Aca­dian com­mu­nity, Sum­mer­side forg­ing closer ties

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

Sum­mer­side’s Com­mit­tee of Coun­cil has rec­om­mended that a pro­posed col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ment be­tween the city and La Belle-Al­liance be ac­cepted.

La Belle-Al­liance is a Sum­mer­side-area ad­vo­cacy group for Aca­di­ans and fran­co­phones. Some of its rep­re­sen­ta­tives pro­posed the col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ment to coun­cil at a pre­vi­ous meet­ing.

The agree­ment would be a com­mit­ment from both groups to work closer to­gether to of­fer French ser­vices and at­tract French-fo­cused tourism and spe­cial events.

The mo­tion to make the rec­om­men­da­tion was passed unan­i­mously by the com­mit­tee. The full coun­cil will vote later this month whether to ac­cept the rec­om­men­da­tion.

If it does, the col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ment would be valid un­til March 31, 2022.

La Belle-Al­liance es­ti­mates that about one-third of all Sum­mer­side area res­i­dents are of Aca­dian and French her­itage.

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