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Yukon Francophonie Day 2015: a call for celebration
Whitehorse, May 15, 2015 - For the ninth consecutive year, the Franco-Yukon flag will proudly fly in the skies above Whitehorse and Dawson City on Friday, May 15, 2015 to mark the "Journée de la francophonie yukonnaise" (Yukon Francophonie Day). This special day is an invitation to all Yukoners to celebrate the ongoing contribution Francophones have made to the cultural, economic and social development of the Yukon for nearly 200 years.
"On this 9th Yukon Francophonie Day, I offer my congratulations to the Association franco-yukonnaise and the Yukon francophone community for their many contributions to Yukon", said Elaine Taylor, Minister responsible for the French Language Services Directorate. "The Yukon government is proud to work with AFY and looks forward to our continued partnership for the benefit of all Yukoners."
Here are some of the activities organized to highlight and share the vitality, vibrancy and joie de vivre of the Franco-Yukon community:
• At 1:00 p.m.: Musical show with interactions at Copper Ridge Place for seniors and people with reduced mobility
• At 2:00 p.m.: Outdoor line dancing to Bottine Souriante music at Rotary Peace Park, bringing together 200 young people from four Whitehorse elementary schools, including École Émilie-Tremblay
• From 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.: Reception at MacBride Museum featuring fun and festive New Orleans music from the 1920s to 1950s swing jazz, a light snack, child care and activities for children
"We are thrilled to see how Yukon Francophonie Day has grown and gained in popularity over the years," said Angélique Bernard, President of the Association franco-yukonnaise. "We thank the Government of Yukon for this important official recognition, as well as Education Yukon's French Language Programs for doing such a good job of engaging the young people. Our thanks also go to the cities of Whitehorse and Dawson for raising the Franco-Yukon flag each year. And last but not least, thank you to all Francophone Yukoners who make the French language shine in all areas of our community life.
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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Nancy Power, Communications and Community Relations Director
Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY)
867-668-2663, ext. 332
communications@afy.yk.ca
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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