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Federal, provincial and Indigenous leaders join CP to launch special cross-country block party tour

[ August 8, 2017   //   ]

Canadian Pacific launched its CP Canada 150 train tour with a kickoff ceremony at its Calgary headquarters on July 25 with federal and provincial government officials and members of the Tsuut’ina Nation, who blessed the train.

The train headed west to Port Moody, B.C., for the first event on July 28. Over the next three weeks the train will travel across Canada bringing with it a cross-country, Canada 150 block party to 13 cities.

“It is my honor and privilege to represent CP and its employees – past and present – in officially kicking off the CP Canada 150 train,” said Keith Creel, CP President and CEO. “I encourage all Canadians to come out and see the train, enjoy the family show and activities, and celebrate this great railroad and this great country.”

As it rolls across the country, the CP Canada 150 Train will reconnect generations of Canadians through shared stories and celebration, as we honour the country’s past, while acknowledging the leaders of the present, and look toward a bright future.

At each three-hour event, community members will enjoy a variety of activities including performances by 13-time Canadian Country Music Award winner and two-time Juno Award winner, Dean Brody, Aboriginal entertainer and world champion hoop dancer Dallas Arcand and our house band, the Rail Road Ramblers, featuring Kelly Prescott. Eagle and Hawk will bring their unique sound of fusing traditional Indigenous themes with roots rock to events in Edmonton and Winnipeg.

To commemorate the beginning of the journey, members of the Tsuut’ina Nation performed a traditional blessing ceremony, asking for safe journey and protection while acknowledging the traditional lands our communities are on and CP’s long history with Indigenous Peoples.