Ontario marks 400 years of French presence in North America

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Ontario marks 400 years of French presence in North America

Ministry of Francophone Affairs

Poster unveiled at Franco-Ontarian festival will help spur tourism OTTAWA, June 17 - Ontario Minister of Culture and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, Madeleine Meilleur, today unveiled a brochure and a poster commemorating 400 years of French presence in North America, at the opening of the Franco-Ontarian Festival. "The government's presence at the Franco-Ontarian Festival marks the historic anniversary of Champlain's arrival in Canada," Meilleur said. "This poster and brochure will help stimulate Francophone tourism and contribute to the province's economy." The Office of Francophone Affairs held a poster contest in Francophone secondary high schools across the province. Nathalie-Christine D. Parra, a grade 11 student at Ecole secondaire Mgr. Bruyère in London produced the winning poster. Ontario Media Development Corporation President Marcelle Lean presented her with a $500 cheque. "By helping students succeed today, we are ensuring Ontario succeeds tomorrow," said Meilleur. The brochure was produced through a collaborative effort between the Office of Francophone Affairs and the Regroupement des organismes du patrimoine franco-ontarien. "This historical brochure is a testimony of the Francophones' important contribution to our province," said Regroupement des organismes du patrimoine franco-ontarien General Manager Paule Doucet. The poster will be distributed throughout the province's schools, cultural centres, libraries and associations. The brochure will also be available at travel information centres and cultural and tourism agencies. Disponible en français www.ofa.gov.on.caFor further information: Guy Lepage, Minister's Office, (416) 325-1689; Gabriel Manseau, Communications Branch, (416) 418-0506, 1-800-268-7507