Category: Canadian Francophonie

Iqaluit’s École des Trois-Soleils now has room to grow

Categories: Canadian Francophonie

Twenty years ago, the world’s most northerly French language school, the École des Trois-Soleils, opened its doors in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Now, thanks to new federal and territorial funding, the school will be able to expand to host all the region’s Francophone students under one roof. At the moment, the school lacks some amenities and students

Sharpen your pencils! The National Essay Contest is here

If you are a French-speaking high school student or know one, you may have heard of the French for the Future National Essay Contest. Launched in 2005, the contest promotes Canada’s official bilingualism and the immediate and lifelong benefits of learning and communicating in French to students from grades 7 to 12.  Essays are due

Speaking up for Campus Saint-Jean

Provincial budget cuts have put the future of Alberta’s only French post-secondary institution at risk and the Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta (ACFA) is taking the government of Alberta and the University of Alberta to court on the matter.  Their case will rely on two arguments. First, that reducing funding to Campus Saint-Jean (CSJ), which is

Meet the Melansons

I met the Melansons this weekend. The Melansons, who tell their story in a documentary called In French S’il Vous Plait, are a bilingual Acadian family living in the largely English-speaking city of Halifax.  Well….I didn’t actually meet the Melansons, but, watching them in the film, it feels like I did. Christine and Fabien, the

It’s time for a Fransaskois senator in the house

  There hasn’t been a fransaskois senator in the upper house since 1976 when French-speaking Metis William-Albert Boucher finished his term.  The Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise (ACF) wants to change that.  There are 105 seats in the Senate, with a designated number for each Canadian province and territory. Saskatchewan has six seats, and two of these

Celebrating Canada’s co-operatives and co-operators

Quebec Agricultural Hall-of-Famer Serge Riendeau and Youth Entrepreneurship Promoter Jason Rivest were big winners at the Cooperatives and Mutuals Canada (CMC) Awards this year.  Riendeau’s 2020 Achievement Award reflects his outstanding contributions to Canada’s  coop sector. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Dairy Commission in Ottawa, and was president of the Agropur

Building welcoming communities for new Canadians that speak French

Like‌ ‌95%‌ ‌of‌ ‌Canadians,‌ ‌my‌ ‌ancestors‌ ‌came‌ ‌to‌ ‌Canada‌ ‌from‌ ‌other‌ ‌places.‌ ‌ ‌Each‌ ‌year,‌ ‌Canada‌ ‌receives‌ ‌immigrants‌ ‌from‌ ‌around‌ ‌200‌ ‌different‌ ‌countries‌ ‌and‌ ‌Canada’s‌ ‌‌2020-2022‌ ‌Immigration‌ ‌Levels‌ ‌Plan‌‌ ‌anticipates‌ ‌the‌ ‌arrival‌ ‌of‌ ‌over‌ ‌one‌ ‌million‌ ‌new‌ ‌permanent‌ ‌residents‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌next‌ ‌three‌ ‌years.‌ ‌ Immigration‌ ‌benefits‌ ‌Canada‌ ‌by‌ ‌filling‌ ‌in‌ ‌gaps‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌labour‌ ‌market‌ ‌and‌ ‌boosting‌ ‌many‌ ‌sectors‌ ‌of‌

A brief history of the Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique (part two)

Many B.C. Anglophones like me know little about what the Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique (FFCB) does, and that’s a shame.  In the 75 years since its founding by community members, the organization has transformed the Francophone and Francophile space in B.C. There are 73,000 Francophones and 316,000 people who speak French in B.C.

A brief history of the Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique, the early years

On June 24, people all across Canada were celebrating Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, and British Columbia’s Francophones had even more reasons to celebrate — the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique (FFCB). The FFCB brings together over 40 associations that work to expand francophone spaces and the role of French

Good news from the Supreme Court of Canada

The Supreme Court of Canada released a big decision about minority language rights last week.   In a 7-2 ruling in favour of the Conseil scolaire francophone and the Fédération des parents francophones de la Colombie-Britannique, the court decided that French-speaking students in B.C. deserve an education that is substantially equivalent to English instruction, and not