Category: Canadian Francophonie

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The Université de l’Ontario français in the news

The Université de l’Ontario français (UOF) is another step closer to opening.  This week the university’s board of directors named André Roy as the UOF’s new president. Roy, who is the Dean of Arts and Sciences at Concordia University, will start in the job on August 1st. Over the coming months, Roy and his team

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A day to enjoy Canadian cinema at home

April 22 is National Canadian Film Day / La Journée du cinéma canadien, a festival to celebrate the incredible achievements of our nation’s filmmakers. Due to COVID-19, the festival will be presented online this year. Here are some highlights of this year’s festival: ANTIGONE: Born in Rivière-du-Loup, director Sophie Deraspe is a leading figure in

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The cabane à sucre must go on

Mi’kmaq, Abenaki, Haudenosaunee, and other Indigenous peoples have enjoyed the sweet sap of the sugar maple tree for millennia. Over three centuries ago, French settlers learned from Indigenous people how to tap trees and boil their maple water down to a syrup used to cure meat. Maple syrup and celebrating le temps des sucres with

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Linguistic security: a stepping stone to progress

Back in the early 1980s, my grade seven French teacher, Mr. Belcourt (who was from Quebec) made a point of telling us that the Alberta school curriculum required him to teach us what he called “Parisian French” and not his own French, the French he learned in his home province. I wonder now how he

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Identity, pride, and friendly competition: the Canadian Francophone Games will be back soon!

The last three weeks have seen thousands of Canadian arts, sports, and entertainment events canceled or postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One postponement that will be felt deeply by Canadian youth is that of the Jeux de la francophonie canadienne (JEUXFC) 2020, planned for July in Victoria, British Columbia. JEUXFC organizers, the Victoria 2020

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What is school like without a classroom?

French schools in the Atlantic region are finding out since COVID-19 closed them earlier on March. While awaiting further direction and resources from their provincial and school board authorities, Atlantic schools have taken to social media to share activities, information, and support with parents and families. For example: École Boréale, a K-to-12 school in Happy

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Test your skills with the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie

It’s almost the end of the Month of the Francophonie. This year’s theme is “at the heart of a change” and we’ve certainly seen our share of change over the last two weeks. Don’t forget about the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie’s online contests. There are some big prizes available and you could win them! The

The Association de la presse francophone (APF) has good news for Canadians

I’ve been thinking about the value of news and journalism as I’ve been “social distancing” this week. It has never been more important that Canadians have timely, reliable, truthful, and local news. The personal and collective decisions we make depend on it. And the decisions we make do matter. I have some good news about

histoire francophonie canadienne

Canada was originally a French-speaking country. Now, it’s largely Anglophone. What happened?

Canada, which for a long time was completely Francophone, is largely Anglophone today. This shift was the result of several conscious and deliberate choices on the part of France! It was not in fact the English who were primarily responsible. An exemplary queen First of all, it should be noted that Queen Elizabeth II, Canada’s head

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The National Film Board: Dreaming, learning, inspiring, acting, speaking

I’m a Francophone film fan, so of course I was delighted to watch the RVF’s five film programs, curated by the National Film Board (NFB). This is the 15th year of this partnership, which makes French-language films available to Canadians online and at screenings in more than 70 Canadian communities (*note: some events may be