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February 27, 2014
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RBC Celebrate 2014 School Program to leave a strong legacy among Island students

Education and Early Childhood Development

Prince Edward Island students will learn about the pivotal role played by the 1864 Charlottetown Conference in the creation of Canada thanks to a partnership between PEI 2014, and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, says Minister of Tourism and Culture, Robert Henderson.

“A new generation of Island students who are inspired and informed about the role of the Charlottetown Conference in the creation of Canada will be a tremendous legacy of the PEI 2014 celebrations,” said Minister Henderson.

Approved by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, the RBC Celebrate 2014 School Program will allow Island teachers to access activities linked to curriculum for use in the classroom, and students to participate in organized visits to historic sites. PEI 2014 has engaged bilingual curriculum specialists with many years experience in the provincial school system to develop the program.

“Learning about our province is an important component of the curriculum in our school system,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Alan McIsaac. “These activities will help students understand life in 1864, the role Prince Edward Island played in the creation of Canada, and how we continue to contribute to our great country.”

By early May, teachers will be able to access a total of 40 ready-to-use classroom activities (three per grade) via the PEI 2014 website – The RBC Celebrate 2014 School Program will include activities for all grade levels (K to 12) and be available in both official languages. These resources will live beyond 2014 when they are transferred to the Department of Early Education and Childhood Development for continued use by teachers. Organized visits to historic sites will be reserved for grades 4 and up and are expected to take place throughout September, October and November of 2014.

The Royal Bank of Canada is a generous supporter of this PEI 2014 educational initiative. “This market has been part of our history for many years – we opened our Charlottetown Main branch in 1873,” said Lisette Michaud Carrier, RBC Regional Vice President, Eastern N.B. and P.E.I. “Our support for PEI 2014 comes from our commitment to contribute to a wide range of arts, education, and environmental causes that are important to communities in which we operate. We are proud to help celebrate the history of the Charlottetown Conference and the deep impact it had on the development of our nation, and look forward to engaging in the festivities during PEI 2014.”

In 2014, Canadians will mark the 150th anniversary (Sesquicentennial) of the historic 1864 Charlottetown Conference, which paved the way to Confederation. PEI 2014 Inc. is facilitating the planning, promotion and implementation of the Sesquicentennial celebrations. The PEI 2014 celebrations are made possible through generous support from the Government of Canada, the Government of Prince Edward Island, and the City of Charlottetown. The year-long and province-wide PEI 2014 program of events will honour the past, celebrate the present and plan a bold tomorrow.

Media Contact: Katie MacDonald
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