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35 Youths to Represent the Yukon at the Canadian Francophone Games
Whitehorse, July 15, 2014 - On July 22, a Yukon delegation of 35 youths and 10 coaches and chaperones will fly to Gatineau to take part in the 6th Canadian Francophone Games, which will be held July 23-27, 2014.
"The Canadian Francophone Games are a unique opportunity for young French speakers across Canada to discover the richness and diversity of the Canadian francophonie, and to create new friendships," stated Roch Nadon, Director of Youth Services at the AFY. "We are especially proud to be offering this opportunity to the largest Yukon delegation of young French speakers ever sent to the Games."
Minister Taylor will be attending the Opening Ceremonies on July 23 in Gatineau, and will be visiting each of the Yukon delegates the following day during their training sessions, competitions and activities.
"The Canadian Francophone Games are among the largest gatherings of Canada's French speaking youth," said Elaine Taylor, minister responsible for the French Language Services Directorate. "The games represent a unique opportunity for our youth to celebrate their francophonie, be proud Yukon ambassadors and share their talents with other young bilingual Canadians from coast to coast to coast in a celebration of arts, sports and leadership."
In 2011, the Yukon delegation returned from the Games having earned a silver medal in track and field (2000 metres) and the title of eco-responsible delegation. It was an extraordinary life experience and an ideal opportunity to build ties with other young Franco-Canadians.
Since the first Canadian Francophone Games, over 20,000 people from near and far have taken part. The Games offer wonderful encounters, an exciting experience in French, as well as a complete program of festivities. The Games are held every three years in the summer, with each event hosting some 1200 participants and requiring over 750 volunteers.
Follow the daily performance of the Yukon team at the Games (Équipe Yukon JFC 2014) on this blog (in French):
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.
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Olivier de Colombel, Communications and Community Relations Director
Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY)
867 668-2663, extension 332;
Merci au ministère du Tourisme et de la Culture du Yukon, à l’Aurore boréale et aux autres organismes et individus qui nous ont permis d’utiliser leurs photos.
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