Member of Parliament Greg Kerr Announces Funding for Official Languages

CHURCH POINT, NS, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament (West Nova), on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced funding for the Société acadienne de Clare (SAC) and the Fédération régionale des arts et du patrimoine de la Baie Sainte-Marie.

"The Government of Canada is proud to invest in these organizations, which contribute to the cultural vitality of the Acadian community," said Mr. Kerr. "By supporting these projects, we are delivering on our commitment to support the development of official-language communities."

This funding will enable the Société acadienne de Clare to continue working on its plans to obtain a school-community centre for the community. The SAC will prepare a conceptual layout for the community space in the future centre, develop a management and governance plan, and identify potential funding partners. Funding to the Fédération régionale des arts et du patrimoine de la Baie Sainte-Marie will support new activities during the Festival nocturne à la Baie that will highlight the heritage of the region's agricultural sector.

"Our Government is proud to partner with organizations that are working to enhance the identity and vitality of the Acadian and Francophone communities of Nova Scotia," said Minister Glover. "English and French are integral to our history, our identity and our future. It is important to continue supporting all the things that have made Canada the united, prosperous, and free country we know today."

"The Société acadienne de Clare thanks Canadian Heritage for its recent contribution to the Planification - CSC en Clare project," said Diane Besner, President of the SAC. "This project will allow the community to determine exactly what the needs of the Acadian population of Clare are, should a school-community centre be built in the Baie Sainte-Marie area."

"We greatly appreciate this financial support from Canadian," said Jocelyne Comeau, President of the Fédération régionale des arts et du patrimoine de la Baie Sainte-Marie. "Thanks to this project, new activities that touch on an important part of our heritage will be offered to the public at the next Festival nocturne à la Baie."

The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $37,685 ($30,500 to the Société acadienne de Clare and $7,185 to the Fédération régionale des arts et du patrimoine de la Baie Sainte-Marie) through 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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