PENETANGUISHENE, ON, July 5, 2012 /CNW/ - An investment in the
Francophone community in Simcoe County will ensure that its history,
culture, and identity will be passed on to future generations. Funding
for La Clé d'la Baie en Huronie - Association culturelle francophone
was announced today by Bruce Stanton, Member of Parliament (Simcoe
North), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian
Heritage and Official Languages.
La Clé d'la Baie en Huronie is a not-for-profit organization that works
to promote, develop and serve the needs of Francophones in Simcoe
County. Funding will support a variety of arts and socio-cultural
activities to foster the development of the local French-speaking
community. In addition, the organization will create a series of
documentaries which will tell the story of Francophones in Simcoe
County over the past 100 years. The audio and video productions will be
shared in the local media and through social media. The project's goal
is to make cultural heritage accessible for future generations and to
build a sense of common identity among Francophones in the area.
"Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in
organizations like La Clé d'la Baie en Huronie," said Minister Moore.
"By supporting Simcoe County's Francophone community, our Government is
delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support our
arts, culture, heritage, and official languages."
"La Clé d'la Baie en Huronie is a very active Francophone organization
in the Simcoe region," said Mr. Stanton. "Ongoing support from the
Government of Canada enables the organization to make Francophone
heritage accessible to future generations in an attractive and
interactive format and allows its members to live their language,
culture, identity, and heritage to the fullest."
"This funding is important for our community. This support from the
Government of Canada will allow us, with our Francophone partners, to
create a local archive in various formats that will recount the history
of Huronia over the past century," said Pierre Cassault, Executive
Director of La Clé d'la Baie en Huronie. "We are also very proud to
work in collaboration with the Government of Canada to provide programs
and services that promote the vitality of Simcoe County's Francophone
The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $286,000 ($60,000
for the project Si La Huronie me racontait and $226,000 over two years for programming) through the Community Life component of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program. This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage aims to foster the
development of Canada's minority Anglophone and Francophone communities
and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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