Harper Government Supports the French-Speaking Community

PLAMONDON, Alberta, May 2, 2012 - Francophones and Francophiles in the Plamondon–Lac La Biche region will continue to receive valuable services aimed at strengthening the region’s linguistic duality, thanks to an investment from the Government of Canada. This was announced today by Brian Jean, Member of Parliament (Fort McMurray–Athabasca), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Funding will allow the Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta (ACFA) régionale de Plamondon–Lac La Biche to offer a wide range of programming in all sectors in the Plamondon–Lac La Biche region. These initiatives will help promote official languages and foster the development of the Franco-Albertan community.

Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in organizations that help strengthen our communities,” said Minister Moore. “We are taking concrete action to guarantee the development of minority Francophone communities and to encourage all Canadians to participate in our country’s linguistic duality.
The Francophone community of Plamondon–Lac la Biche will greatly benefit from this federal funding,” said Mr. Jean. “We are proud to support Alberta’s Francophone organizations. These organizations will provide residents with year-round access to a variety of cultural activities that reflect the richness of our province’s Francophone heritage.
The assistance from the Government of Canada is essential is letting the region’s Francophone residents benefit from services and activities in their own language, said Thérèse Lanteigne, President of ACFA Plamondon–Lac La Biche.

The provincial secretariat of the Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta represents Francophones in the province. It works to strengthen ties within the Francophone community and encourages pride and cultural expression among Francophones in Alberta. ACFA is also responsible for consulting and coordinating with Francophone organizations throughout the province. There are 14 regional offices across Alberta, including the Plamondon–Lac La Biche office.

The Government of Canada has provided funding of $40,000 through the Cooperation with the Community Sector 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.