McGuinty Government Pays Tribute To Ontario's Francophone History And Culture

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McGuinty Government Pays Tribute To Ontario's Francophone History And Culture

Ministry of Francophone Affairs

Office Of Francophone Affairs Launches Travelling Exhibition Ontario's Francophonie: Then And Now OTTAWA, April 19 - The McGuinty government is paying tribute to Ontario's francophonie by launching the travelling exhibition Ontario's Francophonie: Then and Now, Madeleine Meilleur, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, announced today. "This exhibition allows us to look at the past and reflect on the long journey travelled not only since the enactment of the French Language Services Act in 1986, but also since the beginning of the great francophone adventure in Ontario," said Meilleur. The travelling exhibition features a series of French and English panels that represent significant periods of Franco-Ontarian history. A bilingual poster and a brochure, in French and English, are also available. People can download these at www.ofa.gov.on.ca. This exhibition was developed by the Office of Francophone Affairs, in collaboration with the Vanier Museopark. The Regroupement des organismes du patrimoine franco-ontarien (ROPFO) is responsible for coordinating the circulation of the travelling exhibition at cultural and community centres, schools, tourism events, seminars and conferences across the province. "This initiative allows us to appreciate Ontario's rich francophone history at a glance," said Yves Frenette, historian and director of the Centre de recherche en civilisation canadienne-française (Centre for Research on French Canadian Culture). "Franco-Ontarian history is filled with big and small wins; it is an astounding story, still in progress." "The 400-year-old Franco-Ontarian history continues to be written every day. Ontario's francophone community is a truly inspiring example of a strong, prosperous and engaged community that is both proud of its past and turned toward the future," said Meilleur. Disponible en français www.ofa.gov.on.ca Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ONTARIO'S FRANCOPHONIE: THEN AND NOW Travelling Exhibition To Be Displayed Throughout Ontario In Coming Months The exhibition Ontario's Francophonie: Then and Now recognizes and celebrates the history of Ontario's Francophonie, and highlights its contribution to the province's development. This project is an initiative of the Office of Francophone Affairs, and was developed in collaboration with the Vanier Museopark, which was responsible for the research and graphic design. The exhibition is made up of 22 free-standing panels; 11 in French and 11 in English. Each panel represents a significant period of Franco-Ontarian history. The panels cover the following nine themes: - The French in the Upper Great Lakes, 1610 - 1760 - The Canadiens, 1763 - 1867 - The French Canadians, 1867 - 1910 - The French Canadians of Ontario, 1910 - 1960 - Franco-Ontarians on the Move!, 1960 - 1985 - The French Language Services Act, 1986 - Our Rightful Place!, 1986 - 1989 - Ontarois and Ontaroises, 1990 - 1999 - Ontario's Francophonie, 2000 - 2006 A bilingual poster and a brochure, available in French and in English, are also available. People can download them at www.ofa.gov.on.ca. The Regroupement des organismes du patrimoine franco-ontarien, in collaboration with the Office of Francophone Affairs, will oversee the circulation of the exhibition throughout the province. Two series of panels have been produced to allow for greater dissemination. Over the next few months, the exhibition will be on display at several institutions and events across Ontario, including: ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Event Location Dates ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Franco-Ontarian Games Ottawa May 18-21, 2007 Ecole secondaire publique Louis-Riel ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hearst Public Library, in Hearst May 25-June 11, 2007 cooperation with la régionale La Vieille branche of the Société franco-ontarienne d'histoire et de généalogie (SFOHG) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Biennial congress of the St. Catharines June 6-8, 2007 Fédération des aînés et des retraités francophones de l'Ontario (FAFO) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Franco Générations presented Hamilton June 10, 2007 by the Fédération des aînés et des retraités francophones de l'Ontario (FAFO) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Conference of the Association Sudbury June 13-15, 2007 des universités du troisième âge francophones en Amérique ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Reception of the Minister Ottawa June 15, 2007 Responsible for Francophone Affairs as part of the Franco-Ontarian Festival ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Les arts, la culture et la Ottawa June 21-23, 2007 ville Conference ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Franco-festival Thunder Bay June 22-23, 2007 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Centre francophone de Toronto Toronto August 2007 Galerie Céline-Allard ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Museum of the old L'Orignal L'Orignal August 2007 prison ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Organizations interested in welcoming the exhibition Ontario's Francophonie: Then and now or in receiving the posters or brochures that reproduce the exhibition should contact the Office of Francophone Affairs or the Regroupement des organismes du patrimoine franco-ontarien. For additional information: --------------------------- Charles Jean Sucsan Office of Francophone Affairs 416 325-4968 Samy Khalid Regroupement des organismes du patrimoine franco-ontarien (ROPFO) 613 567-6363 Disponible en français www.ofa.gov.on.ca Contact Info For further information: Marc Despatie, Office of the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, (416) 325-5219; Charles Jean Sucsan, Office of Francophone Affairs, (416) 325-4968 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Marc Despatie, Office of the Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs, (416) 325-5219; Charles Jean Sucsan, Office of Francophone Affairs, (416) 325-4968