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March 7, 2011
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Acadian flag raised to kick off PEI's 2011 Francophonie Celebrations

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To kick off the 2011 Francophonie Celebrations on PEI this year, La Société Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin (SSTA) and the provincial government’s Acadian and Francophone Affairs Division jointly raised the tricolored Acadian flag in front of Province House in Charlottetown today to shine a light on the people it so proudly represents.

“Today, the Acadian and Francophone community of Prince Edward Island is being honoured,” says Maria Bernard vice-president of the SSTA. “It is a great pleasure for me to be here among you today to see our beautiful flag being raised, here, in front of Province House, while we sing our Acadian national hymn, the Ave Maris Stella.”

La Société Saint-Thomas-d’Aquin and its regional partners are inviting everyone to participate fully in the many activities being organized for the 2011 Francophonie Celebrations, starting today. The official opening ceremonies were held Sunday, March 6, at the Centre Acadien de Prince-Ouest in Deblois.

The organizing committee is made up of representatives of the Acadian and Francophone Affairs Division, Canadian Heritage, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, the Fédération culturelle de l’Î.-P.-É., Canadian Parents for French and the six francophone community centres of PEI.

For more information, visit the national website of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie

Media Contact: Bernice Arsenault
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