PRINCE GEORGE, BC, Oct. 31, 2013 /CNW/ - Dick Harris, Member of
Parliament (Cariboo-Prince George), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly
Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today
announced funding for the Cercle des Canadiens Français de Prince
George's annual winter festival.
"The Cercle des Canadiens Français de Prince George allows us to
appreciate our rich Francophone history," said Mr. Harris. "Their
efforts ensure that the French language and culture remain an integral
part of life in Northern British Columbia."
Funding will support the 29th FRANCOFUN Winter Festival which will take place in Prince George, from
January 25 to February 1, 2014. Visitors can enjoy a variety of
activities, including snow carving, folk dancing performances and live
music. Artisan expositions and heritage presentations will be featured
"Our Government recognizes the important contribution Francophone
communities make to Canada's cultural, social and economic fabric,"
said Minister Glover. "We are proud to invest in projects that
strengthen the Francophone character of British Columbia and contribute
to its growth and vitality."
"The support from Canadian Heritage for the FRANCOFUN Winter Festival
will allow us to host local, provincial and national artists and
artisans, while increasing the linguistic vitality of our community,"
said Paul Vézina, President of the Cercle des Canadiens Français de
Prince George. "Large numbers of people will have an opportunity to
enjoy our French Canadian traditions, whether as volunteers, as
participants, or as spectators. This will make them more familiar with
the activities, programs and services that are offered in French in
Founded in 1960, the Cercle des Canadiens Français de Prince George is a
non-profit organization that brings together Francophones and
Francophiles in Prince George with the goal of promoting the French
language, celebrating French-Canadian culture and heritage, and
expanding the Francophone community.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $3,800 through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program provides
Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that
present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and
The Government of Canada has also provided $20,000 in funding through
the Cooperation with the Community Sector component of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program. This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage is designed to
foster the vitality of Canada's French- and English-speaking minority
communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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