Canadian Francophone Games celebrated as part of Francophonie Day in B.C.
The Province has announced March 20, 2020, as B.C. Francophonie Day.
This year’s theme is “Canadian Francophone Games: Celebrating our francophone youth and their excellence in sports, leadership and the arts.”
“Today, we celebrate the invaluable contributions made by francophones and francophiles in the development of B.C.’s rich history, cultural and economic growth,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs. “We support a strong and inclusive B.C. and are proud to support the 2020 Canadian Francophone Games. I am looking forward to seeing the talents showcased by its young participants.”
The 18th Journée de la Francophonie en Colombie-Britannique will celebrate the organizers of the Canadian Francophone Games, which will take place in B.C. for the first time.
The B.C. government is contributing $500,000 to the games that will be held in Victoria July 14 to 18, 2020.
More than 1,200 youth will participate in the Canadian Francophone Games, the largest gathering of young French-speaking Canadians between the ages of 14 and 18. The goals of the games are to provide youth with opportunities to promote French language and culture, and boost confidence and leadership skills, through more than 70 events in arts, leadership and sports.
“The 2020 Canadian Francophone Games are a great opportunity to showcase Victoria, our capital city, on a national stage,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “With over 1,200 youth participants and many more attending the events, the games will not only promote B.C.’s thriving francophone community, they will also be a big boost for our hotels, restaurants and other local businesses.”
The games will be held at École Secondaire Oak Bay High school and at École Willows Elementary school in Victoria.
“Learning French sets students up for success and creates opportunities across Canada,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education. “The francophone games and Francophonie Day are a chance for kids to take their learning out of the classroom, have fun and meet others.”
Each year, the Journée de la Francophonie en Colombie-Britannique honours the contribution of a community group or an individual who helped advance the Francophonie in the province.
This year, Dix recognized the 2020 Canadian Francophone Games Organizing Committee for its efforts in inspiring youth to be proud of their heritage, while helping them develop their leadership, arts and sports skills. Marie-Pierre Lavoie, president of the 2020 organizing committee, received the award on behalf of the committee.
“We are very grateful to the B.C. government for its ongoing support of the Victoria 2020 Canadian Francophone Games,” said Lavoie. “This announcement demonstrates the positive impact of such a project on the French-speaking youth in B.C. and across the country, as well as on the future of our community.”
The B.C. government is taking more steps to better recognize and celebrate B.C.’s vibrant francophone community. In 2019, the Province announced an investment of $250,000 in community projects to improve access to French language services for francophones in British Columbia. This is part of a five-year commitment made in 2018.
To learn more about the 2020 Canadian Francophone Games, visit: https://jeuxfc.ca/english/