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September 29, 2009 14:06 ET

Government of Canada Invests in the Federation de la Jeunesse Canadienne-Francaise

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2009) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced funding for the Federation de la jeunesse canadienne-francaise (FJCF) while speaking during the 14th Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie, which took place on September 23 and 24.

"Our Government is taking concrete action to promote and protect our two official languages, and we are proud to support the FJCF in its work with young Francophones living in official-language minority communities," said Minister Moore. "Through its activities, the FJCF is making a significant contribution to the growth and vitality of our Francophone minority communities, while helping young Francophones develop their identity."

"The FJCF is delighted that the Government of Canada recognizes the positive impact of its initiatives on Canada's young Francophones," said Jean-Michel Beaudry, FJCF President. "These initiatives show the active role of young people in developing Canadian society and Francophone communities. We must continue to encourage projects of this type to stimulate and maintain a culture of social involvement."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of more than $3.7 million for five projects under the Department of Canadian Heritage's Development of Official-Language Communities Program, Community Life component and the Enhancement of Official Languages Program, Second-Language Learning component.

Like the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality 2008-2013: Acting for the Future, support for these projects is another example of the Government of Canada's efforts to promote and preserve our two official languages and the vitality of official-language minority communities. The Roadmap is an unprecedented government-wide investment of $1.1 billon over five years.

This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the adoption of Canada's first Official Languages Act.

For more information about the projects and the funding provided to them, see the attached backgrounder.

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

BACKGROUNDER

- Development of Official-Language Communities Program, Community Life component

Jeunesse francophone outillee: $90,000

The funding will make it possible to organize a series of events to be attended by stakeholders working with young Francophones living in official-language minority communities. The events will include work sessions, training workshops and meetings. The objective is to put in place practical projects aligned with three priorities identified by youth during meetings with the FJCF. The priorities are to obtain support, obtain encouragement, and obtain skills.

Special informative publication "by and for" youth about civic participation: $23,000

The funding will make it possible to publish a magazine about civic participation, with young people involved in preparing the content from start to finish. The publication will target French-speaking young people aged 14 to 25 throughout Canada, and contests will be launched to encourage young people to make use of their talents as writers and artists.

Parlement jeunesse pancanadien: $97,000

The funding will enable 90 young Francophone leaders aged 16 to 25 to participate in the Parlement jeunesse pancanadien. This event will take place in Ottawa in January 2010. The goal is to demystify political structures and promote a better understanding of how Parliament works.

Jeunes journalistes en herbe: $45,000

The funding will let 24 young Francophones, aged 14 to 25, from all the provinces and territories, have an enriching experience working as a journalist on Parliament Hill during the Parlement jeunesse pancanadien project.

- Development of Official-Language Communities Program, Community Life component, and Enhancement of Official Languages Program, Second-Language Learning component

Young Canada Works, 2009-12: $3,517,741

The funding will enable the FJCF to deliver two components of the Young Canada Works program: Young Canada Works in Both Official Languages; and Young Canada Works at Building Careers in English and French.

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