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Canadian Heritage

July 15, 2009 13:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Promotion of French Language

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - July 15, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Maurice Vellacott, Member of Parliament (Saskatoon-Wanuskewin), today announced funding for Canadian Parents for French - Saskatchewan. This funding will help the organization plan its 2009-2011 activities.

"Our Government is committed to promoting stronger links between Canadians," said Minister Moore. "By supporting opportunities to learn about the French language and culture, we help ensure that the public recognizes the value of linguistic duality both in Saskatchewan and across the country."

"I would like to congratulate Canadian Parents for French - Saskatchewan for its efforts to promote the importance of French as a second language," said Mr. Vellacott. "Linguistic duality is a cherished Canadian characteristic that must be preserved for future generations."

"We are pleased that Canadian Heritage plans to continue financially supporting the very important work done by Canadian Parents for French - Saskatchewan," said Suzanne Rollo, President of CPF-SK. "With this money, we can continue providing French second-language programs to children in all areas of the province, where we currently have 13 active chapters."

Canadian Parents for French - Saskatchewan was established in 1977 and is part of a national network of volunteers that values French as an integral part of Canada. It is a non-profit organization with a provincial scope whose activities target Saskatchewan youth, parents, and members. It also encourages its partners to develop policies and offer services to enhance the quality of French-second-language education opportunities.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $142,000 under the Promotion of Linguistic Duality component of the Enhancement of Official Languages Program. This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage aims to help organizations from various sectors undertake or continue activities that promote a better understanding or appreciation of linguistic duality and build stronger linguistic and cultural links among members of the two official-language communities.

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
    Francine D. Lefebvre, A/Director
    Regional Communications
    Prairies and Northern Region
    204-983-4367 / Cell: 204-229-5283
    francine.lefebvre@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101
    1-866-569-6155