigott Place at City Hall.

Capital Heritage Connexion (formerly Capital Heritage Connexion) is pleased to co-host this annual event together with Mayor Jim Watson, Members of City Council, and the Recreation, Cultural and Facility Services Department. Come and visit and learn about the offerings of many of our Members at their display tables.

We look forward to seeing you there and celebrating this year’s theme: ‘Heritage: the Tie that Binds’.

And certainly, that theme also underscores our nation’s and Ottawa’s Black and Franco-Ontarian histories. Our kudos go to Black History Ottawa on the impressive line-up of activities being presented here this year, including hosting the 2019 National Black Canadians Summit. Also to the Réseau du patrimoine Franco-ontarien for their exciting calendar of cultural events.

February also brings consultations on the City’s 2019 Budget and we hope that you will flag to your Councillor that #CultureCounts in Ottawa and City investment is needed to sustain and grow this important sector.

As recent research has demonstrated and the Mayor referenced in his State of the City Address, Tourism and Culture account for almost 1 in 10 (or 51,000) jobs in Ottawa.

And, Ottawa-Gatineau participation rates in Culture are higher than the national averages.

Within the rich cultural tapestry of our Capital, Culture is a wonderful and important tie that binds us together.

Catherine Lindquist, Executive Director