The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is a small grants program that supports community initiatives from coast to coast to coast. The Fund is a collaboration between community foundations across Canada, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from across the country. The Fund is based on grassroots leadership and takes on a local focus in each community.

Here in Nova Scotia, we are so thrilled to announce the following recipients of the Canada 150 Fund.

150 Years a Country – 50 Years a Museum is a celebration of the LeNoir Forge Museum in Arichat, NS. The “Forge” a stone building on the waterfront, was built in 1793, and restored in 1967 as a centennial project.

The event will include a display of photo’s of the Forge over the years, info about the process that brought the centennial project to completion (people and groups). The celebration will include a few short speeches and will re-dedicate our commitment to preserve and share the history of Isle Madame with visitors and residents of Isle Madame. Invitations will be extended to local dignitaries, people and or family members who were a part of the centennial project

possible “Hammer In” in association with The Cape Breton Blacksmith Association. The forge will be in operation, cake and refreshments will be served, and an afternoon of music & dance are being planned.


To celebration Canada’s 150th anniversary and World Oceans Day, the Lunenburg Heritage and Marine Stewardship Canada 150 Project will take place Saturday, June 10th from 10am to 4pm on Lunenburg’s UNESCO World Heritage Waterfront. The event will have a range of activities that engage in both cultural and environmental themes, focusing on the issue of marine plastic pollution.  The project partners with several community organizations to provide an exciting day of activities that will take participants throughout the town, exploring traditional boat building, fishing activities, sailing culture, and Lunenburg’s unique and strong connection to the ocean.


Image result for veterans voices canadaKeeping History Alive – A video production by Veterans Voices Canada which captures the perspectives of Canadian war veterans and commemorates their sacrifices with stories, experiences, and legacies that can be shared for generations to come.


Past, Present, Future will showcase the writing and photography of Leave Out ViolencE (LOVE) Nova Scotia Youth from Halifax Regional Municipality, Sipekne’katik First Nation, and Membertou First Nation. The artworks in the Past/Present/Future exhibit explore they ways youth see themselves and their identities over time; how they relate to their environments and communities; and how youth envision their futures.


Pugwash Peace Trail An initiative by the Friends of the Pugwash Estuary. The project is to start to create a 35 kilometre hiking trail that would encircle the Pugwash River Estuary. In addition to the physical benefits of hiking, the “Pugwash Peace Trail” will provide a wide range of experiences in terms of history, geography, habitat, flora and fauna. Interpretive signage along the trail would highlight Mi’kmaq sites, Acadian farms, salt water marshes, eelgrass beds, and the vast variety of flora and fauna that inhabit this Estuary.

Spur Nova Scotia 2.0 will use the 2017 Spur Halifax festival as a basis to engage local community members in an exploration of how they identify as Canadian – to explore the path we’ve travelled and our shared vision for the best future. Through panel discussions, round table conversations, art activations and blog essays, experts, artists, emerging scholars and citizens will engage in a respectful conversation about how we identify as Canadian.




Canada 150 grant recipients