Premier Wade MacLauchlan, minister responsible for Acadian and Francophone Affairs, participated in the 2017 Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie on June 22 and 23. Recognizing Canada’s bilingual character and its two official languages as key Canadian values, the annual meeting took place in the National Capital Region in the context of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.
In advance of the meeting, Premier MacLauchlan benefited from a positive dialogue with Acadian and Francophone community leaders regarding key issues for French-speaking Islanders.
Organized for the first time by the Government of Canada, the annual meeting was co-chaired by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Honourable John Streicker, Yukon Minister responsible for the French Language Services Directorate. Federal, provincial and territorial ministers came together to address priority issues for Acadian and Francophone communities, including government services in French and francophone immigration. The ministers also discussed access to justice services in French in the area of family law and committed to furthering the discussion with their colleagues responsible for justice on challenges and possible solutions in this area. Over the course of the conference, discussions also took place regarding the new Francophone Heritage, Cultural and Tourism Corridor.
Conference members in each jurisdiction continually endeavour to improve the availability of French language services to their respective communities. “The conference focused on increasing access to government services in French to Canadians, including services in the area of family law. Here in Prince Edward Island, the government is working hard to improve the availability of services in French” said Premier MacLauchlan. “We recognize the importance of French language services in contributing to the vitality of the Acadian and Francophone community and to the advancement of our province”.
The government of Nunavut will be hosting the next Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie in Iqaluit on June 20 and 21, 2018.
For more information, visit the MCCF Conference Website.