Catherine Cano, the first woman in history to become International Organisation of La Francophonie administrator
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Ottawa, Mar 27 (Canadian-Media): Catherine Cano became the first woman in history to take the highest position at the International Organisation of La Francophonie (IOF), as administrator, media reports said.
Catherine Cano. Image credit: Twitter handle
This nomination was highlighted by Mélanie Joly, Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie, and Nadine Girault, Quebec’s Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, during a joint press conference with Cano.
The Government of Quebec which had been a member of the IOF since 1971, was the first federal state to obtain full membership.
Working in conjunction with the governments of Canada, Quebec, New-Brunswick, and with other IOF members, Cano would work towards promoting the French language, including in the digital space to carry out the organization’s mission, and economic growth in the francophone area.
The governments of Quebec and Canada would encourage greater deployment of La Francophonie’s economic strategy toward rigorous and transparent management of IOF resources.
“With her diverse management experience as well as her extensive knowledge of the media...Cano will be a valuable asset to the IOF..as the organization prepares to hold the Tunis Summit in Tunisia in 2020, which will mark its 50th anniversary. The appointment of Ms. Cano is a recognition of Canadian leadership in La Francophonie when it comes to promoting the values of democracy and transparency, and respect for human rights,” said Joly.
“I am very proud that Quebec is well represented at the highest levels of the IOF... Cano will be able to use her experience and expertise to further modernize the IOF’s governance,” said Girault.
Canada has worked actively within La Francophonie since its inception and with the support of its provincial partners, was one of the first countries to promote La Francophonie and supported the creation of its institution
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Ottawa, Mar 12 (Canadian-Media): In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Our Official Languages Act, Canada has initiated review of the Act after it announced in June 2018 its intention to modernize it, media reports said.
The Official Languages Act is reportedly a Canadian law that came into force in 1969, which gives French and English equal status in the government of Canada. This makes them "official" languages, having preferred status in law over all other languages. It requires all federal institutions to provide services in English or French on request.
The last major reform of the law was in 1988 and recent calls to update the same, including from a Senate committee that late last month said the act needs to be applied more effectively and consistently.
Government of Canada is conducting national discussions on promoting culture and bilingualism in the digital age, federal institutions that embody official languages, and Canada’s place of Official languages in the world, as well as mobilization, development and importance of official-language minority communities to meet the new challenges they face.
“The Prime Minister has tasked me with reviewing the Official Languages Act...to reflect the changes in our society... 50 years after its adoption...our approach is based on open dialogue and meaningful collaboration with key stakeholders. I am grateful to everyone who joined the conversation in Moncton on the promotion of culture and bilingualism,” said Mélanie Joly, Federal Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie.
Mélanie Joly (left)/Twitter
As part of a Canada-wide tour, the Joly visited Moncton (New Brunswick) today to lead a forum on cultural and bilingualism promotion.
Many ideas and suggestions were made by elected officials from various stakeholders present from the English- and French-language communities.
The Moncton forum is one of a series of meetings in several cities across Canada designed to provide Minister Joly with food for thought on the main issues and on the best approaches for modernizing the Official Languages Act.
All Canadians have been invited to to take part in the forums to share their thoughts and comments on the role of English and French in Canadian society to complement the consultations and reviews already conducted by other bodies concerning the language of government communication, work of federal public servants and the promotion of official languages.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)