Government of Canada

Government of Canada

October 13, 2006 14:40 ET

Canada's New Government Supports the Federation des communautes francophones et acadienne

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 13, 2006) - The Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of International Cooperation and Minister for La Francophonie and Official Languages, today announced federal government support for the Federation des communautes francophones et acadienne du Canada. This funding will allow the Federation to hold the Sommet des communautes francophones et acadienne in Ottawa from June 1 to 3, 2007.

"The Federation des communautes francophones et acadienne is dedicated to ensuring the vitality of the French language and culture in Canada and our country's linguistic duality: two essential elements of Canadian society," said Minister Verner. "Our Government is committed to supporting projects like this Summit which contribute directly to the growth and development of French-speaking communities in a minority situation."

The Federation des communautes francophones et acadienne du Canada speaks for Canada's French-speaking communities in minority situation at the national and international levels. The organization brings together provincial and territorial Francophone associations, as well as national bodies working in a variety of sectors. The Summit being organized by the Federation will give members of Francophone and Acadian communities an opportunity to discuss the issues their communities are dealing with in order to develop a common approach to foster continued growth of these communities.

Financial assistance of $660,000 is provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage through its Development of Official-Language Communities Program. This program is aimed at developing minority-language Francophone and Anglophone communities to enable them to fully participate in all aspects of Canadian life.

This news release is available on the Internet at

www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Minister of International Cooperation
    and Minister for La Francophonie and Official Languages
    Pascale St-Pierre, Communications Advisor
    819-953-6238
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101