Twenty-eight years and nine days after Sault Ste. Marie City Council passed its controversial English-only language resolution, the following proclamation was issued tonight by Mayor Christian Provenzano:
Whereas National Francophone Immigration Week is celebrated throughout Canada with the slogan: 'One language, one thousand accents;' and
Whereas taking note with appreciation that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada strongly believes that attracting, integrating and retaining French-speaking immigrants outside of Quebec contributes to enhancing the quality of communities by strengthening Canada's linguistic duality and increasing diversity within the communities, provinces and territories, and
Whereas considering the relations between French-speaking immigrants and the vitality of the francophone community in the community of Sault Ste. Marie at large, and
Whereas bearing in mind the positive impact that French-speaking immigrants have and have had on the City of Sault Ste. Marie;
Now therefore I, Christian Provenzano as mayor of the City of Sault Ste. Marie, do hereby proclaim that Nov. 4 to Nov. 10, 2018 as National Francophone Immigration Week in the City of Sault Ste. Marie.
The proclamation was made as a result of a request from a steering committee working to increase Francophone settlement services in Sault Ste. Marie.
"We look forward to working with the City of Sault Ste. Marie and the community in reaching its goal of increasing its population to 100,000 residents by 2037," committee representative Patricia Lofstrom told City Council tonight.
"Together, we can achieve this goal by becoming a more welcoming city to better attract and retain newcomers," Lofstrom said.