The Acadian and Francophone community celebrates les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie

Charles Duguay, Vice-President of the Société Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin and Premier Dennis King signing the official declaration of March as Francophonie month.

Acadians, Francophones, Canadians and French speakers from around the world will be celebrating the French language and francophone culture in March. 

Every year, communities from all four corners of the world recognize March as the month of the Francophonie and celebrate the month through the national initiative of les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF). The RVF offers activities for all ages that honours what makes the French language and francophone culture and history important and relevant to communities across our country.

“The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie has become an invaluable opportunity to bring people together and celebrate the Francophonie, both here in PEI and all over Canada,” said Charles Duguay, Vice-President of the Société Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin’s Board of Directors. “Islanders will be able to share our community’s rich culture and language through varied and inclusive programming. I invite you all to join the festivities by attending this year’s activities.”

The members of the Acadian and Francophone community have the opportunity to come together and share with all Islanders a rich history, and a legacy of resilience and vibrancy. This year also marks an important milestone in the history of the community, the 300th anniversary of the French presence in Prince Edward Island. Through the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation, the Province will be working with community organizations to celebrate this significant achievement. Premier Dennis King will announce Acadie 300’s ambassadors at the official opening of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie. Acadie 300 ambassadors will help promote the full program of activities that will be available in the coming months.

“2020 is another incredibly special year for the Acadian and Francophone community. Last year, we celebrated many anniversaries that protect and preserve the French language and we had an incredible time showing the world what makes the community and our province one of a kind during the Congrès mondial acadien. This year, we are invited to join the community again to celebrate the 300th anniversary since making Prince Edward Island their home. I encourage everyone to not miss the chance to discovery the warmth and openness of the Acadian and francophone community.”

- Dennis King, Premier of Prince Edward Island and Minister responsible for Acadian and Francophone Affairs

The Honourable Antoinette Perry, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island, will be welcoming Islanders for the official opening of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie at Government House in Charlottetown at 10:00 a.m. on March 2, 2020. Premier Dennis King will be joining members of the community for the official ceremony. The Acadian flag will be raised at 10:15 a.m. for the day.

For more information, visit Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie

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