CAMPBELLTON (GNB) – The artwork and promotional poster for the 31st edition of Provincial French Pride Week were recently launched at École Le Galion des Appalaches in Campbellton.

“It is always motivating to see our students use their creativity and express their talent in this way, with the help of an artist, in anticipation of holding an activity as rewarding as Provincial French Pride Week,” said Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Dominic Cardy. “This kind of creative activity is at the very heart of the objectives of the 10-year education plans and of the Linguistic and Cultural Development Policy to promote the full development and educational success of our young people.”

The artwork was produced by Grade 7 students under the supervision and guidance of art teacher Danielle Thibault, and of the community development officer, Pascal Saulnier. The artist who accompanied the school for the purposes of this creative work is Kathleen Gallant.

The painting, reproduced on a rustic door, symbolizes the opening of the new decade. In the centre appears the slogan: Une nouvelle décennie accueille la francophonie! (A new decade welcomes the Francophonie!). At the top is a pocket watch to illustrate the evolution of a whirlwind that shows people of all ages and different cultures highlighting the intergenerational and cultural differences of La Francophonie. The large open hand at the bottom of the poster evokes welcome. The bright colors represent the Francophonie and Acadie.

Each spring, the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development launches a contest in francophone schools to select a poster and artwork for Provincial French Pride Week the following year.

The week will take place from March 16 to 20. The opening ceremony will take place on March 16 at the École communautaire Ernest-Lang in Haut-Madawaska, Saint-François de Madawaska district.