EDMONTON, Sept. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - An investment by the Government of
Canada will further strengthen the Francophone community in Alberta and
help share this rich culture throughout the province. The Honourable
Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services,
Minister for Status of Women, and Member of Parliament (Edmonton-Spruce
Grove), made this announcement today on behalf of the Honourable James
Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
Funding will support the Association canadienne-française de l'Alberta
(ACFA) in delivering its 2012-2013 programming. This includes a range
of activities to strengthen Franco-Albertans' sense of pride and
belonging, such as a series of heritage development workshops (S'outiller pour sa communauté) as well as the Alberta Francophone community's annual convention in
October 2012, where nearly one thousand participants are expected to
"This year marks the start of the five-year countdown to Canada's 150th birthday in 2017," said Minister Moore. "Our Government is proud to
invest in projects that contribute to our collective identity and
define who we are as Canadians. On the road to 2017, let us continue to
celebrate all of the things that make Canada the united, prosperous,
and free country we are today."
"ACFA contributes in an important way to the social, economic and
cultural vitality, and well-being of Franco-Albertans," said Minister
Ambrose. "This investment represents one of the many ways our
Government recognizes the importance of Alberta's Francophone
"The Government of Canada has been a key partner in the development of
Alberta's Francophone community for many years," said Dolorèse Nolette,
President of ACFA's Provincial Secretariat. "This support will allow us
to achieve our full potential while continuing to offer programs and
services that foster the development of La Francophonie in Alberta."
Founded in 1926, ACFA is the representative organization of Alberta's
Francophone community. It promotes pride and cultural expression among
Francophones in Alberta and works with other organizations in the
province to strengthen ties within the Francophone community. ACFA has
13 regional offices across Alberta.
The Government of Canada has allocated funding of $470,000 under the Cooperation with the Community Sector 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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