Category: Canadian Francophonie

The Butterfly Effect

It is said that the fluttering of a butterfly’s wings can trigger a tornado at the other end of the globe. According to the theory of the butterfly effect, small actions can have great impact. When I saw the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie’s (RVF) new poster I thought to myself; the French language has become

2012: Common Passion and Mutual Respect

If we rely on the news the last weeks of 2011, it safe to say that the year 2012 will bring a few hot topics for the Francophonie. Since the creation of this blog, many issues have arisen in the media. These highlight the importance played by the French language here and elsewhere in the

“The Acadians of New Brunswick love to celebrate French!”

Not long ago I presented on this blog the work of provincial and territorial coordinators for the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF). So here we are just a few weeks later, at the beginning of a long journey that will take us across the country where I will meet each of the coordinators who will

JESSICA HOLMES and BOUCAR DIOUF will Blow Your Mind Over La Francophonie !

The Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue is proud to announce that it has enlisted two “lovers of French”, Jessica Holmes and Boucar Diouf, as the official spokespersons for the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF), which will run from March 9 to 25, 2012. Every year, the RVF celebrates French by highlighting on its Web site

French: Difficult Language?

We often hear that French is a difficult language. But is it just a difficult language to learn or is it also difficult to love? Its many exceptions, complex grammar, reformed spelling and difficult punctuation scare quite a few. However there are many, who like me, love the French language in all its complexity. “Exception:

Social Media: Threat or Opportunity?

At a time when Facebook has become the most popular social media with about 800 million users, one can wonder what place the French language and culture can occupy in this new virtual world. Should we be wary of new media or should we believe in its potential to reach the world with just a

The Organisation Behind the Celebration

The Rendez-vous de la Francohponie (RVF) is a huge celebration that brings together Francophones, Francophiles, Anglophones and Allophones from all over the country. Every year during the two weeks surrounding the Journée internationale de la Francophonie (March 20th), hundreds of activities are organised throughout the provinces and territories of Canada. People gather together to share

When the Francophonie Becomes a Means of Economic Diversification

Canada Economic Development for Québec Regions and Canadian Heritage recently invested thousands of dollars in French cultural projects across Canada. Recent federal contributions will allow Canadian Francaphonie to shine in British Columbia, Québec, Ontario, New Brunswick as well as France and Louisiana. Canada Economic Development’s (CED) Community Diversification program supports the efforts of communities from

French Web Series in the Spotlight

If you think that soap operas, series or documentaries are just for TV, think again! With the appearance of web series, audiovisual productions are leaving the small screen for even smaller screens. The emergence of new media favors the creation of non-traditional means of communication and showcases the talent of Canadian creators. TV5 Québec Canada

Building Bridges Across the Atlantic Through French Song

No one could have said it better than Yves Duteil in his song “La langue de chez nous”… “It’s a beautiful language, who’s words are superb and who’s history is shared through its accents…”  His words, hummed for the first time more than 25 years ago still resound today in the heads and in the