Launch of Dictée P.G.L. for Canada 150

MONTREAL, Sept. 28, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - Today marked the launch of the Dictée P.G.L. for Canada 150—Les escales de l'histoire : Dicte, dicton, dictée ! As one of the government of Canada's countrywide Signature projects to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, this major project from the Fondation Paul Gérin-Lajoie, which will be presented from January to May 2017, is made possible by the invaluable collaboration of VIA Rail and the Ligue Nationale d'Improvisation (LNI).

"As part of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the Fondation Paul Gérin-Lajoie will challenge young Canadians to juggle with words. The winners will be invited to take part in improv matches offered by the Ligue Nationale d'Improvisation. Let's make the most of 2017 to celebrate our cultural diversity and highlight the outstanding contributions of the Canadian Francophonie. Together, let's write the next chapter in our story—one that won't get summed up in just one word!"
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

The Dictée P.G.L. 150 is a series of activities for Canadian high school students that is intended to be an inclusive, festive and participatory experience. Participants will first have an opportunity to put their French-language skills to the test as they learn about their history through writing and dictation contests in different regions of the country. The festivities will continue with the Ligue nationale d'improvisation (LNI), which will present improv workshops for young people, in addition to putting on a show at five VIA Rail stations (or nearby) across Canada (Halifax, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal) in spring 2017. It will wrap up with a huge show in Ottawa honouring the big winners in the contest.

High schools across the country are invited to sign up for the Dictée P.G.L. 150, until December 15, 2016, by completing the online form at:


The Dictée P.G.L. is a major educational initiative that takes place in schools in Quebec and across Canada. For the past 25 years, more than six million students both at home and abroad have taken part in the dictation. The Fondation Paul Gérin-Lajoie is a non-profit organization that, for the past 40 years, has had a mission to contribute to basic education, literacy and vocational training for youth in developing countries. In Canada, the Foundation presents activities to raise awareness of international cooperation and solidarity.


SOURCE Fondation Paul Gérin-Lajoie

For further information: Caroline Cantin, Project Manager, La Dictée P.G.L., 514-288-3888, ext. 240 /


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