Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 19, 2008 13:45 ET

The Government of Canada Supports Association Franco-Yukonnaise

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - Feb. 19, 2008) - On behalf of the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages, the Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board and Member of Parliament (Provencher), today announced funding for the Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY).

This funding from the Government of Canada totals $351,489. Of this amount, $211,924 will be used by the Association to build organizational development capacity to address the emerging needs of the community. Funding of $119,990 will enable the community of Dawson City to mobilize and hire an economic and community development officer to diversify the range of services offered in French. Finally, funding of $19,575 will assist young Franco-Yukoners in the preparation and training of the Yukon delegation to the 2008 Canadian Francophone Games in Edmonton.

"The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the prosperity of minority Francophone and Anglophone communities and to recognizing the importance of linguistic duality as an economic, social, and cultural asset for all Canadians," said Minister Verner.

"These announcements demonstrate our Government's determination to strengthen the Francophone character of Yukon and to contribute to the vitality and growth of the Franco-Yukoner community," said Minister Toews.

"Here is yet another great example of the support that the Department of Canadian Heritage is committing to the development of the Francophone community" said Jean-Marc Perreault, President of the Association franco-yukonnaise. "This financial support will allow the Association franco-yukonnaise not only to better serve its members, but also to play a leading role in the economic development of Yukon society."

The AFY has been serving the territory's French-speaking community since 1982. It ensures the long-term viability of the Franco-Yukoner community by creating increased opportunities to live, work, play, communicate, study, and access services in Yukon in the French language.

The Government of Canada has provided this support under the Strategic Funds, Community Life component of the Department of Canadian Heritage's Official Languages Support Program. The aim of this program is to foster the growth of Canada's Francophone and Anglophone minorities and to enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.

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

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage,
    Status of Women and Official Languages
    Dominic Gosselin
    Press Secretary
    819-997-7788
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Ginette Montreuil
    Regional Manager
    Communications
    Western Region
    604-666-6504
    or
    Canadian Heritage
    Donald Boulanger
    A/Chief, Media Relations
    819-994-9101