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Canadian Heritage

March 23, 2005 16:27 ET

Government of Canada Supports Actions Interculturelles de Developpement et d'Education



MARCH 23, 2005 - 16:27 ET

Government of Canada Supports Actions Interculturelles
de Developpement et d'Education

SHERBROOKE, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - March 23, 2005) - Minister of the
Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and
Member of Parliament (Brossard - La Prairie) Jacques Saada, on behalf of
Minister of State (Multiculturalism) Raymond Chan, today announced
$37,800 in funding for Actions interculturelles de developpement et
d'education (AIDE). The funds will enable this organization to implement
a project seeking to promote dialogue between the various cultural
communities of the Eastern Townships.

"The Eastern Townships have an increasingly diverse population. More
than 10,000 of the residents were born abroad, and nearly 10 religions
now have a presence there," said Minister Saada. "All who live in this
region must be able to take full part in its development."

"Canada's ethno-cultural and ethno-racial diversity is a defining
characteristic of our society," said Minister of State Chan. "By working
to improve attitudes of young and old toward our diverse communities, we
are building a more equitable society in which everyone can participate."

The project receiving support from the Government of Canada will run
until May 2005. It consists of training and awareness activities
designed to fight racial discrimination in the Eastern Townships. AIDE
is a non-profit organization that encourages intercultural exchange
between members of different cultural communities.

Financial assistance is provided by the Department of Canadian Heritage
through its Multiculturalism Program. Canada's Multiculturalism Policy
promotes full participation in Canadian society for people of all
origins, as well as interaction between individuals and communities of
different backgrounds. It also encourages federal institutions to
respect and promote Canada's multicultural character.

Funding announced today was provided for in the February 2005 federal


Contact Information

    Office of the Minister of State (Multiculturalism)
    J. S. Marineau and Roy Bornmann
    (819) 997-9900
    Office of the Honourable Jacques Saada
    Daniel Dezainde
    Press Secretary
    (514) 496-1282
    Canadian Heritage, Quebec Region
    Veronick Raymond
    Director of Public Affairs
    (514) 283-7698
    This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.