Acadians and Francophones in Nova Scotia to Benefit from $1.8 Million in Federal Funding

This five year investment will enable the Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse to raise awareness and support the needs of the Acadian and Francophone community in Nova Scotia

HALIFAX, June 29, 2017 /CNW/ - Darren Fisher, Member of Parliament (Dartmouth–Cole Harbour), on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, today announced a contribution of $1,842,500 over five years to the Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse (FANE) under the Development of Official Language Communities component of the Official Languages Funding Programs. He was joined by Darrell Samson, Member of Parliament (Sackville–Preston–Chezzetcook), and Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament (West Nova).

This funding will enable FANE to coordinate its 28 members and support them in their efforts and to raise awareness among governments and organizations of the needs of the province's Acadian and Francophone community. Some of the initiatives made possible through this funding include cultural tourism and the Rendez-vous de la francophonie in Nova Scotia's Acadian community.

Quotes

"Our official languages are at the heart of who we are. The protection and promotion of official-language minority communities across the country is a priority for our government. That is why we are proud to provide stable funding that will enable the Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse to continue their important efforts to support the Acadian and Francophone community in Nova Scotia."

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"FANE plays a key role in promoting the French language in Nova Scotia. This financial support will enable the organization to continue its work and promote the development and vitality of Nova Scotia's Acadian and Francophone community."

—Darren Fisher, Member of Parliament (Dartmouth–Cole Harbour)

"This funding for FANE demonstrates the Government of Canada's commitment to strengthen the vitality of Acadian and Francophone communities in Nova Scotia. In my riding of West Nova—and especially in the regions of Clare, Argyle and Greenwood—FANE plays a leadership role in many important topics in culture and language, and ultimately ensures that Acadia and Nova Scotia remain vibrant and dynamic."

—Colin Fraser, Member of Parliament (West Nova)

"As an Acadian from Nova Scotia, I know how important an impact FANE has on our province's Acadian and Francophone communities. This funding will help them continue their mission of promoting the overall development of these communities. With a proud, vibrant and growing population, I am proud to represent a government that supports our cultural and linguistic initiatives."

—Darrell Samson, Member of Parliament (Sackville–Preston–Chezzetcook)

"The Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse is pleased with the contribution received from Canadian Heritage for its 2017–2022 programming. This funding will help us obtain the resources needed for the development of our community and help us continue to promote the vitality and overall development of Nova Scotia's Acadian and Francophone community."

—Ghislain Boudreau, President, Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse

Quick facts

The Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse is the official spokesperson for the Acadian and Francophone community of Nova Scotia.

Founded in 1968, FANE has 28 member organizations, including 26 associations and two educational institutions.

The Department of Canadian Heritage is providing a contribution of $1,842,500 to FANE for its 2017–2022 programming, or $368,500 per year over five years.

The Cooperation with the Community Sector sub-component of the Development of Official Language Communities Program supports engagement by community organizations and strengthens their ability to act, while encouraging innovation and excellence.

Associated links

Fédération acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse http://www.acadiene.ca/

 

Data table

Years

Project Title

Program

Amounts Approved

2017–2022

2017–2022 programming

Development of Official Language Communities

$1,842,500 ($368,500 per year)

 

SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: (media only), please contact: Pierre-Olivier Herbert, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155, pch.media-media.pch@canada.ca

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