Aca­dian com­mu­nity lays down ground­work for more


Wel­com­ing and in­te­grat­ing fran­co­phone new­com­ers was the fo­cus of a dis­cus­sion fo­rum pre­sented by the Coopéra­tive d’in­té­gra­tion fran­co­phone (CIF) on Fri­day. Around 40 peo­ple, mostly em­ploy­ees and vol­un­teers, at­tended the Sum­mer­side event held at Credit Union Place.

Guest speak­ers trav­elled from Que­bec and New Brunswick to talk about the im­por­tance of pre­par­ing the re­ceiv­ing en­vi­ron­ments to im­prove new­comer in­te­gra­tion, the role mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties can play and the good prac­tices im­ple­mented else­where in Canada. Dur­ing the work­shops, the par­tic­i­pants split up into small groups to dis­cuss their ex­pe­ri­ences and the ac­tions that need to be taken mov­ing for­ward.

At the end of the day, the par­tic­i­pants were in­vited to com­mit to tak­ing at least one ac­tion in the next six months to bet­ter wel­come and in­te­grate fran­co­phone new­com­ers to the prov­ince.

The Pop­u­la­tion Ac­tion Plan for Prince Ed­ward Is­land, launched by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment in the spring of 2017, was trans­lated into French for the oc­ca­sion. Min­is­ter of Work­force and Ad­vanced Learn­ing Sonny Gal­lant said, “This Pop­u­la­tion Ac­tion Plan out­lines our plan of ac­tion to grow our pop­u­la­tion and strengthen our work­force in com­mu­ni­ties across Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

The suc­cess of this Ac­tion Plan will de­pend, in large mea­sure, on our abil­ity to work to­gether.”

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