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Canadian Heritage

September 10, 2009 13:03 ET

Government of Canada Participates in the Annual General Meeting of the Federation des Communautes Francophones et Acadienne du Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Shelly Glover, Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages and Member of Parliament (Saint Boniface), today took part in the Leaders Forum Meeting organized as part of the annual general meeting of the Federation des communautes francophones et acadienne du Canada (FCFA). During the event, the FCFA released the third edition of its Francophone and Acadian Community Profiles.

"Our Government is taking concrete action to promote and protect our official languages, and it recognizes the important role that the FCFA plays for the people of Canada," said Minister Moore. "We are proud to support the production of profiles released today by the FCFA, as it will contribute significantly to the development of Canada's Francophone and Acadian communities."

"I congratulate the FCFA on the work it is doing with Canada's Francophone and Acadian communities," said Mrs. Glover. "The profiles released today will enable us to have a clear picture of these communities and will help us develop tools better targeted to ensure the sustainability of minority French-speaking communities."

The Government of Canada has provided $97,000 to the FCFA for the production and distribution of the third edition of its Francophone and Acadian Community Profiles under the Community Life (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/lo-ol/pgm/dclo-vc-eng.cfm) component of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/lo-ol/pgm/dclo-eng.cfm). This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage aims to foster the development of Canada's minority Anglophone and Francophone communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.

Like the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality 2008-2013: Acting for the Future (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/slo-ols/strat-eng.cfm), support for this project reaffirms the Government of Canada's commitment to linguistic duality and the vitality of minority official-language communities. The Roadmap is an unprecedented government-wide investment of $1.1 billon over five years.

The event took place as part of the celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the entry into force of Canada's first Official Languages Act.

(This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca