Pan/Parapan Am Games Secretariat
Ontario Supporting Francophone Culture at 2015 Games
Pan Am/Parapan Am Games Will Showcase Franco-Ontarian Spirit
Ottawa, November 7th, 2014 - Ontario is partnering with the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue (Dialogue Foundation) to highlight Francophone culture leading up to and during the TORONTO 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games.
The province is providing $ 100,00 to the Dialogue Foundation to incorporate Franco-Ontarian talent, heritage amd traditions into Games events, including local torch relay celebrations. In partnership with Franco-Ontarian arts, culture and community groups, the Dialogue Foundation will help promote Franco-Ontarian culture in all its diversity, adding to the excitement of the 400th anniversary of Francophone presence in Ontario in 2015.
Supporting a memorable and successful 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games is part of
the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by
investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and
transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a
secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
"The 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games is our chance to showcase Ontario's diversity, culture
and heritage to the world and I'm pleased that we'll have the opportunity to celebrate the
important contributions that Franco-Ontarians have made to this province over the past
— Michael Coteau, Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games
"Ontario's history is rich with its Francophone community's achievements and culture. I am
proud to see that these historic 2015 Games will be an opportunity for the Franco-Ontarian
community to showcase its talent and heritage, as it commemorates 400 proud years of
presence in our province."
— Madeleine Meilleur, Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs
"Ontario's Francophone community is comprised of people who come from every culture
and community. We are thrilled to ensure that the vitality and the energy of Franco-Ontarians will be part of the TORONTO 2015 Games in a very special 400th Anniversary year.''
— Andrée Lortie, Chair, Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue
- The Games will attract as many as a quarter million visitors
- The Dialogue Foundation was the lead partner for the highly successful Francophone
celebrations and programs at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic and Paralympic Winter
- More than 600,000 Francophones live in Ontario, the largest French-speaking
community in Canada outside of Quebec.
- The Ontario government will provide $5.9 million to support cultural celebrations
marking the 400th anniversary of Francophone presence in Ontario next year.
Blane McPhail, Minister's Office, 416 326-9329
Denelle Balfour, Communications Branch, 416 326-4846
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With its experience at the Vancouver Games, the Dialogue Foundation offers to play an active role with the Organizing Committee, provincial and federal governments and French language communities, to ensure participation of Francophones from all countries in the Pan American and Parapan American Games in Toronto in 2015. The Dialogue Foundation now has expertise that would greatly help to promote inclusion of the official languages in many facets of organizing these Games.
The Dialogue Foundation aims to bring Canadian Francophonie together to consult and set together the objectives of our involvement. Many community and public agencies and organizations work for development of the French language in the country and are therefore likely allies for optimizing broadcasting of the Canadian Francophonie during the Toronto Games 2015.
Given the location of the event and the creation of direct benefits for the hosting community, the Dialogue Foundation believes that it is vital to include the Ontario Francophone community, represented by the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO), the umbrella organization and political voice of Francophones in the province. It acts as spokesperson and voice for Francophones. The AFO would be mandated to mobilize local, regional and provincial organizations.
Signing of a cooperation agreement
To demonstrate the Canadian Francophone community's involvement in organizing the 2015 Toronto Games, the Dialogue Foundation proposes creation of a cooperation agreement between the Toronto 2015 Organizing Committee, the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue and the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario. Such an agreement would confirm the signatories' roles, engage the partners to work towards the Games' success and clarify areas of cooperation.
Creation of a strategic intervention plan and an action plan.
Following the signing of a cooperation agreement, the Dialogue Foundation intends to create a working committee comprised of representatives from various Francophone communities to identify the major issues of collective action. This working group will carry out an action plan which will develop specific initiatives to reach the objectives set by the community.
On November 6, 2009, Toronto was awarded the significant honour of hosting the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. In July and August 2015, Toronto and the greater Golden Horseshoe region will have the enormous pleasure of welcoming more than 10,000 athletes, coaches and officials from 42 countries in the Americas and the Caribbean as part of the 17th Pan American Games.