Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

March 15, 2008 16:00 ET

The Government of Canada Congratulates Participants in 2008 Dictee des Ameriques

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 15, 2008) - Approximately 170 Francophones and Francophiles from more than 60 countries took part in 15th edition of the Dictee des Ameriques, thanks in part to support from the Government of Canada.

On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, Sylvie Boucher, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and for Status of Women, will take part today in the announcement of the winners of the 2008 Dictee des Ameriques.

This year's competition is part of celebrations for the 400th anniversary of Quebec City. The Government of Canada provided $15,000 in funding to assist with the organization of the event.

"The Dictee des Ameriques gives Canadians an excellent opportunity to show their language skills and meet other Francophones and Francophiles who, like them, feel a special attachment to the French language," said Minister Verner. "The 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City, which we are celebrating throughout 2008, reminds us that French is the founding language of Canada."

"The Government of Canada is proud to make it possible for Francophiles and Francophones from official-language minority communities all across the country to participate in the Dictee des Ameriques," said Ms. Boucher. "The government is taking part in Quebec City's 400th anniversary celebrations with the aim of giving this historic event a higher profile nationally and internationally."

The Government of Canada provided this funding under the Enhancement of Official Languages Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program aims to promote a better understanding or appreciation of linguistic duality and to build stronger linguistic and cultural links among members of the two official-language communities.

(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