For immediate release September 13, 2007
Youth Citizenship: A Priority for Canadian Francophonie Ministers
During the 12th Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie, held in Halifax on September 12 and 13, the ministers responsible for Canadian Francophonie adopted a strategy to encourage active citizenship among young Francophones.
A youth consultation enabled the identification of three key elements: citizenship, leadership development and communication. The Conference will ask an implementation committee which includes youth representatives to support, among others, the organization of a gathering of francophone youth from across the country in 2008. They will then be invited to present their report during the 13th Conference.
"To ensure that the Canadian Francophonie stays vibrant and committed, it is important that the governments work constructively with youth to implement projects that will allow them to develop a sense of pride in their Francophone and Acadian identity, and to fully engage in their role as citizens," said the Honourable Chris d'Entremont, Nova Scotia Minister of Health and Minister of Acadian Affairs.
During the Conference, the ministers also talked about the renewal of intergovernmental agreements on French-language services, which expire in March 2009. The ministers agreed on a common approach to facilitate the timely renewal of these agreements.
"Canada's New Government is committed to actively working with the Provincial and Territorial Governments to ensure the continued development of Francophones in Canada," said the Honourable Josée Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages. "Today's discussions confirm that the Conference is an ideal forum for the promotion of more concerted action among governments aimed at strengthening support and services for the Canadian Francophonie."
Held for the first time in 1994, the Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie aims to strengthen the ties between the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Governments in order to enhance French-language services for citizens and to strengthen the Canadian Francophonie.
The next Conference will be held in Quebec City on September 17 and 18, 2008, on the 400th anniversary of the city's founding.
See attached backgrounder for more details on the Youth Strategy.
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Nova Scotia Office of Acadian Affairs
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages
A/Chief, Media Relations
Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie Youth Strategy
2008 Action Plan