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Provincial day of recognition celebrates contributions of Ontario's Francophone community

Sudbury ON, September 23, 2015 - On the occasion of the festivities surrounding the Day of Franco-Ontarians and Franco Ontariennes, the rector and vice-chancellor of Laurentian University, Dominic Giroux, congratulates all of the Francophone community the province for his achievements and for the holding of major events taking place, moreover, in the 400 th  French presence in Ontario anniversary.


First bilingual university in Ontario officially recognized under the Act French Language Services , Laurentian based in particular and for that one week of celebrations four major events contributing to expand the Francophone space in Northern Ontario and across the province :


  • the banquet of Franco-Ontarians of ACFO of Greater Sudbury, Thursday, September 24;
  • the raising of the Franco-Ontarian flag at the University of Sudbury, Friday, September 25;
  • the French Fest Slague, Friday, September 25;
  • 5 th Francophone Symposium of the School of Medicine of Northern Ontario,

from 24 to 26 September.


Recall that the members of the university community of Laurentian are also behind the creation of the Franco-Ontarian flag which this year celebrates its 40 th  anniversary and played a leading role in the development of flagship organizations Franco-Ontarian culture including Éditions Prise de parole, the Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario and the Night of the pond.


"I am proud to belong to the francophone community of our province and I congratulate all those and all those English and French who celebrate the Day of the Franco-Ontarian and Franco Ontariennes says Dominic Giroux, President and Vice-Chancellor Laurentian University. I am also proud of the growing leadership exerted Laurentian University with the francophone community since its inception. "


Through its Office of Francophone Affairs, Laurentian concluded this year more than 50 agreements with its university and community associations to enhance the development and vitality of French-speaking culture in Ontario.




About Day Franco-Ontarian and Franco Ontariennes

Unanimously adopted by the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 2010 and celebrated on 25 September, the Franco-Ontarian Day and Franco Ontariennes recognizes the contribution of the Francophone community in Ontario to the cultural, historical social, economic and political of the province.


About Laurentian University

Laurentian University offers an unparalleled experience in English and French, as well as a comprehensive approach to Aboriginal education. Located in the traditional territory of the Anishinabe people of the First Nation Atikameksheng, it prepares students to become agents of change and empowers them to create innovative solutions to future local and global issues. Students benefit from small class sizes and exceptional employment rate in Ontario after graduation. With nine Canada Research Chairs and nineteen research centers, Laurentian is a recognized leader in its specialized areas of research, including the mining and mineral exploration innovation, stressed aquatic systems, child health in rural and northern areas, and particle astrophysics. Laurentian University has received more than $ 100 million in research grants over the past five years.


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For more information or to request an interview, please contact:


Joanne Musico Benoît Clément          

Chief Communications Senior Advisor, Strategic Communications

Laurentian University Office of Francophone Affairs - Laurentian U.

705-675-1151 ext 3445 705-675-1151, ext 3393                                  

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