Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

April 25, 2009 12:00 ET

Government of Canada Congratulates Participants in the 2009 Dictee des Ameriques

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - April 25, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Andree Champagne, Senator (Grandville, Quebec), today took part in the announcement of the winners of the 2009 Dictee des Ameriques.

"The Dictee des Ameriques offers Canadians an excellent opportunity to show their mastery of the French language by measuring their spelling and writing skills against those of people from across the globe," said Minister Moore. "It also provides an opportunity to meet with other French-language enthusiasts from all over the world, right here in Canada."

"Our Government is proud to promote the participation of Francophones and Francophiles from coast to coast in the Dictee des Ameriques," said Senator Champagne.

The Dictee des Ameriques is an international French-language spelling competition that has brought together around 850 000 participants from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas since it was first held in 1994.

The Government of Canada has provided $15,000 in funding under the Enhancement of Official Languages Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. As with the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality 2008-2013: Acting for the Future, announced on June 19, 2008, support for this event reiterates the Government of Canada's commitment to linguistic duality and the vitality of official-language minority communities. The Roadmap is an unprecedented government-wide commitment of $1.1 billion over five years.

(This news release is also available online at www.canadianheritage.gc.ca under Media Room.)

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