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March 28, 2008 09:30 ET

The Government of Canada Supports 4th Congres Mondial Acadien

SHIPPAGAN, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - March 28, 2008) - In 2009, thousands of Acadians, Francophones, and Francophiles, from across Canada and abroad, will have an opportunity to celebrate Acadian culture at the Congres mondial acadien, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada. The event will take place in northeastern New Brunswick from August 7 to 23, 2009.

On behalf of the Honourable Josee Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Pierre Lemieux, Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages and Member of Parliament (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell) today announced funding for the 4th Congres mondial acadien.

The Government of Canada will provide $3,275,000 to the organizing committee of the 2009 Congres mondial acadien: $1,750,000 from the Department of Canadian Heritage and $1,525,000 from ACOA.

This funding, along with that of a number of other partners, will support the development, planning, promotion, marketing, and hosting of the event. It will include opening and closing ceremonies, a celebration of National Acadian Day, the building of Espace 2009, conferences, and family gatherings.

Of this funding, $225,000 will help produce L'Acadie a Quebec 2008, a major event to be held in Quebec City on August 15, 2008, to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City and to promote the Congres mondial acadien.

"Acadians are among those who have entrenched the French language and culture as part of the soul of our country," said Minister Verner. "The 4th Congres mondial acadien provides the Government of Canada with an occasion to recognize the exceptional contribution of Acadian people to the development of our country."

"The Government of Canada is working with its partners to support the people of the Acadian Peninsula and all of New Brunswick," said Minister MacKay. "The Congres mondial acadien 2009 will enable local residents to benefit from a world-class event, which greatly assists the development of the region's tourism industry and provides oppportunities for economic growth and greater prosperity."

"This major international event will highlight the rich Francophone and Acadian heritage of the Acadian Peninsula," said Mr. Lemieux. "I wish every success for the many activities organized for this occasion!"

"We greatly appreciate receiving this significant contribution from Canadian Heritage and ACOA to organize the Congres mondial acadien 2009, and we are hopeful that other federal departments will invest in this celebration," said Jean-Guy Rioux, Chair of the Congres mondial acadien organizing committee. "Acadians from the Peninsula and around the world are pleased that the Government of Canada is supporting the development and vitality of Francophone and Acadian communities."

The Government of Canada has provided support through the Department of Canadian Heritage's Development of Official-Language Communities Program and ACOA's Innovative Communities Fund (ICF). The former is aimed at developing official-language minority communities to enable them to fully participate in all aspects of Canadian life. The latter invests in strategic projects that create community capacity for sustainable economic growth by building on their strengths.

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
    Opportunities Agency
    Stephanie Bilodeau
    Senior Communications Officer
    Atlantic Canada
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations