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Canadian Heritage

May 22, 2009 13:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports the Association Franco-Yukonnaise

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - May 22, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Daniel Lang, Senator (Whitehorse), today announced funding for the Association franco-yukonnaise to support its 2009-2010 annual programming.

With this support, the Association franco-yukonnaise will have the resources it needs to enhance the vitality of the Francophone community it serves, by funding its own activities as well as by advancing initiatives that unite the community.

"Our Government is taking action to promote and protect our country's linguistic duality, and we are proud to contribute to the development of Yukon's Francophone community," said Minister Moore. "The Association's projects are essential to the vitality of this minority community and to promoting the French language and culture in this part of the country."

"I support our Government's new approach to linguistic duality," said Senator Lang. "I am pleased that our Government is supporting minority rights in Yukon, and I know this funding will be most useful."

"Linguistic duality is a cherished Canadian characteristic, one that is reflected vibrantly in the Franco-Yukoner community," said Regis St-Pierre, Executive Director of the Association franco-yukonnaise. "Without young people offering hope for tomorrow, without dynamic cultural events, without a collective affirmation by the community and its representatives, the French fact in Yukon would be little more than a mirage. Thanks to its solid foundations in the community, the French language and culture in Yukon are alive and well, and growing strong roots for the benefit of future generations."

The Government of Canada has provided this funding of $491,853 under the Cooperation with the Community Sector of the Canadian Heritage's Development of Official-Language Communities Program. As with the Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality 2008-2013: Acting for the Future, announced on June 19, 2008, the Government of Canada's support for the Association franco-yukonnaise reaffirms its commitment to linguistic duality and the vitality of official-language minority communities. The Roadmap is an unprecedented government-wide investment of $1.1 billion over five years.

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

Contact Information

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    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca
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    Canadian Heritage
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    or
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