WINNIPEG, MANITOBA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/29/13 -- Federal, provincial and territorial ministers responsible for the Canadian francophonie are meeting in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on September 4 and 5, 2013, for the 18th Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie. The theme of the conference is "Early childhood development: essential to the vitality of the French language and French-speaking cultures."
Mr. Greg Selinger, Premier of Manitoba and Minister responsible for Francophone Affairs, will chair the provincial-territorial meeting, and co-chair the federal-provincial-territorial meeting with the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
Media representatives can obtain their accreditation directly on site starting at 8:30 a.m. on September 4 and at 12 noon on September 5, at the following events:
Wednesday, September 4, 20139 a.m. OPENING ADDRESS Michel Boivin, Full professor, Ph.D. (Psychology), Universite Laval Mariette Chartier, R.N., Ph.D., Professor and Research Scientist, Manitoba Centre for Health Policy Theme: Early childhood development: essential to the vitality of the French language and French-speaking cultures Michel Boivin and Mariette Chartier will deliver the opening address. They will talk about the importance of early childhood development as a crucial stage in human development. They will also discuss the specific characteristics of early childhood development in the Canadian Francophonie. Location: Forks Ballroom, Inn at the Forks2:15 p.m. PHOTO OPPORTUNITY - Prior to the start of the conference proceedings Photographers and camera operators will have access to the meeting to take photos and video footage prior to the start of the conference proceedings. Location: Forks Ballroom, Inn at the Forks Only photographers and camera operators will be allowed to enter.Thursday, September 5, 201312:15 p.m. MINISTERS' PRESS CONFERENCE Location: Forks Ballroom, Inn at the Forks Media representatives who will not be able to attend the Minister's press conference may participate by conference call. To participate, dial 1-877-413-4804 and confirm with the agent that you wish to participate to the Press Conference of Ministers on the Canadian Francophonie.
The Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie, created in 1994, is the only intergovernmental forum that brings together the ministers responsible of the Canadian Francophonie. The Conference works for an opened, dynamic and diverse Francophonie that contributes to and participates fully in the growth of Canadian society. Visit the website of the Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie at www.cmfc-mccf.ca.
Press Secretary to Cabinet
Government of Manitoba