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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

Celebrate Francophone and Acadian culture with the Festival du Bois!

It’s fun, it’s free, and it’s coming to your hometown. It’s the 2021 Festival du Bois.  This year’s (online) festival features a variety of music and entertainment, ranging from the Québécois podorythmie of Genticorum to the electrifying zydeco of Montreal’s Le Winston Band.  Organized by the Société francophone de Maillardville with support from l’Association Francophone

Language duality in Canada: the power of French immersion

A text from Jill LeBlanc, French Immersion Language Arts Leader, Grades 7-12 for the Prince Edward Island Department of Education When we speak about linguistic duality in Canada, we acknowledge its value as “a cornerstone of our national identity” (OCOL). It represents both a great source of pride and a significant growth opportunity for each