Celebrating the French language in Nunavut
Watch for events in Iqaluit to celebrate Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie
The Government of Nunavut’s culture and heritage department is encouraging Nunavummiut to celebrate French language and culture for the next 17 days as part of Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, a cross-Canada celebration of all things French.
“The Department of Culture and Heritage is a proud partner of Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie’s 2014 programming and supports the vitality of Nunavut’s French language,” said languages minister Paul Okalik, in a March 7 GN news release.
In Iqaluit, from March 7 to March 23, l’Association des francophones du Nunavut is hosting a series of cultural and community events starting this weekend with a night of improv March 7 and a concert by Michel Rivard March 8, both at the francophone centre.
About 1,200 Nunavummiut speak French either as their mother tongue or as a second language, the release said. Most Nunavut francophones live in Iqaluit where 13 per cent of the population can converse in French.
The release identified ways the GN supports French in Nunavut including $285,000 in funding for 11 French language community initiatives in 2013-14.