On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency, and Member of Parliament (Vancouver Island North), today announced funding for the Association francophone de Campbell River.
This funding will enable the Association to maintain a roster of programs that are designed to meet the needs of Francophones and Francophiles in Campbell River. The organization will provide French-language services for children and adults, a library and a video library, a welcome service for newcomers, and a range of social activities for families. These initiatives will contribute to the expansion of the French presence throughout the region and promote French language, culture, and heritage.
"The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring the prosperity of minority Francophone and Anglophone communities and to recognizing the importance of linguistic duality as an economic, social, and cultural asset for all Canadians," said Minister Moore.
"This funding demonstrates the Government of Canada's commitment to the Francophone character of the province of British Columbia," said Minister Duncan. "The Association has an impact on all sectors of the community, and its efforts help to energize and enrich the lives of Francophones and Francophiles in the Campbell River area."
The Association francophone de Campbell River (AFCR), a non-profit organization founded in 1978, is the only organization offering services to Francophones in the municipality of Campbell River and surrounding areas. The mission of the AFCR is to promote the French language and Francophone culture throughout the region. The AFCR has been working to create and improve services for Francophones and Francophiles in the area for more than 30 years.
The Government of Canada has provided funding of $64,707 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.