LA LOCHE, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwired - April 17, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada is providing $9,500 in support of the Yanessa Days festival. This funding is provided through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program.

Rob Clarke, Member of Parliament (Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River), made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • The 32nd edition of Yanessa Days will take place August 20-23, 2015 in La Loche, Saskatchewan.
  • Funding from the Government of Canada will make possible a variety of activities, including traditional fiddling, drumming, jigging and pow wow dancing.
  • Local artisans and heritage presenters will demonstrate traditional arts such as beading, antler carving, tipi raising and canoe building.
  • An estimated 2,500 people are expected to attend this year's festivities.


"Our Government is committed to showcasing and preserving Canada's rich history for future generations by supporting festivals such as Yanessa Days. I congratulate the festival organizers and the many volunteers who make this cultural event such a success year after year."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"I'm proud our Government recognizes the importance of Yanessa Days and the cultural experience the festival provides residents of La Loche and surrounding communities. I invite everyone to head to Northern Saskatchewan this summer and join in the celebrations."

-Rob Clarke, Member of Parliament (Desnethé-Missinippi-Churchill River)

"On behalf of the Community of La Loche, we would like thank the Government of Canada for investing in Yanessa Days, a valued festival that promotes our Dene cultural identity. Without this much needed support, we would never have grown in size and stature or maintained the longevity of our festival for 31 years. Thanks to all our sponsors, we are getting stronger each year. Merci Cho"

- Leonard Montgrand, Executive Director, La Loche Friendship Centre

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Marisa Monnin
Communications Director
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages

Roxanne Carriere
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Prairies and Northern Region
Canadian Heritage

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