2020 marks 3 major anniversaries.
First, the International organization of La Francophonie turns 50 this year. The creation of this organization in Niamey, on March 20, 1970, was a milestone for our large French-speaking family.
It was on April 2, 1970 that the Canadian Cultural Center was inaugurated in Paris. A one-of-a-kind within the Canadian diplomatic network, the Center promotes Canadian culture and values in France.
Lastly, it was on September 7, 1969 that the Official Languages Act came into force in Canada. This law sets French and English as the official languages of Canada on an equal footing. If today, almost a quarter of the Canadian population use French as their first language spoken, it is because this law allows Francophones living in minority situations – Manitobans, New Brunswickers, Albertans or Canadians living in some other province or territory – to obtain essential services in French.
Through the testimony of young Francophones and artists, come and discover the diversity and dynamism of these Francophone communities who live in regions where English prevails.
How do they survive? How does youth within these communities live this Francophone identity? How are these communities supported by different levels of government? What role does culture play in Francophone harmony?
This conference gives us a unique opportunity to discover and share the experiences of the pan-Canadian Francophonie.