Celebrating the Island’s Francophonie
Throughout the world, in Canada as well as here in Prince Edward Island, Acadians, Francophones and French-speaking Islanders are preparing for a month-long celebration of our linguistic duality.
During the month of the Francophonie, organized each year in March, all are invited to participate in the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, offering an impressive array of activities that bring together the Francophonie - its culture, diversity and uniqueness. The members of the Island’s Francophonie will also have the opportunity to share with all Islanders the heritage of resilience, the vitality and the prevalent joie de vivre of the Acadian and Francophone community.
The theme of the 21st Rendez-vous de la Francophonie focuses on the importance of official languages, the strength of those who speak them and the resolution of anchoring bilingualism in the fundamental values of society.
The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie’s official opening ceremony and reception will be held at Government House in Charlottetown at 10:30 a.m. on March 1, 2019. The Honourable Antoinette Perry, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island, will be joined by the Sonny Gallant, Minister of Workforce and Advanced Learning for the opening ceremony. The Acadian flag will be raised at 10:15 a.m. for the day.
“The year 2019 is an important one, nationally and provincially, for the Francophonie. Canada will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its Official Languages Act and here, on PEI, five years have passed since the implementation of the French Language Services Act. We will also have the great pleasure of welcoming Acadians, Francophones and Francophiles from all over the world for the Congrès mondial acadien this summer. There will certainly be many opportunities to trace the history of the Act and highlight its benefits within government and in the everyday lives of Islanders,” said Wade MacLauchlan, Premier of Prince Edward Island and Minister responsible for Acadian and Francophone Affairs. “This year’s theme is certainly in keeping with what we see on the Island. Our country and province’s linguistic duality is a source of pride and solidarity, affording a bright future for the Mighty Island.”