OTTAWA, Sept. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of
Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today took part in a forum of
leaders of the Canadian Francophonie. At the meeting, representatives
of some 40 organizations, including the Fédération des communautés
francophones et acadienne du Canada (FCFA), shared their ideas with
Minister Moore about how official-language minority communities can
continue to benefit from Government of Canada funding for official
"Canada's two official languages help define who we are as Canadians.
They are the languages of our national dialogue and the ones that allow
new arrivals to this country to participate fully in our society," said
Minister Moore. "Thanks to our official languages, together we are
building a prosperous Canada."
This summer the Government met with close to 400 Canadians in small
groups throughout the country to hear their thoughts about the
challenges and priorities associated with Canada's linguistic duality.
More than 20 separate consultations were held to consult with community
stakeholders, representatives, or leaders hailing from different
communities and working in various fields, such as health, education,
immigration, and the arts.
Canadians can express their views on the future directions to be
recommended by the Government regarding Canada's official languages by
accessing the online consultations at www.pch.gc.ca/olconsultationslo.
The Roadmap for Canada's Linguistic Duality 2008-2013: Acting for the Future is an unprecedented government-wide investment of $1.1 billion over
five years that reaffirms our Government's commitment to our two
official languages and to official-language minority communities.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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