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MINISTER VALCOURT ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR FRANCOPHONE COMMUNITIES TO GET BETTER GLIMPSE OF THE PAST

 

May 04, 2012 - LA GRAND’TERRE, NL

The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of State for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and La Francophonie announced today federal funding for a project that will give francophone communities across Newfoundland and Labrador an improved access to archived historical documents and cultural collections. The Government of Canada’s support for an initiative by the Association régionale de la côte Ouest Inc., will allow the group to make the materials available online.

“This initiative will provide improved access to historical collections about the people, events and traditions that have helped shape the francophone landscape in the province,” said Minister Valcourt. “Our Government is proud to support organizations like the Association régionale de la côte Ouest Inc., which are working to preserve and promote development of francophone culture in communities all across Canada, including around Newfoundland and Labrador.”

With this funding, the Association will digitize archived materials which are currently available only in the Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive in St. John’s. Archived interviews, songs, oral traditions, stories, essays and photographs from the Port-au-Port peninsula will be preserved in a digital collection available online through Memorial University’s Digital Archive Initiative and promoted on the website of La Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador (FFTNL). The materials will also be available through a dedicated computer terminal at the Cercle des Mémoires museum located in La Grand’Terre (Mainland) on the province’s west coast.

“We are very pleased to receive this funding and are happy to share with everyone the rich culture that was collected from residents of our community,” said Robert Cormier, president of the Association régionale de la côte Ouest Inc. “It is essential that we instill cultural pride in our youth by giving them a concrete and accessible way of connecting to the past.”

The federal government is providing $83,000 for the project. ACOA is providing $33,000 through its Business Development Program, as a part of the Government of Canada’s Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality – Economic Development Initiative. This initiative aims to foster economic development of official-language minority communities through a range of activities including innovation, entrepreneurship, partnership and economic diversification.

The Department of Canadian Heritage is providing $50,000 for this project under the Cultural Development Fund of the Official Languages Support Programs. The objectives of this fund include supporting and strengthening the cultural and artistic activities of official-language minority communities to enhance their vitality, and giving Canadians access to the richness of the culture, arts and heritage of these communities.


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Francophonie Minister Bernard Valcourt today announced $83,000 in federal funding for a project that will give francophone communities across Newfoundland and Labrador an improved access to archived historical documents and cultural collections.

The Association régionale de la côte Ouest Inc. will use this funding to digitally archive historical francophone interviews, songs, stories, essays and photographs from the Port-au-Port peninsula that are currently available only at Memorial University’s campus in St. John’s.

Through this project, the digital collection will be available online as well as through a dedicated computer terminal at the Cercle des Memoires museum located in La Grand’Terre (Mainland) on the province’s west coast.

ACOA is providing $33,000 toward the project through its Business Development Program as a part of the Government of Canada’s Roadmap for Canada’s Linguistic Duality. The Department of Canadian Heritage is providing $50,000 toward the project through the Cultural Development Fund of the Official Languages Support Programs.

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INFORMATION:

Doug Burgess
Director, Public Affairs
ACOA NL
709-772-2935

Catherine Fenwick
Manager
Association régionale de la côte Ouest Inc.
709-642-5254