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Celebrating Francophone Culture and Heritage in Calgary

Member of Parliament Joan Crockatt announces support for the Association canadienne-française de l'Alberta-regionale de Calgary

CALGARY, ALBERTA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/26/14 -- Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada has provided total funding of $323,100 to the Association canadienne-francaise de l'Alberta (ACFA) - regionale de Calgary through the Development of Official-Language Communities Program and the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program.

Joan Crockatt, Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre), announced this support today at the 12th edition of the Calgary Maple Festival des Sucres at Cliff-Bungalow Mission Community Park in Calgary. She made this announcement on behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover.

Funding of $305,000 provided through the Development of Official-Languages Communities Program will enable ACFA's Calgary branch to deliver its programming through 2014-2016. The Association will offer a range of cultural and social activities to support the development and vitality of the Francophone community in Calgary, including support for the Calgary Maple Festival des Sucres.

Additional funding of $18,100 provided through the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program is allowing the Association to present the 12th edition of the Calgary Maple Festival des Sucres on April 26 and 27, 2014. Festival activities include live musical performances and an art exposition.

Quick Facts

--  The Association canadienne-francaise de l'Alberta is the representative
    organization of Alberta's French-speaking community. 
--  As the umbrella group for the province's Francophone organizations, it
    promotes cooperation between its members and provides support and
    development services in communications and community action. 
--  The Development of Official-Language Communities Program is designed to
    foster the vitality of Canada's French- and English-speaking minority
    communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of
    Canadian life. 
--  The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program provides
    Canadians with more opportunities to take part in activities that
    present local arts and culture and celebrate local history and heritage.

Quotes

"Franco-Albertans have created a valuable legacy throughout the province. Our Government is pleased to support these projects, which showcase the thriving Francophone community in Calgary. We will continue to support our official languages and protect, celebrate, and strengthen Canada's linguistic duality."

- Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"The Association canadienne-francaise de l'Alberta - regionale de Calgary offers Francophones and Francophiles in the community access to activities in their language of choice. We are proud to support Alberta's Francophone organizations."

- Joan Crockatt, Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre)

"The ACFA's Calgary branch is proud to have received PCH's funding for the 2014 edition of the Maple Festival des sucres. This grant will allow us to create a francophone environment full of music, history, culture and heritage. Thank you for your continued financial support."

- Nicole Buret, President, ACFA, regionale de Calgary

Associated Links

Association canadienne-francaise de l'Alberta - regionale de Calgary

Calgary Maple Festival des Sucres

Development of Official-Language Communities Program - Community Life component

Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program

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Contacts:
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and Official Languages
819-997-7788

Anna Gravelle
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Canadian Heritage
Western Region
604-666-6504

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