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August 11, 2009 15:00 ET

Senator Mockler Takes Part in the Launch of the Global Strategy for the Integration of Arts and Culture Into Acadian Society

CARAQUET, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - Aug. 11, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Percy Mockler, Senator (St. Leonard), today congratulated the Association acadienne des artistes professionnel.le.s du Nouveau-Brunswick (AAAPNB) on the launch of the Global Strategy for the Integration of Arts and Culture into Acadian Society in New Brunswick. The launch took place at Caraquet as part of the Grande Jasette.com component of the 2009 World Acadian Congress.

"I congratulate the AAAPNB and all those who took part in the Estates General on Arts and Culture, which was a major social undertaking," said Senator Mockler. "The Strategy will play a leading role in ensuring the sustainability of Acadian society and will help strengthen the sense of Acadian identity, which is so closely linked with arts and culture."

The Strategy is the outcome of recommendations drawn up at the Grand Rassemblement, which was organized as part of the Estates General on Arts and Culture in Acadian Society in New Brunswick in May 2007.

Senator Mockler also announced funding for two projects dealing with arts and culture and Acadian youth. "Art sur roues - volet video" is a project started by the Association des jeunes francophones du Nouveau-Brunswick that will be implemented in partnership with the AAAPNB. The Young Readers Award is an initiative of the Northrop Frye International Literary Festival.

"Our Government supports the arts as a foundation for personal and social development, and it recognizes the importance of investing in youth," said Senator Mockler. "Young people are carrying the torch of French language and culture in Acadia, and they are the ones who will ensure that Francophone and Acadian culture will flourish for generations to come."

The Government of Canada has provided funding totalling $55,000 ($30,000 for "Art sur roues - volet video" and $25,000 for the Young Readers Award) under the Development of Official-Language Communities Program (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/lo-ol/pgm/dclo-vc-eng.cfm). This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage aims to foster the development of Canada's minority Anglophone and Francophone communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.

Like the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality 2008-2013: Acting for the Future (http://www.pch.gc.ca/pgm/slo-ols/strat-eng.cfm), support for this organization 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 investment of $1.1 billon over five years.

This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the adoption of Canada's first Official Languages Act.

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

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