Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie

Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie

June 16, 2010 06:01 ET

Media Advisory: 15th Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, June 22 and 23, 2010

YELLOWKNIFE, NORTHWEST TERRITORIES--(Marketwire - June 16, 2010) - Federal, provincial, and territorial government ministers responsible for the Canadian Francophonie will participate in the 15th Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie, which will take place on June 22 and 23 at the Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife.

Conference of Ministers Responsible for the Canadian Francophonie

The Honourable Jackson Lafferty, Northwest Territories Minister of Education, Culture and Employment, will co-chair the meeting with Shelly Glover, Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages and Member of Parliament (Saint Boniface), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

During the two-day meeting, Ministers will discuss such matters as the state of economic development of the Canadian Francophonie, achievements regarding the use of French at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Francophone immigration, and progress on implementing French training projects in the field of justice.

Invitation to the media to attend conference by Serge Bouchard

Media representatives are invited to join the ministers at a lecture by Serge Bouchard before the Conference starts its work, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon on June 22, 2010, at the Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife.

Mr. Bouchard will speak on the theme "The Francophonie and Aboriginal languages in Canada: from past to future." His talk will be followed by a discussion with the ministers. For the opening of the Conference, storyteller René Fumoleau will present one of his tales.

An anthropologist and specialist on Aboriginal issues, Mr. Bouchard is also well known as a communicator. A radio personality, he hosts Les chemins de travers and De remarquables oubliés on Radio-Canada's Première Chaîne. He also contributes to many documentaries and television programs.

Two five-minute photo sessions will be provided to the media:

  1. June 22 at 3:30 p.m. at the opening of the ministers' meetings at the Explorer Hotel; and
  2. June 23 at 8:30 a.m. during the ministers' official photo session at the Explorer Hotel.

Press conference

After the close of the Conference, the co-chairs, accompanied by the ministers of other provinces and territories, will hold a press conference followed by a question period.

PRESS CONFERENCE

Date: Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Time: 3:15 p.m.

Place: Explorer Hotel

The Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie, created in 1994, is the only intergovernmental forum that is made up of federal, provincial, and territorial ministers who are responsible for the Canadian Francophonie. The Conference works for an open, dynamic, and diverse Francophonie that contributes to and participates fully in the growth of Canadian society.

Contact Information

  • Government of the Northwest Territories
    Ashley Green
    867-920-3059
    ashley_green@gov.nt.ca
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations
    819-994-9101/1-866-569-6155
    media@pch.gc.ca
    or
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Matthew Deacon, Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    matthew.deacon@pch.gc.ca