Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

June 15, 2009 11:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports the Association des Groupes en Arts Visuels Francophones

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 15, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament (Ottawa-Orleans), today announced funding for the Association des groupes en arts visuels francophones (AGAVF). This support will enable the organization to launch its 2009-2011 programming, which aims to strengthen the visual arts network of Francophone communities and develop better distribution of its members' work.

"Our Government is fostering linguistic duality and contributing to the vitality of official-language minority communities," said Minister Moore. "Thanks to this support, the AGAVF will be in a position to continue its work and more Canadians will be able to benefit from the creations of Francophone artists."

"I am proud to be part of a government that is committed to linguistic duality and understands the important role it plays as part of our heritage and of our future," said Mr. Galipeau. "There is so much we can share and learn from one another, and this investment will allow us to grow together in that spirit."

"The work of Francophone visual artists is still vastly underrepresented on a national scale, and the AGAVF gives a voice to these artists and their community," said Tam-Ca Vo-Van, President of AGAVF. "AGAVF's objective is to strengthen funding of Francophone artists, arts centres, and galleries nationwide and to ensure their recognition within their own communities, as well as the Canadian visual arts scene."

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $150,000 under the Community Life Component of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program. This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage aims to enhance the vitality of Canada's official-language minority communities and enable them to fully participate in all aspects of Canadian life.

As with the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality 2008-2013: Acting for the Future, announced nearly a year ago, support for this project re-emphasizes the Government of Canada's commitment to linguistic duality and the vitality of official-language minority communities. The Roadmap is an unprecedented government-wide investment of $1.1 billion over five years.

Moreover, 2009 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 under Media Room.

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  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications
    Canadian Heritage
    Media Relations