Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

October 24, 2009 18:00 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of the Presentation of the 8th Prix des Cinq Continents de la Francophonie

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 24, 2009) - As witnesses to our past, our present, and our future, books are an integral part of our cultural heritage.

Our Government has put in place a number of programs with the goal of making the Canadian publishing industry even more dynamic. For example, the new Canada Book Fund (currently known as the Book Publishing Industry Development Program) aims to increase access to works by Canadian authors, while the National Translation Program for Book Publishing seeks to increase the availability of Canadian books in our two official languages.

Since its creation in 2001, the Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie has rewarded an author whose work demonstrates a distinctive cultural experience that contributes to the enrichment of the French language. This award helps highlight the wealth of cultures that comprise the international Francophonie.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate Kossi Efoui, winner of the 2009 Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie. I would also like to take this opportunity to commend Jean Barbe and Catherine Mavrikakis, who proudly represented Canada as finalists for this prestigious award.

Contact Information

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