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Grande Prairie First Western Canadian City to Host the North America Francophone and Francophile Municipalities Network
Posted Date: 5/22/2018

From September 5 to 7, 2018, Grande Prairie is hosting the 2018 Meeting of the Francophone and Francophile Cities Network.

The event will be the first of its kind in western North America. The mid-term meeting will bring together government and industry representatives from Francophone communities across North America to develop strategies for increasing French tourism and economic development opportunities for all member municipalities.

It is also an excellent opportunity to highlight the rich and diverse French culture that we have here in Alberta. The focus of the conference is on the unique Franco Albertain culture, highlighting some of the successful French economic development projects from across the province and examining strategies for enhancing French culture and tourism.Francophone Conference 2018

Presentation highlights will include a look at Bonnie Doon, Edmonton’s unique French Quarter; the new implementation of the Alberta’s first French Policies; and the creation of a Provincial Francophone Advisory Council. Keynote speakers and a full conference agenda will be made available this summer.

The City of Grande Prairie has received enthusiastic support to host the meeting from a variety of Francophone organizations including the Association canadienne francaise de l’Alberta  (ACFA) and the local branch in Grande Prairie; The Alberta Bilingual Municipalities Association (ABMA); the Alberta Secrétariat Francophone through the Ministry of Culture and Heritage; and the Centre de la francophonie des Amériques, based in Quebec City.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact the City of Grande Prairie’s Economic Development department at 780-357-4969 for more information.

The City of Grande Prairie is proud of its strong French heritage and has been an active member of the North America Francophone and Francophile Municipalities Network since 2015. The network works across North America to “design and develop collaborative projects, build partnerships and create links to promote tourism and increase the economic, linguistic and cultural development of member cities, thus strengthening the vitality of Francophone communities and preserving their shared heritage.”

In early 2018, the City of Grande Prairie also became an official member of the Alberta Bilingual Municipalities Association, whose objective is to “bring together municipalities in Alberta highlighting the added value of bilingualism for sustainable economic development focusing on four pillars: Tourism, Workforce Attraction, Attraction of Investors and Green Energy Initiatives.”