Category: Culture

Celebrating Rouleauville

Categories: Culture

Someone vandalized three bilingual traffic signs in Calgary’s historic Rouleauville neighbourhood last week. They sprayed-out “Arrêt”, leaving only “Stop” visible. Sheila Risbud, president of the Association canadienne française de l’Alberta, said the act showed a “flagrant lack of respect for one of the country’s two official language communities.” That May is Alberta’s Francophonie Month adds

May 15th, Yukon Francophonie Day

On May 15th, residents of Yukon celebrated Journée de la francophonie yukonnaise, a day that recognizes the contributions of Francophones to the territory. French Canadians and francophone Métis first settled on the lands of the Gwich’in, Hän, Kaska, Tutchone, Tagish, Tanana, and Tlingit people almost 200 years ago. These first visitors were fur traders working

Francophones and Francophiles, it’s time for a slam…

The third edition of Slame tes accents is happening now.  This international competition, put on by the Centre de la francophonie des Amériques, invites Francophone teachers and students from all over the Americas to create a “slam poetry” video reflecting the diversity and multiplicity of French accents in the Americas. You can watch the 60-to-90

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“Bibliodiversity” in Quebec’s book industry

April 23 was UNESCO’s World Book Day, so I’ve had a look at Quebec’s French-language book industry.  Would it surprise you to hear that French-language Canadian books outsell English-language Canadian books two-to-one? Why is this?  It has a lot to do with Quebec’s effective cultural policies.  Quebec isn’t the only province that publishes and sells

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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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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

Vive les voyageurs Festival

Tap your feet to the beat of French-Canadian music at Fort Langley National Historic Site’s annual Vive les Voyageurs Festival in January. Enliven your senses with the traditional foods, music and culture of the 19th century French-Canadian and Métis fur traders of early British Columbia.

In partnership with Parks Canada

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How’s your Rendez-vous going?

I hope you are enjoying your month of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie so far! If you haven’t looked at the RVF Journal, I encourage you to – it’s great reading. There are links to the National Film Board’s L’espace francophonie (free movies!), the Language Portal of Canada, and lots of other activities, contests, and

Memories await you

Categories: Culture Miscellaneous

Don’t just imagine what grandiose looks like, immerse yourself in it. Experience the best of history, of nature, and of adventure from coast to coast. Admission is free for youth 17 and under. 450 000 km² of memories. Discover. Connect. Protect.

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