Category: Canadian Francophonie

Language duality in Canada: the power of French immersion

A text from Jill LeBlanc, French Immersion Language Arts Leader, Grades 7-12 for the Prince Edward Island Department of Education When we speak about linguistic duality in Canada, we acknowledge its value as “a cornerstone of our national identity” (OCOL). It represents both a great source of pride and a significant growth opportunity for each

There’s still time!

It’s almost the end of March but there’s still time to enter the RVF’s contests. Join Captain Acadia for the elementary schools Spelling Challenge, Put your language skills to the test with Acadian Destinations, and don’t forget about the Kitchen Party! You can also have a look at the RVF Journal for more films, articles,

The future belongs to those who struggle: A history of Le Droit

This week I decided to delve into Franco-Ontarian history. 108 years ago this week, the Ottawa-based newspaper, Le Droit, published its first issue. The paper was started by Charles Charlebois, Arthur Joyal, and a group of Oblate and Dominican priests calling themselves the “Association d’Education d’Ontario”. They were responding to a crisis; the imposition of

Fun for everyone: the RVF’s 2021 contests

Have you voted in the RVF’s Kitchen Party contest yet? My favourite recipes were Annabelle Parent-Garcia’s pineapple upside-down cake (she’s been making this family favourite since she was 5 years old), Daniela Ana Ciorna’s cottage cheese- and raisin-filled pastry pies (branzoici / poale-n brâu), and Denise McCrea’s Poppy Seed Loaf. I would be happy to

Finding work in a challenging time: work opportunities for young Canadians

It can be hard to find work these days, especially if you’re a young person. Canada’s January employment stats show that 19.7% of youth (15-24 years) are out of work, partly because the tourism and hospitality sectors have been deflated by the pandemic. This week I’m profiling just a few programs that may be valuable

IWD: we are on the move for pay equity!

It’s International Women’s Day 2021 and the Alliance des femmes de la francophonie canadienne (AFFC) is on the move for pay equity!   A study done last year by ADP Canada showed that there is still a gap between men’s and women’s incomes in Canada, and, as we know, the pandemic has only increased this gap.

Ready… set …. launch!

It’s March … and that means it’s the month of the Francophonie. The RVF is celebrating its 23rd edition with a variety of contests, activities, and resources. Let me give you a short tour. The RVF’s online newspaper  Want to know more about Acadian history? About contemporary Acadie? The RVF’s newspaper can be your go-to

Big changes proposed for Canada’s Official Languages Act

Last week Minister Joly released a long-awaited working paper describing the federal government’s plans for modernizing the Official Languages Act. The paper is called English and French: Towards a Substantive Equality of Official Languages in Canada, and it is sparking discussion all over the country.  The government plans to assemble a panel to turn these proposals

Yao welcomes YOU to the party

Last week I interviewed Yao, a Ottawa musician, producer, and entrepreneur and one of this year’s RVF spokespeople. I can’t imagine anyone better suited to this role. Born in Côte d’Ivoire, the child of Togolese parents, Yaovi Hoyi grew up in a house filled with music that came from all over the world. As a

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

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