Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 16, 2010 11:03 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Homecoming-Retrouvailles 2010

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Feb. 16, 2010) - 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 announced funding for the Societe franco-manitobaine's (SFM) Homecoming-Retrouvailles 2010 activities.

This funding will help the SFM offer a variety of artistic and cultural activities and ensure that Manitoba's rich Francophone heritage and Canada's two official languages are showcased during Homecoming-Retrouvailles 2010 events throughout Manitoba.

"Our Government strongly supports increasing the visibility of Francophone culture and highlighting its contribution to Canadian society," said Minister Moore. "This support will further strengthen Francophone communities in Manitoba and share this rich culture throughout the province."

"I am pleased to announce funding in support of French-language activities during Homecoming-Retrouvailles 2010," said Mrs. Glover. "Once again, our Government is demonstrating its commitment to promoting both of Canada's official languages. This funding will ensure a Francophone presence at the celebrations for the province of Manitoba's 140th anniversary."

"With this funding, the community will benefit from several new activities as part of Homecoming-Retrouvailles 2010, while several other activities will be made even better," said Daniel Boucher, President and Executive Director of the Societe franco-manitobaine. "This will allow the Francophone community to participate fully in Manitoba's 140th anniversary celebrations."

The SFM is the spokes-organization for the Francophone community in Manitoba. Since 1968, it has worked to ensure recognition and observance of the rights of Francophones in Manitoba and to foster community development.

Homecoming-Retrouvailles 2010 is a year-long celebration bringing together former and current Manitobans, visitors, friends, and families throughout the province to celebrate Manitoba's 140th anniversary.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $213,725 under the Community Life component of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program. 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. A portion of the funding announced today was allocated through the Program's Cultural Development Fund, which was originally announced as part of the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality 2008-2013: Acting for the Future.

Like the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality 2008-2013: Acting for the Future, announced in June 2008, support for this project reaffirms the Government of Canada's commitment to our two official languages and to ensuring the vitality of official-language minority communities. The Roadmap is an unprecedented government-wide investment of $1.1 billon over five years.

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