Nova Scotia’s diverse creative communities will soon benefit from a partnership that will increase access to funding while helping develop the province’s creative economy. Leonard Preyra, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage, with Barbara Burley, Canada Council for the Arts board member, and Candace Stevenson, Arts Nova Scotia Chair, signed a memorandum of understanding for a three-year partnership. “The arts play a crucial role in Nova Scotia’s cultural vibrancy and economic sustainability,” said Mr. Preyra. “This new partnership will help artists and arts communities that typically face barriers to accessing funding support and artistic growth.” The partnership was announced at an evening reception Thursday, Sept. 20. The partnership between the Canada Council for the Arts and the province boosts support, representation and profile for minority arts communities and helps them access existing funding. “This partnership is a concrete example of the Canada Council’s commitment to improving access for artists from diverse communities,” said Canada Council director and CEO Robert Sirman. “It is an opportunity for us to further recognize the artistic contribution of these artists and arts organizations to the cultural lives of Nova Scotians.” The fund is $450,000 over three years, with the province and the Canada Council each contributing $75,000 annually. Arts Nova Scotia will design and deliver the fund. It will be managed through existing grant programs and by a provincial staff member with specialized knowledge on equity and diversity. “This is a significant moment for the artists and arts communities of Nova Scotia,” said Ms. Stevenson. “Arts Nova Scotia is pleased to develop this program that will provide support to artists and organizations.” Applicants will be evaluated by a peer committee. The Canada Council for the Arts is Canada’s national arts funder. Its grants and payments to artists and arts organizations benefit Canadians by ensuring a vibrant arts sector in Canada. It promotes and advances equity and diversity.
One of the defining characteristics of the Security Council resolution that created UNTAET in 1999 was that it mandated the mission with inherently open-ended tasks related to building the very fabric of a nation, the Secretary-General said in a message to the Tokyo meeting, which was sponsored by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).”I have no doubt that you will find that UNTAET, as with any such complex organization, was stronger in some areas than others,” he said in his message, which was delivered on his behalf by UNITAR Executive Director Marcel Boisard.Over the following two and a half years, the Transitional Administration managed to restore stability and establish the basic administrative and political structures for an independent East Timor, the Secretary-General recalled.”The Transitional Administrator [Sergio Vieira de Mello] and UNTAET staff deserve great credit for the mission’s accomplishments, and it is on these foundations that the people and leaders of East Timor are now continuing the work of building their country,” he said.The Secretary-General noted that the international community’s work is continuing in East Timor, through the UN Mission of Support (UNMISET), which is assisting the country in consolidating and expanding the gains made so far.”Ultimately, the courage and determination of the East Timorese people, and their commitment to build their nation in a spirit of justice, reconciliation and democracy, will be the key to ensuring that the foundations of nationhood laid during the transitional period are preserved,” he said.