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Andrée Lortie
Chair, Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue

Time flies. The RVF are celebrating their 20th anniversary!

Over the years, the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF) have grown into a major national event.

What began as an effort to show Franco-Canadians the vitality of their diverse communities has become a multi-week pan-Canadian celebration of the country’s linguistic duality, featuring activities in English and French. Faithful to its mission, the Canadian Foundation for Cross-cultural Dialogue intends to pursue this initiative in a way that consolidates and increases support for linguistic duality in Canada, while promoting the Canadian Francophonie in the period surrounding the Journée internationale de la Francophonie.

This year, we are placing a special emphasis on Francophone entrepreneurship.

We want to share with all Canadians the important contributions made by financial, cultural and social enterprises to Francophone communities and to the growth of the Canadian economy.

Happy anniversary to the RVF!

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The Honorable Mélanie Joly
Minister of Canadian Heritage

I am very pleased to welcome you to the 20th Rendez-vous de la Francophonie.

Arts, culture and official languages are a priority for our government. We are pleased to support the Rendez-vous, which gives Francophones and Francophiles the chance to celebrate their cultural and linguistic heritage, as well as to express their pride in the French language.

The Rendez-vous is an undeniable example of the richness, diversity and strength of French in Canada. It fosters closer ties among Francophone and Acadian communities all across the country, while promoting the French language and showcasing the Canadian Francophonie in all its diversity.

As Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for Official Languages, I invite all Canadians to take part in this major celebration of the French language and culture in Canada. I thank the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue and all those who have worked to make this event a success. Enjoy the Rendez-vous!

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Jean-Marc Fournier
Minister responsible for Canadian Relations and the Canadian Francophonie

United for French!
The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, which are celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2018, continue to illustrate eloquently how strong the French language is in Canada, by highlighting the contribution of Francophone and Acadian communities to the Canadian identity.

The Gouvernement du Québec, a loyal partner in this annual event, is once again joining this major gathering to express its pride in being part of this Francophone heritage that unites us.

I invite Francophones and Francophiles from far and wide across the country to celebrate the Canadian Francophonie and to join forces to enable French to take its rightful place.

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Calin Rovinescu
President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Canada

Air Canada is proud to display the maple leaf and to represent Canadian values at home and around the world. Our country's rich bilingualism is one of the values we proudly cultivate. In fact, we are one of the most bilingual private companies in Canada. Also, the expansion of our international network to Paris, Lyons, Marseille, Brussels, Geneva, Casablanca and Algiers, opens our doors to new horizons nurturing the diversity and the richness of our Canadian Francophone culture. We are very proud to support the 20th edition of Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, which brings together Francophones, Francophiles and Anglophones to celebrate our Canadian Francophonie that keeps shining around the World.

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Claude Joli-Coeur
Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the National Film Board of Canada (NFB)

The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF) celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, and the NFB is marking the occasion with an enriched offer of more than 20 films in four thematic programs, screening across the country, and a special selection of films online.

As we take part in RVF festivities for the 13th year, the NFB is delighted to bring together audiences of all ages through documentaries and animated films that explore the many stories of Canada’s francophone communities.

Enjoy the films!

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Neil Wilson
President and CEO, NAV CANADA

NAV CANADA is proud to once again sponsor Les Rendez-vous de la Francophonie. The Company and its employees live by the values described in this year’s theme of Diversity, Duality and Dynamism, and we are proud to honour and elevate Francophone communities across the country.

This 20th edition of Les Rendez-vous marks an important milestone, and serves as a reminder of the vital role that Canada’s 9.5 million Francophones and Francophiles play in our communities. This year’s celebration promises to be one to remember – bons Rendez-vous!

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Stéphan Déry
Chief Executive Officer
Translation Bureau
Public Services and Procurement Canada

I am proud that the Language Portal of Canada is, once again this year, an important partner of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie.

The Language Portal, a flagship product of the Translation Bureau at Public Services and Procurement Canada, provides Canadians with free access to online language resources to help them improve their skills in English and French.

Take advantage of the Rendez-vous to visit canada.ca/our-languages, check out The Our Languages blog and subscribe to the Portal’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. You can also become a Portal ambassador, like me.

Together, let’s celebrate the Francophonie and its great value to Canada.