Category: News

National Francophone Immigration Week: Celebrate a thousand flavours of the Francophonie

Community soccer matches, potlucks, dinners, film screenings, art exhibitions, book launches, school celebrations, round tables, musical performances, radio interviews, trivia/games nights…these are just some of the ways that Canadian communities will celebrate National Francophone Immigration Week, held this year between November 7th and 13th. This year’s theme is une francophonie aux mille saveurs (a thousand flavours

Let’s talk about (interprovincial) trade!

Did you know that together Quebec and Ontario represent more than 60% of Canada’s population and almost 60% of Canada’s total gross domestic product? The two provinces are (not surprisingly) each other’s largest trading partners and together they form the largest manufacturing centre in Canada. Both provinces also have large French-speaking populations—Ontario is home to

Read this and be inspired…

In June, Librairies indépendantes du Québec released a resource called Je lis autochtone! (I read Indigenous), a fifty-two-page booklet to help readers discover the variety and richness of Indigenous literatures. Je lis autochtone! includes a host of reading suggestions, advice from booksellers, book reviews, author interviews and portraits, and suggestions of other resources to learn

Commissioner Raymond Théberge reports on the state of official languages in Canada

The 2020–2021 annual report of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada, Raymond Théberge, was tabled in parliament few weeks ago. The report describes the state of official languages in Canada and presents solutions that could help the federal government meet its obligations under the Official Languages Act. Not surprisingly, Commissioner Théberge found that the pandemic has

Shining a spotlight on Canada’s Francophone artists

Thursday, June 24th is Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, and it’s also launch-day for the third annual Tout pour la musique. Tout pour la Musique is an online event that celebrates some of our country’s most accomplished artists and invites all Canadians, regardless of mother tongue,  to come together and show their pride in and solidarity with French-speaking

Starting with truth

My friend Marilyn, a Sinixt elder and Smum iem, says that we need to get to the “truth” before we can begin to talk about “reconciliation”. The summary report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada begins with some of these truths.  A few of these truths are becoming known – that Canada asserted

Have your say!

Have you filled out your census form? Every five years, Canadians are asked to participate in the census and their answers decide things like which Canadian communities receive a new school or hospital and how much money the federal government sends to the provinces and territories for health care. As my fellow blogger, Vanessa Lisabelle,

The Windhoek Declaration: press freedom thirty years later

Thirty years ago this week, African publishers and journalists gathered in Windhoek, Namibia to draft a statement proclaiming the need for an independent, pluralistic and free press as an essential component of democratic and economic development. World Press Freedom Day, May 3rd, is a day to honour journalists all over the world for their work

Carbon-neutral maple syrup, anyone?

AFKO, the Francophone organization in my community, just finished celebrating their annual sugar shack celebrations, which happened virtually for the second year in a row. I wrote about these celebrations last year in my blog post “The cabane à sucre must go on”. This year I thought I’d look into the maple syrup industry.  Did

Federal budget 2021: will it move Canada’s official languages closer to equality?

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland presented Canada’s long-awaited federal budget earlier this month. Titled “A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience”, the budget extends COVID business and health support, proposes a national child-care plan based on Quebec’s model, increases the federal minimum wage, and invests in green initiatives.  Canada’s Action Plan