Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

June 17, 2015 13:00 ET

Francophone Festival in Prince George Features Fun for the Whole Family

Member of Parliament Dick Harris announces support for Le Cercle des Canadiens Français de Prince George

PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - June 17, 2015) - Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada has provided $25,000 in funding to Le Cercle des Canadiens Français de Prince George (Le Cercle) through the Development of Official-Language Communities Program to support the 31st edition of the FRANCOFUN Winter Festival in 2016.

Dick Harris, Member of Parliament (Cariboo-Prince George), announced this support today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

-Le Cercle will present the FRANCOFUN Winter Festival from January 30 to February 6, 2016.

-Festival activities will take place at several sites throughout Prince George to maximize visibility and attract visitors. Live musical acts, workshops, performances in local schools, a sugar shack and an art exhibition will take place at next year's festival, which is expected to attract 5,000 participants.

-This 2015 FRANCOFUN Winter Festival coincided with 2015 Canada Winter Games hosted by Prince George.

-Le Cercle des Canadiens Français de Prince George, founded in 1960, brings Francophones and Francophiles together to promote the French language, as well as to celebrate French-Canadian culture and heritage.

-The Development of Official-Language Communities Program is designed to foster the vitality of Canada's French- and English-speaking minority communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.

Quotes

"English and French are part of our history and are at the heart of our identity. Organizations like Le Cercle des Canadiens Français de Prince George play an important role in the ongoing development of Francophone communities in our country."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"The FRANCOFUN Winter Festival provides Prince George's residents and visitors an opportunity to celebrate our country's linguistic duality. With activities taking place across the city, as well as in local schools, Le Cercle continues to ensure that Francophones and Francophiles have access to services and events in the language of their choice."

-Dick Harris, Member of Parliament (Cariboo-Prince George)

"This funding from the government in support of the annual FRANCOFUN Winter Festival highlights the efforts of the volunteers of Le Cercle des Canadiens Français de Prince George. Thanks to the support of the Government of Canada, this major celebration in northern British Columbia will let residents and visitors better appreciate French-Canadian culture through a week's worth of activities."

-Paul Vezina, President, Le Cercle des Canadiens Français de Prince George

Associated Links

Le Cercle des Canadiens Français de Prince George

Development of Official-Language Communities Program - Community Life component

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