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July 23, 2009 12:05 ET

Government of Canada Promotes Linguistic Duality in New Brunswick

SUSSEX, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - July 23, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Rob Moore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Member of Parliament (Fundy Royal), today announced funding for Canadian Parents for French New Brunswick.

This funding will support the activities of Canadian Parents for French New Brunswick, which aim to increase public awareness of the value of linguistic duality in New Brunswick and Canada. The organization is a national network of volunteers who value French as an integral part of Canadian culture and are dedicated to promoting and creating French second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.

"Our Government believes that investing directly in our Francophone and Anglophone minority communities helps enrich and strengthen our cultural vitality," said Minister Moore. "In this way, we are encouraging New Brunswickers to continue to embrace our country's linguistic duality, while providing them with better access to French learning."

"Our Government is committed to increasing educational opportunities for Canadians, and this funding will help residents of New Brunswick participate in additional enriching learning programs," said Mr. Rob Moore.

"Canadian Parents for French New Brunswick would like to thank the Government of Canada for its funding towards projects such as the Concours d'art oratoire and Circle Square Ranch," said Helene Pelletier, Executive Director of Canadian Parents for French New Brunswick. "These projects give Anglophone students an opportunity to interact in French with their peers, teachers, and officials in a setting outside of the classroom. Both the public speaking and this interaction reinforce the principle that French language is more than a subject in school, but a vehicle to communicate ideas to others."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $141,000 under the Development of Official-Language Communities Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program 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, support for this organization reiterates the Government of Canada's commitment to linguistic duality 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.

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
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