Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 20, 2008 10:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Francoforce Cross-Canada Tour Organized for Quebec City's 400th Anniversary Celebrations

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 20, 2008) - The cross-country tour of Francoforce will put the spotlight on the French language and culture in Canada and the 400th anniversary of Quebec City thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada.

The Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, today announced funding for the Francoforce Cross-Canada Tour, which will run from May 30 to September 2, 2008.

This announcement was made on the International Day of la Francophonie. This day highlights the importance of promoting the diversity of languages and the wealth of French-language culture in the world.

Funding of $1.1 million will help the Federation culturelle canadienne-francaise (FCCF) coordinate this major tour, in close cooperation with the Federation des communautes francophones et acadienne du Canada (FCFA).

"The Government of Canada is proud to work together with provincial and territorial governments to produce Francoforce, a Canada-wide cultural initiative that highlights the vitality and contributions of the French language and culture in Canada," said Minister Verner. "While we mark the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City, we are also celebrating our attachment to the French language, which is the founding language of our country."

"Beneath the imposing geodesic design of the Francodome, which can accommodate up to 500 people, we will showcase all the vitality and creativity of our French language and culture," said Raymonde Boulay LeBlanc, President of the FCCF. "Francoforce's cross-Canada tour and its three-week stay in Quebec City will be great opportunities to demonstrate that arts and culture in Francophone and Acadian communities are decisive assets in the expression of a new, Canada-wide Francophonie, bursting with talent and diversity. Through its language, its work, and its heritage, this Francophonie goes beyond its borders and brings a message of respect, dialogue, and solidarity to Canada and the rest of the world."

Over a period of more than three months, Francoforce will offer a diverse three-day program to Canadians in 14 communities across the country: St. Boniface, Saskatoon, Vancouver, Whitehorse, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Summerside, Quebec City, Cheticamp, Dieppe, Yellowknife, Iqaluit, and St. John's. The program will feature performers, creators, and technicians, who will present the extraordinary history of the French language and culture in Canada through words, music, images, and movement.

Established in 1977, the FCCF is a nationwide non-profit organization based in Ottawa. Its mission is to promote artistic and cultural expression by Francophone and Acadian communities. The FCFA has a mandate to promote the vitality, rights, and interests of French-speaking communities living in nine provinces and three territories.

The Government of Canada has provided this support under the Community Life component of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. The aim of this program is to foster development of French and English minority communities and to enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.

This news release is available on the Internet at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101