Supporting culture is good for communities and our economy

Thunder Bay Superior North MP Patty Hajdu is seeing re-election
Thunder Bay Superior North MP Patty Hajdu

In Northwestern Ontario, summertime is definitely festival time

THUNDER BAY – Each one is a chance to get outside, join our community, share a bit of culture and celebrate the arts. From the Castlegreen Co-operative Canada Day celebrations to the Live from the Rock Folk Festival, around Manitouwadge’s Manitou Road to Nakina’s Railway Avenue, we Northerners know how to throw a party and celebrate our roots. These festivals are important as they bring people together and highlight our unique region, our history and our contributions.

Our government believes in the incredible value of culture to maintain and strengthen communities. It’s why we’ve funded more than $4.2 million towards cultural events and activities in Thunder Bay-Superior North since 2016. This funding has enabled increased children’s entertainment in Geraldton, film festivals in Thunder Bay, helped keep the Ojibwe language alive for Bingwi Neyaashi Anishnaabek and strengthened our regional newspapers.

Over the years, my children and I have attended many different festivals and events, providing them many opportunities to have fun and learn new things about their part of this amazing country. My family and I continue to visit as many festivals as we can every summer, fully enjoying the sights, smells and sounds that are often unique to Northern Ontario.

While summer is winding down, there are still many opportunities to get out there and experience the culture of Thunder Bay-Superior North. I hope you have an opportunity to celebrate at least one more time this season!

Patty Hajdu

Member of Parliament for Thunder Bay-Superior North