LANSING — State Representative Bill LaVoy (D-Monroe) introduced a resolution today declaring Oct. 4 as French-Canadian Heritage Day in Michigan. The resolution was passed by voice vote.

“French-Canadians have been exploring and living in the Great Lakes area for 400 years,” LaVoy said. “I’m proud that so many of my colleagues co-sponsored this resolution and joined me in supporting it on the House Floor.”

According to U.S. Census data, an estimated 165,000 Michigan residents have French-Canadian heritage.