Category: Culture

Hats Off to Second Language Teachers!

We’ve all met influential people who have had a significant impact on our lives. Among those people are grade school and high school teachers who play a key role in our lives. With over 4200 members across the country, the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers (CASLT) is involved in enriching the community. I spoke

What’s the Best French Accent?

French is spoken in many ways across the country. It brings with it the sounds of different accents which add to the richness of the language and the Francophone culture in Canada. What do you think is the most beautiful French accent? When we listen to the news, whether on the radio or television, we

Planting Our Roots

I’m always amazed at how popular Canadian artists are abroad. It’s quite impressive to discover the number of Francophone artists that become famous in Europe and the United States. A recent headline caught my attention: “Les Français se sont approprié nos chansons” – The Cowboy Fringants. Then Monsieur Larzhar, the Oscar-nominated Canadian film directed by Philippe

Cultural blending north of the 60th parallel

On this snowy winter day, my virtual trip to meet with provincial and territorial coordinators of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF) brings me north of the 60th parallel, the Northwest Territories (NWT). “Today, it’s minus 31 degrees and minus 42 with the wind”, says the coordinator Émos Dumas from Yellowknife. While speaking with him

French Kiss: Question of language

Dear readers, you will need to be receptive and open-minded because today I’m puckering-up and offering you all a French kiss! Don’t worry; it’s just a manner of speaking. But who would pass up a French kiss? Has anyone ever explored the link between the French language and a kiss? Have you ever wondered where

Our Accents Broadcasted on TV

Francophones and Acadians from all around the country may soon see themselves on TV. A TV channel project dedicated to these communities is now in the works. The new pan-Canadian channel Accents will highlight the realities of Francophone and Acadian communities. The Web will be also used and will promote the new channel as well

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

Jocelyne Saucier receives the Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie

Congratulations to author Jocelyne Saucier who recently became the first Quebecer to receive the Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie. Her novel Il pleuvait des oiseaux, published by éditions XYZ, takes place in northern Ontario. The jury, whose assignment was to choose a writer whose work showcased a specific cultural experience that enhanced 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