KINGSTON—January 11, 2013—The Historica-Dominion Institute is pleased to celebrate the 198th birthday of Sir John A Macdonald today with the announcement that Canada’s first prime minister will be the subject of two new Heritage Minutes. The Department of Canadian Heritage announced funding for two new Heritage Minutes on stories of Sir John A Macdonald and George-Etienne Cartier in advance of the bicentennials of their birth - 2015 and 2014 respectively.
As part of the Institute’s Sir John A education campaign, the Minutes will seek to boost the distressing statistic that only half of Canadians could name Canada’s first prime minister. The spots will explore the making of Canada through the eyes of two of its pivotal nation builders.
“Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir George-Étienne Cartier are two of the greatest Fathers of Confederation,” said Historica-Dominion Institute President Anthony Wilson-Smith. “We’re proud and grateful that we’ll be able to use our Heritage Minutes format to tell stories about their roles in the making of Canada.”
These Minutes follow the launch of the first two new Minutes in more than 7 years in fall 2012. With the re-launch of the Minutes, The Institute commissioned a public opinion poll about the classic series. It found that a resounding majority of Canadians want to see more Heritage Minutes produced, with Sir John A ranking as the fourth most favoured topic for new Minutes (78%). It was also found that a majority of Canadians want to see future Minutes created by emerging filmmakers (58%) and film students (53%). The Institute will be launching a call for submissions from filmmakers this spring. New Minutes are slated for release in January 2014.
Click here to view full poll results.
The Government of Canada will provide $360,000 to The Historica-Dominion through the Commemorate Canada Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage, which supports initiatives of national significance that commemorate important aspects of Canada’s history.
The Historica-Dominion Institute is the largest independent organization dedicated to history and citizenship in Canada. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada.
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