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Minister Moore Officially Declares April 6 as Tartan Day in Canada

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  • Minister Moore Officially Declares April 6 as Tartan Day in Canada

    The exciting news was received today from the Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

    The Federation thanks the Minister, the Honourable James Moore, for his part in this recognition of Scottish Culture by the Government of Canada.

    Our own beloved and respected Jean Watson, past president of the FSCNS, worked tirelessly to make Tartan Day a reality.

    Since 1987, one by one, Canada’s provinces and territories proclaimed Tartan Day in their jurisdictions.

    In 1998, the American Congress officially recognized Tartan Day in the United States.

    Today, October 21, 2010, Tartan Day has been recognized by the Government of Canada.

    The Federation of Scottish Clans is delighted with this news from Minister James Moore.

    Moreover, Hon. Sen. John Wallace (Saint John) must be recognized for his dedication to the Scottish-cultural cause.

    Neither should the efforts of Dan Taylor be overlooked. Mr. Taylor is the Executive Director of the United Council of Scots in Atlantic Canada, a work-group that represents the provincial Scottish organizations of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland & Labrador.

    Yours, aye.

    Tom Wallace, President
    Federation for Scottish Culture in Nova Scotia


    The Honourable James Moore
    Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

    Minister Moore Officially Declares April 6 as Tartan Day
    OTTAWA, October 21, 2010 - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced today that the Government of Canada will now officially recognize April 6 as Tartan Day.

    "A tartan represents a clan, a family, and a community, and is an enduring symbol of Scotland that is cherished by Canadians of Scottish ancestry," said Minister Moore. "Many Canadian provinces and other countries already celebrate Tartan Day. As well, through Tartan Day, Canadians will have an opportunity to learn more about the various cultures that comprise Canadian society."

    Tartan Day originated in the late 1980s in Nova Scotia, where it was declared an official day by the provincial government. It then spread across the country, with many provinces joining in. This marks the first time the Day has been recognized by the federal government.

    "By officially recognizing this Day, we encourage Canadians all across the country to celebrate the contributions that over four million Canadians of Scottish heritage continue to make to the foundation of our country," said Senator John Wallace, who recently introduced a bill in the Senate in support of nationally declaring Tartan Day.

    In Canada, Tartan Day is celebrated on April 6, the anniversary of the Declaration of Arbroath, the Scottish declaration of independence. Tartan Day celebrations typically include parades of pipe bands, Highland dancing and sports, and other Scottish-themed events.