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September 14, 2009 17:26 ET

Government of Canada Supports Arts and Culture in Minority Official-Language Communities

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 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), during a visit to Zones Theatrales, announced funding for arts and culture in minority official-language communities.

"I am very pleased to make these important announcements in the field of arts and culture as part of the celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the implementation of the Official Languages Act," said Mrs. Glover. "Our Government is thus affirming its leadership in the promotion of our two official languages and the development of communities."

The Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages began by announcing a first round of projects awarded funding under the Cultural Development Fund. In all, 37 such projects submitted from across Canada, in both French and English minority communities, will benefit from government support totalling $2,185,990.

Next, on behalf of the Government of Canada, Mrs. Glover signed the renewal of the Agreement for the Development of Francophone Arts and Culture in Canada, together with representatives of the National Arts Centre, the Canada Council for the Arts, CBC/Radio-Canada, Telefilm Canada, the National Film Board of Canada, and the Federation culturelle canadienne-francaise, an organization representing arts and cultural groups in Francophone and Acadian communities.

Finally, Mrs. Glover announced $150,000 in funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage for the 2009 edition of Zones Theatrales. This event is produced by the National Arts Centre, in collaboration with the Canada Council for the Arts.

Government support for this project is provided under the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (formerly the Arts Presentation Canada Program) (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/pac-apc/index-eng.cfm) and the Development of Official-Language Communities Program (http://www.canadianheritage.gc.ca/pgm/lo-ol/pgm/dclo-eng.cfm).

The renewal of the Agreement for the Development of Francophone Arts and Culture in Canada is intended to establish a framework for cooperation between the parties in order to foster development of Canada's Francophone and Acadian minorities and promote their contribution to Canada's cultural and artistic richness.

The Cultural Development Fund (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/lo-ol/pgm/cult-eng.cfm), originally announced at the time of the release of the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality 2008-2013: Acting for the Future (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/slo-ols/strat-eng.cfm), is part of the Community Life component of the Department of Canadian Heritage's Development of Official-Language Communities Program (http://www.canadianheritage.gc.ca/pgm/lo-ol/pgm/dclo-eng.cfm). This program is aimed at fostering the development of Canada's Anglophone and Francophone minorities and enabling them to fully participate in all aspects of Canadian life.

The announcements were made as part of the celebrations marking the 40th anniversary of the adoption and implementation of the Official Languages Act.

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


BACKGROUNDER

Canada Arts Presentation Fund

This program gives Canadians direct access to a variety of quality artistic experiences through financial assistance to arts presenters or the organizations that support them. The outcome will be that Canadians have more access to artists' works from all regions of Canada, reflecting its rich cultural diversity. Canadian communities of all backgrounds will have the opportunity to participate in and benefit from the broadest possible range of artistic experiences.

Agreement for the Development of Francophone Arts and Culture in Canada

A first Agreement for the Development of Francophone Arts and Culture in Canada, also known as the Multipartite Cooperation Agreement on Culture, was signed in June 1998. It was for an initial period of three years, was renewed up to 2007, and was then extended to March 31, 2008.

A key instrument of cooperation, the Agreement and its coordination mechanisms-especially the working groups set up for each artistic discipline-have encouraged the presentation and promotion of cultural products and artistic events of Canada's Francophonie for more than 10 years. The Agreement thus contributes to the growth and visibility of Francophone minority communities.

Cultural Development Fund

The Fund has the following objectives:

- Support and strengthen the cultural and artistic activities and cultural expression of minority official-language communities to enhance their vitality.

- Promote the contribution of arts, culture, and heritage to the sustainable development of minority official-language communities and Canadian society.

- Develop and promote the arts, culture, and heritage of minority official-language communities in Canadian society.

- Foster identity-building and a sense of belonging within Canada's minority official-language communities.

- Give Canadians access to the richness of the minority official-language communities' culture, arts, and heritage.

The list of projects awarded funding in this first round, by province, is available at the following address: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/heritage_ENG_0914.pdf

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