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Francophone and Acadian Solidarity Day
Whitehorse, December 1, 2020 - The Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY) joins all the Francophone and Acadian communities across the country for a national day of solidarity. At the end of a year that has highlighted more than ever the vulnerability of French in Canada, we are asking the federal government to confirm a timeline for the modernization of the Official Languages Act.
The AFY is concerned that days before the parliamentary session breaks for the holidays, the federal government has given no sign of when it plans to introduce a bill to modernize the Official Languages Act. The communities are looking for a modernized Act that will, among other things, establish a central authority responsible for ensuring that language obligations are fulfilled across the federal government, and prevent the kinds of missteps on bilingual communications in emergency situations that we saw in the early months of the COVID-19 crisis.
"Violations of the Official Languages Act are frequent and can be seen even here in the Yukon. We would like an Act that is strong and has the teeth required not only to guide the actions of the federal government during the pandemic, but also to protect our official languages for many years to come," said AFY President Jeanne Beaudoin. "It's truly disheartening to be in the position of having to ask over and over again for something that was announced in the Throne Speech, and to have to remind the government that the future of French will not be assured without the necessary framework. Although the communities are united and make a profound contribution to the vitality of French in this country, the federal government needs to step up and guarantee their survival," she added.
The AFY encourages citizens to visit the website noslanguesofficielles.ca/ to write to their MP and ask them to act now to modernize the Official Languages Act.
Association franco-yukonnaise
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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Media Relations
Francis Lefebvre
Director, Communications and Community Relations
Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY)
867-668-2663, ext. 332
flefebvre@afy.yk.ca
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