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HAWKESBURY, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/28/14 -- Department of Canadian Heritage

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The Government of Canada is providing an investment of $27,000 to support annual programming at Le Chenail, a cultural centre that serves the Francophone community of Hawkesbury and the Prescott-Russell United Counties. Le Chenail's programming showcases local talents through a series of performances, art exhibitions, and community activities that offer the region's Francophones an opportunity to develop an appreciation for Ontario's Francophone culture and heritage.

This announcement was made today by Pierre Lemieux, Member of Parliament (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell), on behalf of Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages Shelly Glover.

Quick Facts

--  Le Chenail offers multidisciplinary programming that focuses on music,
    dance, literature and visual arts.
--  The artistic performances are held at Maison de l'ile, a historic
    building that dates back to the 1800s, in Confederation Park on Chenail
    Island.

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"Our Government is proud to support Hawkesbury's Francophone community. Our two official languages are an asset for all Canadians, and this is why we are committed to protecting, celebrating, and strengthening linguistic duality in Canada. Today's announcement demonstrates our commitment to supporting organizations that contribute to the cultural and economic vitality of their community."

-Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"Many organizations play a crucial role in the vitality of Francophone communities in Ontario. By supporting Le Chenail, we are ensuring official-language minority communities thrive and fully participate in Canadian society."

-Pierre Lemieux, Member of Parliament (Glengarry-Prescott-Russell)

"Members of the Board of Directors of Le Chenail cultural centre are delighted that the Department of Canadian Heritage, as part of its official-languages component, has approved an operating grant of $27,000. This grant is critical to ensuring the continued existence of the cultural centre, which next year will celebrate 40 years since its founding. Thanks to grants and to many volunteers, Le Chenail will continue to carry out its mandate as a promoter and presenter of art, culture, and heritage."

-Paula Assaly, Executive Director, Le Chenail

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Development of Official-Language Communities Program

Le Chenail (French only)

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Contacts:
Marisa Monnin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Official Languages
819-997-7788

Jillian Lum
Manager of Regional Communications
Ontario Region
Canadian Heritage
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[email protected]

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