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McMaster University’s Department of French announces official accreditation for its Mac-O Franco Ontario project

Hamilton, October 26th 2015 – The Department of French is pleased to announce that its Mac-O Franco Ontario project has received official accreditation by the organization responsible for overseeing all activities to celebrate 400 years of French presence in Ontario. The Mac-O Franco Ontario project is integrated within the French 1A06 course and students will present the results of their research on December 7th at the Student Centre with regional not-for-profit francophone organizations and members of the francophone and francophile community in attendance.

“This activity is a perfect fit within the Department’s mission,” stated Eugène Nshimiyimana, Chair of the Department of French at McMaster University.  “It will highlight francophone diversity through our first year students’ voices and research.  By making our students aware of our francophone cultural heritage, we will ensure that this new generation will have an inalienable feeling of belonging to a community which is strong, diverse and open to others.”

“We are thrilled that our project has been officially recognized, especially since it will enable our students to participate in a historic event, at both provincial and university levels,” commented Suzanne Crosta, professor and Mac-O Franco Ontario project leader. “Through this project, almost 200 students will have the opportunity to discover our Franco-Ontarian heritage and to interact with various French-speaking stakeholders from the community.”

All members of the francophone and francophile community are invited to partake in this celebration of Franco-Ontarian heritage, which will take place at the Student Centre on Monday December 7th from 10am to 3pm.

This project was made possible thanks to, in part, financial support from Assemblée de la Francophonie de l’Ontario (AFO) and Canadian Heritage, the two organizations responsible for managing celebrations of 400 years of French presence in Ontario.

About McMaster University’s Department of French

For many years already, McMaster University’s Department of French has been supporting initiatives to foster discovery of la francophonie from here and abroad.  This year, the department is particularly looking forward to highlighting Ontario’s francophonie within the celebrations of 400 years of French presence in Ontario.  The departmental project Mac-O Franco Ontario was hence created and incorporated to the oral activity requirements of Prof. Suzanne Crosta’s French 1A06 course. For more information regarding the Department of French courses and Bachelor, Masters and PhD programs, visit www.french.mcmaster.ca.

About 400th Anniversary of French Presence in Ontario

Heritage preservation and, especially, transmission of French Ontario’s cultural heritage is at the core of the community programming for the commemorations of the 400th anniversary of the French presence in Ontario. It is intended not only as a tool for developing a sense of belonging in Ontario’s francophones, but also a source of wealth in order to promote the cultural diversity and collective memory of Ontario as a whole.  For more information, visit www.ontario400.ca.

For further information or for media inquiries, please contact:

Hélène Caron, Mac-O Franco Ontario event organizer

Department of French, McMaster University

Email : caronh@mcmaster.ca

Phone: 905.525.9140 extension 24470