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July 06, 2009 14:19 ET

Government of Canada Supports Societe Acadienne de Clare

CLARE, BAIE SAINTE-MARIE REGION, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - July 6, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Greg Kerr, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament (West Nova), today announced funding for the Societe acadienne de Clare.

Funding will help the Societe present its 2009-2010 programming, which includes a wide range of activities to strengthen Acadians' sense of pride and educate them about their language rights. The Societe also intends to implement a marketing plan and to carry out a feasibility study on a school-community centre.

"By taking concrete steps to promote the participation of all Canadians in our country's linguistic duality, our Government helps accomplish the goals of the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality," said Minister Moore. "I am pleased to support the Societe acadienne de Clare, which makes a great contribution to the cultural vitality of minority official-language communities in Nova Scotia."

"I would like to congratulate the Societe acadienne de Clare on its contribution to the growth and development of the Acadian people in the municipality of Clare," said Mr. Kerr. "I am proud that our Government continues to support this organization as it promotes the growth of our communities."

"The support we receive from the Government of Canada is essential to the success of our cultural events," said Yvette Armstrong, President of the Societe acadienne de Clare. "With support from our partners, we can present various activities that promote linguistic growth and cultural connections in the Clare area and celebrate Canadian diversity."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $75,000 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.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the coming into force 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
    Stephanie Rea - Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    stephanie.rea@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Atlantic Region
    Claudine Daigle
    Director
    Regional Communications
    506-851-3980
    or
    Canadian Heritage
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