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FRANCOFUN Winter Festival Celebrates Francophone Culture and Heritage

Member of Parliament Dick Harris announces funding for Cercle des Canadiens Francais de Prince George

PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/28/14 -- Department of Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada has provided $28,000 in funding to the Cercle des Canadiens Francais de Prince George through the Development of Official-Language Communities Program.

Dick Harris, Member of Parliament (Cariboo-Prince George), announced this today on behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover.

The funds will allow the Cercle des Canadiens Francais de Prince George to host the 30th FRANCOFUN Winter Festival, from January 25 to February 28, 2015. Festival activities include live musical performances, a sugar shack and an art exhibition.

Quick Facts

- Founded in 1960, the Cercle des Canadiens Francais de Prince George brings Francophones and Francophiles together to promote the French language, celebrate French-Canadian culture and heritage and expand the Francophone community.

- The 30th FRANCOFUN Winter Festival will coincide with the 2015 Canada Winter Games hosted by the City of Prince George.

- The City of Prince George will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2015.

Quotes

"The FRANCOFUN Winter Festival celebrates our linguistic duality, as well as the culture and traditions of Francophones in Northern British Columbia. This is an exciting opportunity for the Cercle des Canadiens Francais de Prince George to proudly showcase Canada's French language and culture during the largest sport and cultural event the City of Prince George has ever hosted."

-Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"The 2015 FRANCOFUN Winter Festival will be particularly special, as the City of Prince George will welcome thousands of tourists, athletes and volunteers for the 2015 Canada Winter Games. I encourage everyone in the region to participate in festivities during the month-long celebrations."

-Dick Harris, Member of Parliament (Cariboo-Prince George)

"We would like to thank Canadian Heritage for providing funding that will go towards planning and organizing the 30th FRANCOFUN Winter Festival, to be held from January 25 to February 28, 2015. It will allow us to shine a spotlight on French, one of our great country's two official languages, in our community and at the 2015 Canada Games. Canadian athletes and artists will have the chance to discover a bilingual community in Northern British Columbia through the programming at this winter festival."

-Paul Vezina, President of the Cercle des Canadiens Francais de Prince George

Associated Links

Le Cercle des Canadiens Francais de Prince George

Development of Official-Language Communities Program - Community Life component

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Anna Gravelle
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Canadian Heritage
Western Region
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