Harper Government Invests in the Centre culturel ARTEM
NEW LISKEARD, Ontario, May 5, 2012 - An investment in the Témiskaming Francophone community will help stimulate the economy and create jobs. Funding for the Centre culturel ARTEM (ARTÉMISKAMING) was announced today by Jay Aspin, Member of Parliament (Nipissing–Temiskaming), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
The Centre culturel ARTEM, a not-for-profit organization, will present a variety of cultural and artistic experiences, such as performances and visual arts exhibitions, to promote the cultural vitality of the Témiskaming Francophone community. These activities will support the long-term development of the Francophone minority community while contributing to the economic vitality of the region.
“Our Government received a strong mandate from Canadians to invest in the economic future of Franco-Ontarian communities,” said Minister Moore. “By supporting the activities of the Centre culturel ARTEM, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support official-language minority communities.”
“Our Government is proud to support an organization that works for the development of the Témiskaming Francophone community,” said Mr. Aspin. “The Centre culturel ARTEM provides local Francophones and Francophiles with access to programming that focuses on Francophone culture, thus fostering a strong sense of pride and identity.”
“On behalf of the Centre culturel ARTEM, I would like to express our sincere thanks to Canadian Heritage for this financial support under its Development of Official-Language Communities program,” said Ruth Belliveau–Blain, President of the Centre. “For 27 years, ARTEM has presented cultural, musical and social activities in the Témiskaming community. Without this support, ARTEM could not carry out its projects and programs.”
The Government of Canada will provide $50,000 ($25,000 in 2012–13 and $25,000 in 2013–14) in funding through the Community Life component of the Development of Official-Language Communities Program. This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage aims to foster the development of Canada’s minority Anglophone and Francophone communities and enable them to participate fully in all aspects of Canadian life.
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