Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 29, 2008 10:21 ET

The Government of Canada Announces Funding for Francophone Groups in Nova Scotia

DARTMOUTH, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 29, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Senator Gerald J. Comeau today announced funding for major initiatives involving the Acadian and Francophone community in Nova Scotia and, more specifically, young people.

Funding of $354,000 will be distributed among the following seven groups: the Conseil jeunesse provincial de la Nouvelle-Ecosse, the Federation acadienne de la Nouvelle-Ecosse, the Conseil des arts de Cheticamp, the Societe Promotion Grand-Pre, the Federation des femmes acadiennes de la Nouvelle-Ecosse, the Comite organisateur de la Finale 2008, and the Conseil communautaire du Grand-Havre.

"The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the well-being of English and French minority-language communities and to recognizing the importance of linguistic duality as an economic, social, and cultural asset for all Canadians," said Minister Verner. "Young people will build the Canada of tomorrow, and the projects announced today will provide young Francophones with opportunities to strengthen their cultural identity and to develop leadership skills in their own language."

"These announcements demonstrate the Government of Canada's determination to strengthen the Francophone sector of the province of Nova Scotia and to contribute to the vitality and growth of the Acadian community," said Senator Comeau.

"Support from the Government of Canada and, more specifically, the Department of Canadian Heritage, will enable us to strengthen positive exchange between young people in the Acadian and Francophone community, said Joeleen Larade, General Director of the Conseil jeunesse provincial de la Nouvelle-Ecosse. "In a minority community, our organizations represent a special place for the development of a cultural identity. And, through various events and activities, positive relationships are established between youth from different regions. This is what motivates us to continue our work."

Funding for these projects will come from the $30 million in additional funding, over two years, announced by the Government of Canada in the 2007 Budget to support official-language minority communities and linguistic duality. For a nationwide list of projects benefiting from this funding, please see the attached backgrounder.


The Government of Canada has provided financial support to the following organizations under the Department of Canadian Heritage's Official Languages Support Program. To learn more about this program, please visit our website at

The Conseil jeunesse provincial de la Nouvelle-Ecosse is receiving $100,000: $60,000, in 2007-2008, for an initiative to increase the presence of arts and culture in the school system; and $40,000, in 2008-2009, to organize the 2008 Festival jeunesse de l'Acadie, which will bring 150 young Acadians, aged 12 to 18, together in Cheticamp to strengthen their cultural identity and learn leadership skills.

The Federation acadienne de la Nouvelle-Ecosse is receiving $74,000 in 2007-2008 to make youth, aged 15 to 25, aware of the importance of requesting government services in French.

The Conseil des arts de Cheticamp is receiving $55,000 in 2007-2008: $40,000 to produce and present a series of water puppet shows for children, and $15,000 to organize art camps that reflect the reality of young people enrolled in immersion programs.

The Societe Promotion Grand-Pre is receiving $40,000 dollars in 2008-2009: $20,000 for a study on the feasibility of establishing a leadership institute for young Francophone Canadians at the Grand-Pre site; and $20,000 for a special program of cultural events-specifically for youth-at Grand-Pre, in 2008.

The Federation des femmes acadiennes de la Nouvelle-Ecosse is receiving $20,000 in 2007-2008, and $20,000 in 2008-2009, to establish an inter-generational network for the purposes of better equipping young Acadian women to fully participate in the socio-economic life of the community.

The Comite organisateur de la Finale 2008 is receiving $35,000 to manage the volunteer village at the Closing of the Acadian games. The village will welcome some 200 volunteers, who are coming from the four Atlantic provinces to support the young Acadian athletes at this important event.

The Conseil communautaire du Grand-Havre is receiving $10,000 in 2007-2008 to conduct a feasibility study to determine community space requirements for the new school to be built in Halifax. The study will be carried out with the support of the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial and the Federation des parents acadiens de la Nouvelle-Ecosse.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations