Yukon Francophone Day 2014: Celebrating French-language Services in Yukon
Whitehorse, May 14, 2014 - For an 8th consecutive year, the Franco-Yukon flag will proudly fly in the Yukon sky on May 15, 2014 to mark the "Journée de la francophonie yukonnaise" (Yukon Francophonie Day). On this occasion, the Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY) and the Government of Yukon cordially invite all Yukoners to celebrate the continuing contribution of French speakers to the cultural, economic, and social development of the territory over the past nearly 200 years.A free reception open to the public will be held on Thursday May 15 at 11:30 am at the Visitor Information Centre Waterfront Plaza (100 Hanson St, Whitehorse). The unveiling of the new Bonjour Yukon logo during the event will mark the start of an awareness campaign to encourage people to take advantage of services available in French within the Government of Yukon, community organizations, and the private sector. "In celebration of Yukon Francophonie Day, the Yukon government together with the AFY, is pleased to launch the Bonjour Yukon logo, the symbol of active offer of French language services in the territory," said Elaine Taylor, minister responsible for the French Language Services Directorate. "We are committed to improving access and delivery of services in French to the franco-yukonnaise community, and Bonjour Yukon is a positive step towards our goal."Sylvie Painchaud will premiere her new song "Le toit du monde" (The Top of the World) inspired by AFY's project "Chronicling Yukon Francophone's History"."May 15 celebrates all those who have contributed and who contribute each and every day to building a strong and dynamic Franco-Yukon community and who actively participate in Yukon's development," mentions AFY president Angélique Bernard. "We thank the Government of Yukon for this important official recognition, as well as the City of Whitehorse and the City of Dawson for raising the Franco-Yukon flag above their respective city halls."Again this year, the AFY is pleased to be associated with Education Yukon's French Language Programs, and to offer schools throughout the territory the chance to participate in a unifying and festive activity: "L'arbre de la Franco-Yukonnie" (The Franco-Yukon community tree). Thanks to this initiative, French words will flutter by the hundreds in the Yukon sky along with the Franco-Yukon flag.Official voice and leader in the development of the Yukon French-speaking community since 1982, AFY aims to improve the quality of life of Yukon Francophones.