Friday, November 28, 2014

Hope Restored Announced as Theme for Heritage Week 2015

FREDERICTON (GNB) – The theme for Heritage Week 2015 will be Hope Restored in recognition of the 50th anniversary of Canada’s national flag, as well as the 50th anniversary of New Brunswick’s provincial flag.

Hope Restored is the English translation of New Brunswick’s motto, Spem Reduxit.

New Brunswickers are encouraged to reflect upon the stories that have shaped the province and its collective heritage during Heritage Week 2015, Feb. 9 – 16.

The provincial flag was designed by Robert Pichette and Lt.-Cmdr. Alan J. Beddoe and adopted by proclamation on Feb. 24, 1965. The symbols depicted on the flag are taken from the Coat of Arms assigned by Royal Warrant of Queen Victoria on May 26, 1868.

“Heritage Week events provide New Brunswickers with opportunities to celebrate our collective past in their communities,” said Tourism, Heritage and Culture Minister Bill Fraser. “This year's theme will help us reflect upon the multitude of New Brunswick stories that make our provincial identity so unique. I invite all interested community organizations, individuals, schools, museums, libraries, archives, and historic sites to think of ways to celebrate our shared past and participate in Heritage Week 2015.”

Last year, more than 110 events were organized by various groups throughout the province, including schools, libraries and museums, cultural groups, senior centres and municipalities.

The aim of the week is to foster awareness and promotion of our collective heritage in communities, schools, private sector organizations and various levels of government. Heritage Week has been organized and promoted since 1994.

Heritage Week 2015 planning kits will be available in December. Those wishing to order a kit may contact the department at 506-453-2324, or by email at

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