Languages act to be celebrated

The Yukon government and the L’Association franco-yukonnaise will host a ceremony Thursday to mark the 20th anniversary of the Languages Act.

The Yukon government and the L’Association franco-yukonnaise will host a ceremony Thursday to mark the 20th anniversary of the Languages Act.

The Language Act allowed Yukoners to receive government services in French for the first time.

The ceremony begins at noon at the Yukon government administration building on Second Avenue and will include the raising of the flag la francophonie and a choral rendition of Yukon M’Appelle, the unofficial anthem of French-speaking Yukoners.

The two-decade-long evolution of French-language services in the Yukon are detailed in a temporary exposition to be unveiled by Glenn Hart minister responsible for French language services.

“There’s been a lot of documents to translate,” quipped Francoise La Roche, communications director for AFY.

The ceremony will also mark the launch of a new AFY website and French-language tourism guide. (TH)