McGuinty Government Pays Tribute To Ontario's Francophone History And Culture



    Office Of Francophone Affairs Launches Travelling Exhibition
    Ontario's Francophonie: Then And Now

    OTTAWA, April 19 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is paying tribute to
Ontario's francophonie by launching the travelling exhibition Ontario's
Francophonie: Then and Now, Madeleine Meilleur, Minister Responsible for
Francophone Affairs, announced today.
    "This exhibition allows us to look at the past and reflect on the long
journey travelled not only since the enactment of the French Language Services
Act in 1986, but also since the beginning of the great francophone adventure
in Ontario," said Meilleur.
    The travelling exhibition features a series of French and English panels
that represent significant periods of Franco-Ontarian history. A bilingual
poster and a brochure, in French and English, are also available. People can
download these at www.ofa.gov.on.ca.
    This exhibition was developed by the Office of Francophone Affairs, in
collaboration with the Vanier Museopark. The Regroupement des organismes du
patrimoine franco-ontarien (ROPFO) is responsible for coordinating the
circulation of the travelling exhibition at cultural and community centres,
schools, tourism events, seminars and conferences across the province.
    "This initiative allows us to appreciate Ontario's rich francophone
history at a glance," said Yves Frenette, historian and director of the Centre
de recherche en civilisation canadienne-française (Centre for Research on
French Canadian Culture). "Franco-Ontarian history is filled with big and
small wins; it is an astounding story, still in progress."
    "The 400-year-old Franco-Ontarian history continues to be written every
day. Ontario's francophone community is a truly inspiring example of a strong,
prosperous and engaged community that is both proud of its past and turned
toward the future," said Meilleur.

    Disponible en français

    
                              www.ofa.gov.on.ca


    Backgrounder
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                     ONTARIO'S FRANCOPHONIE: THEN AND NOW

    Travelling Exhibition To Be Displayed Throughout Ontario In Coming Months

    The exhibition Ontario's Francophonie: Then and Now recognizes and
celebrates the history of Ontario's Francophonie, and highlights its
contribution to the province's development.
    This project is an initiative of the Office of Francophone Affairs, and
was developed in collaboration with the Vanier Museopark, which was
responsible for the research and graphic design. The exhibition is made up of
22 free-standing panels; 11 in French and 11 in English.
    Each panel represents a significant period of Franco-Ontarian history. The
panels cover the following nine themes:

    -   The French in the Upper Great Lakes, 1610 - 1760
    -   The Canadiens, 1763 - 1867
    -   The French Canadians, 1867 - 1910
    -   The French Canadians of Ontario, 1910 - 1960
    -   Franco-Ontarians on the Move!, 1960 - 1985
    -   The French Language Services Act, 1986
    -   Our Rightful Place!, 1986 - 1989
    -   Ontarois and Ontaroises, 1990 - 1999
    -   Ontario's Francophonie, 2000 - 2006

    A bilingual poster and a brochure, available in French and in English, are
also available. People can download them at www.ofa.gov.on.ca.
    The Regroupement des organismes du patrimoine franco-ontarien, in
collaboration with the Office of Francophone Affairs, will oversee the
circulation of the exhibition throughout the province. Two series of panels
have been produced to allow for greater dissemination.
    Over the next few months, the exhibition will be on display at several
institutions and events across Ontario, including:

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    Event                           Location           Dates
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    Franco-Ontarian Games           Ottawa             May 18-21, 2007
    Ecole secondaire publique
     Louis-Riel
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    Hearst Public Library, in       Hearst             May 25-June 11, 2007
     cooperation with la régionale
     La Vieille branche of the
     Société franco-ontarienne
     d'histoire et de généalogie
     (SFOHG)
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    Biennial congress of the        St. Catharines     June 6-8, 2007
     Fédération des aînés et des
     retraités francophones de
     l'Ontario (FAFO)
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    Franco Générations presented    Hamilton           June 10, 2007
     by the Fédération des aînés
     et des retraités francophones
     de l'Ontario (FAFO)
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    Conference of the Association   Sudbury            June 13-15, 2007
     des universités du troisième
     âge francophones en Amérique
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    Reception of the Minister       Ottawa             June 15, 2007
     Responsible for Francophone
     Affairs as part of the
     Franco-Ontarian Festival
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    Les arts, la culture et la      Ottawa             June 21-23, 2007
     ville Conference
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    Franco-festival                 Thunder Bay        June 22-23, 2007
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    Centre francophone de Toronto   Toronto            August 2007
    Galerie Céline-Allard
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    Museum of the old L'Orignal     L'Orignal          August 2007
     prison
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    Organizations interested in welcoming the exhibition Ontario's
Francophonie: Then and now or in receiving the posters or brochures that
reproduce the exhibition should contact the Office of Francophone Affairs or
the Regroupement des organismes du patrimoine franco-ontarien.

    For additional information:
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    Charles Jean Sucsan
    Office of Francophone Affairs
    416 325-4968

    Samy Khalid
    Regroupement des organismes du patrimoine franco-ontarien (ROPFO)
    613 567-6363

    Disponible en français

                              www.ofa.gov.on.ca
    





For further information:

For further information: Marc Despatie, Office of the Minister
Responsible for Francophone Affairs, (416) 325-5219; Charles Jean Sucsan,
Office of Francophone Affairs, (416) 325-4968

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