Category: Miscellaneous

My RVF top 20 of 2020 (part two)

Categories: Miscellaneous

Last week and this week I’ve written about some of my favourite RVF blog posts this year. Continuing my list… In June, I wrote about Michif, a language developed by Métis people through the mixing of Plains Cree and Canadian French vocabularies, with words and phrases from English, Ojibwe, and other Indigenous languages. While Michif

My RVF top 20 of 2020 (part one)

It’s December, and I’ve been writing for the RVF for almost a year now. As I mentioned in my very first blog post, there are so many stories to tell and I’m really enjoying telling them.  This week and next, I’m looking back at my favourite 20 RVF blog posts of 2020. Here are the

Sign languages are for everyone!

On September 23rd, communities all over the world celebrated the International Day of Sign Languages (IDSL). This year’s theme: “Sign Languages are for Everyone!”  To spread that message, the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) promoted a #GlobalLeadersChallenge. The challenge invited national, global, and local leaders to use videos and social media posts to show

Franco-Métis artist Candace Lipischak paints at the rentrée culturelle

The Centre culturel franco-manitobain in Saint-Boniface, Manitoba is getting a splash of colour this fall, thanks to the Conseil jeunesse provincial. Earlier this month, during the Centre’s Grande rentrée culturelle des organismes francophones, multidisciplinary Franco-Métis artist Candace Lipischak worked with members of the Francophone community to paint a mural that honours the 40th year history

Take a (virtual) trip to Montreal 

I’m an architecture buff and I’ve been enjoying checking the Heritage Montreal blog. I spent some time in Montreal in 1986 and was back for a few days in 2011, but there are huge parts of the city I’ve never seen. The blog, which is available in French and English, is helping me find out

Two music festivals to round out your summer

In a typical year, more than a third of Canadians go to a music festival. 2020 hasn’t been a typical year by any measure, but many music festivals have adapted, offering virtual and “socially distanced” shows. This week, francophones and francophiles gather for two big music festivals, one in Quebec, and one in B.C. Earlier

B.C. francophones: share your memories!

The Société Historique Francophone de Colombie-Britannique (SHFCB) is putting together a snapshot of life in the time of COVID-19 and they want to hear from all B.C. francophones and francophiles. Mémoire de la traversée: francophones de la C-B dans la Covid-19 will collect the voices and experiences of francophone communities during the pandemic. These memories

Four short films from the Bas-Saint-Laurent

The National Film Board, in partnership with the Paralœil production centre in Rimouski, QC, has just launched the fourth edition of its 5 Shorts Project, which showcases the talent of filmmakers from different regions of Quebec. This year, the project celebrates independent artists from the Bas-Saint-Laurent, located along the south shore of the lower Saint

The show must go on

Much of live theatre’s power comes from the energy shared between actors and audiences. COVID-19 brought the curtain down on dozens of Francophone theatre companies in Canada this year, but many have found creative ways to stay connected with their audiences. Here are a few: Théâtre français de Toronto has offered free programming online, including

Ask questions at work!

Anyone can be injured at work, but young workers are more at risk because they usually have less experience and aren’t always aware that they can refuse unsafe work. A group of students from the Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec just won the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety’s annual “Focus on Safety Youth Video