Today, nearly a quarter of the Canadian population speaks French as its first language. Beyond Quebec, Francophones live in minority situations in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Alberta and elsewhere. They make the choice to live in French and defend their rights to exist in their native language on a daily basis, whether it be for their children’s schooling or access to health care.
To immerse yourself in the world of these French-speaking Canadians who, in one way or another, belong to a small minority, join us for a series of three round table discussions on Canadian Francophonie as seen by those who create, think and promote the French language and francophone culture across Canada.
- Monday, March 22 at 8:00 p.m. (GMT +1): Challenges facing the Canadian and Acadian Francophonie in the 21st century: demographic and geographic realities, historical and cultural influences.
- Tuesday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m. (GMT +1): Creating in French in Canada
Geneviève Toupin, Métis singer and songwriter from Manitoba
Gabriel Osson, poet, novelist, artist and president of the Association des auteures et auteurs de l’Ontario Français (“Ontario French Author’s Association). His latest novel, Le jour se lèvera, received the Alain-Thomas 2021 Award at the Toronto Book Fair.
- Wednesday 24th March at 20:00 (GMT +1): Francophonie and Autochtony
Professor Jérôme Melançon, Philosopher, Department of Francophone and Intercultural Studies, University of Regina (Saskatchewan)
Pierrot Ross-Tremblay (Innu), Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Intellectual Traditions and Self-Determination and Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa (Ontario)
These round tables will be moderated by Mr Ivan Kabacoff, host of Destination Francophonie on TV5 Monde. They will last 45 minutes and will be broadcast on Youtube and on the Facebook pages of the Canadian Cultural Centre & the Embassy.