Stay tuned for some surprises tomorrow as you celebrate the Francophonie today!

Shared by over 274 million people worldwide and one of the only two languages spoken on all continents, French is one of the world’s most influential languages. It is also the second-most studied language in the world and, as an official language of countless international bodies, it is used far and wide in the realms of journalism, jurisprudence, academia, business and diplomacy.

In a fantastic kaleidoscope of usage, French brings together diverse cultures from across the planet, opening new vistas to all who speak it.  It is a language of connection, opportunity, inclusivity and prestige. It is a language of the future.

That is why, as a part of countless events surrounding the Journée internationale de la Francophonie today, Canadians from coast to coast are joining together to celebrate the French language all month long.

Notably, this 21st edition of Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie also marks the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act, drawing our attention to the importance of Canada’s official and indigenous languages. Indeed, the deep—and oftentimes complex—relationships forged between these languages have contributed to Canada’s founding, shaped its identity and defined its values.

A night full of surprises

Upon the invitation of the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue, hundreds of partner organizations, dignitaries, government officials and other VIPs will join together this evening in festivities culminating this 21st edition of Les RVF.

To be held, very fittingly, at the new state-of-the-art tech pavilion, Eccentricate at College La Cité in Ottawa, the event will not only celebrate the benefits of Canada’s official language duality in our lives today, but it’s also sure to give stakeholders a chance to collaborate on a vision for the future.

In a thrilling invitation, the Foundation for Dialogue has promised a soiree full of surprises, including the much-anticipated unveiling of its presently top-secret new national project.

The excitement doesn’t end today. Stay tuned for the great reveal!

Kirsten McPherson