Hon. Mélanie Joly will welcome provincial and territorial ministers from across the country to Canada's Capital Region for the 22nd Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie
GATINEAU, QC, June 16, 2017 /CNW/ - The Canadian Francophonie is an integral part of Canadian society and a key component of our national identity. On June 22 and 23, 2017, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, will welcome Canada's provincial and territorial ministers responsible for the Canadian Francophonie to Gatineau for the 22nd Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie.
Federal, provincial and territorial ministers will gather in Canada's Capital Region to discuss a host of topics that affect Francophone communities in both majority and minority settings across the country.
This year marks the first time that the Government of Canada will host the Conference since the annual gathering was created in 1994. This is particularly significant, as we celebrate Canada 150, and the important role that Francophone communities have played in shaping the identity and culture of Canada.
This year's conference will be co-chaired by the Government of Yukon.
"Our official languages are an integral part of our Canadian identity, and our government is committed to the development of Francophone communities all across the country. This is why the federal government is pleased to host the annual Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie in Canada's Capital Region. Giving a different character to this year's conference is another way of making the Canadian Francophonie a part of Canada 150 celebrations."
—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage
The Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie, created in 1994, is a gathering of Federal, provincial and territorial ministers. It is the only intergovernmental forum for ministers responsible for the Canadian Francophonie.
Ministers at the conference work together to promote an open, active and diversified Francophone community that contributes to and fully participates in the development of Canadian society.'
This year marks the first time that the Government of Canada will host the Conference since the annual gathering was created in 1994.
SOURCE Canadian Heritage
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