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IV Games of La Francophonie

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Name Value
Date of Issue February 28, 2001
Year 2001
Quantity 2,500,000
Perforation or Dimension 13.5
Series IV Games of La Francophonie
Series Time Span 2001
Printer Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited.
Postal Administration Canada

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Pane of 16 Stamps

Quantity Produced - 312,500
Original Price: $7.52
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 33 mm x 45 mm (vertical)
Printing Process: Lithography (seven colours) and varnish
Gum Type: P.V.A.
Tagging: General, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

Official First Day Cover combination

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Cancellation Location: Hull QC
Original Price: $1.24
Perforation: 13+
Dimension: 33 mm x 45 mm (vertical)
Printing Process: Lithography (seven colours) and varnish
Gum Type: P.V.A.
Tagging: General, four sides
Paper: Tullis Russell

About Stamp

Every four years, athletes and artists from the more than 50 countries making up La Francophonie gather in a unique combination of competition encompassing sports and culture. The IV Games of La Francophonie will take place in Ottawa-Hull from July 14 to 24, 2001 with approximately 2,600 athletes attending. Two domestic-rate ($0.47) stamps celebrate this unique and anticipated event.

La Francophonie

More than 50 governments and countries are members of La Francophonie, a loosely united group of nations in which French is a first, official, or culturally significant language. Within this group of nations there is much diversity in culture, traditions, lifestyle and cuisine, and during the 1987 Francophonie Conference at Quebec City, it was decided that games celebrating these similarities and diversities would be held every four years in one of the member countries.

The Games of La Francophonie

Organizers cite many purposes of the Games: to showcase member countries; to encourage closer relations between member countries; to promote the originality of Francophone culture; and to provide an arena for sports and cultural activities. The first Games were held in Morocco in 1989 with 30 countries and 1,800 participants in attendance, while the second Games took place in Paris in 1994 and attracted 3,000 participants from 43 countries. Madagascar hosted the third Games, in which 35 countries and 1,500 participants were involved.

The IV Games

Slated to be held in Ottawa-Hull, the 2001 Games of La Francophonie are expected to draw 2,600 athletes from more than 50 countries, along with approximately 100,000 visitors. The resulting economic impact on the National Capital Region is estimated at $70 million. Events will take place in Lansdowne Park and at Mooney's Bay in Ottawa and at the Robert Guertin Arena in Hull, with an opening ceremony in Lansdowne Park on July 14 and a closing ceremony on July 24 at Casino de Hull/Leamy Lake. Between June 24 and July 24, a "Super Francofête" -performances and shows put on by participants from around the world - will be staged at various locations throughout the region.

Activities and Events

Major activities include performances, an international food fair, bazaar, fireworks, and the sports and cultural competitions. Sporting events include athletics, basketball, boxing, soccer, judo, table tennis, beach volleyball and handisport - a demonstration handicapped sport event. The cultural competitions, a feature unique to the Games of La Francophonie, involve competition in which winning artists are awarded gold, silver or bronze medals, just like the athletes. Disciplines include singing, story-telling, dance, literature (poetry), painting, photography, sculpture, and the demonstration activity of street performing.

The Stamps

Designer Clermont Malenfant of Montreal uses two illustrations based on actual photographs to reflect the two main components of the Games of La Francophonie - the sports competition and the cultural competition. The male high-jumper and the female dancer represent the individual effort in sports and culture aimed at reaching excellence, but stress differences in skills and talent needed to do so.


Based on a photograph by Guy Lavigueur.

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Canada Post Corporation. Canada's Stamp Details, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2001, p. 28-29.

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