OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 15, 2011) - Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament (Ottawa, Orleans), on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology), will announce a new, large-scale research project on the history of the French language and culture in North America.

Media representatives are invited to attend the announcement.

Who: Royal Galipeau, Member of Parliament (Ottawa Orleans)
Hon. Allan Rock, President, the University of Ottawa
Dr. Gisèle Yasmeen, Vice-President (Research) of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Dr. Antoni Lewkowicz, Dean, Faculty of Arts, the University of Ottawa
Dr. France Martineau, Department of French and project lead
When: Wednesday, March 16, 2011
1:30 p.m.
What: Announcement of a SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiatives grant
Where: University of Ottawa
Simard Hall
Room 114
169 Waller St.
Ottawa, Ontario

SSHRC is the federal agency that promotes and supports university-based research and training in the humanities and social sciences. Through its three funding programs—Talent, Insight and Connection—SSHRC enables the highest levels of research excellence in Canada, and facilitates knowledge-sharing and collaboration across research disciplines, universities and all sectors of society.

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