Canadian Parents for French set out to find those French second language program graduates that are winning with French. With the support of Canadian Heritage, Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages, and Radio Canada these graduates shared how bilingualism has enriched their lives!
We discovered Olympians, journalists, business executives, teachers, engineers and pilots! Meet these French language champions from all walks of life who shared their stories.
Run Away and Join the Circus with Anahareo
Testing Choppers with Adam
Leaving on a Jet Plane with Katherine
A Career in Journalism? Music to Maryse’s Ears!
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Since 2004, French for the Future’s National Ambassador Youth Forum (FNJA) reunites students across Canada for a week of intense learning with the goal of creating bilingualism ambassadors.
Participants have to share what it means to be a young Canadian in a country that has two official languages, the ups and downs associated with it and the challenges they face. In short, to be an ambassador.
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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act, Laura Lussier and Shaunpal Jandu took a road trip. They spent 50 days crossing the country and sharing their passion for linguistic duality, a fundamental principle that lies at the very core of our Canadian identity.
Videos are available with details of their adventure, filled with memorable encounters with Canadians from all walks of life.
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While a day trip to Winnipeg to visit the Canadian Museum of Human Rights has been out of reach for many of us, it’s been possible to experience some of the museum’s collections and learn all about human rights at home or in the classroom, in both official languages.
The museum’s “Learn About Human Rights at Home” program features video tours, teacher guides, and virtual fieldtrips, making it possible for families and classes across Canada to increase their respect and understanding of human rights.
Through its virtual experiences, the Canadian Museum of Human Rights encourages reflection and dialogue, leading participants to serve as a positive force for change in the world.
From better employment opportunities and higher wages to expanding knowledge about another culture, being bilingual offers many benefits.
The Bursaries for Postsecondary Studies in French as a Second Language (FSL) Program aims to encourage young Canadians whose first official spoken language is English to study in French. Its goal: to help students entering their first year of college or university to perfect their bilingualism while studying in their field of interest.
Thanks to this bursary program from the Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne (ACUFC), youth across Canada can make linguistic duality a part of their daily life and a part of their future professional life too!
How do businesses find success in Ontario? By reaching out and connecting with their entire customer base, whether they speak English or French, or both!
The “Bonjour Welcome” project hosts a growing directory of 491 businesses that offer their services in both official languages, making it easy to find a company that caters not only to anglophones, but to francophones and francophiles too.
Bonjour Welcome is much more than a directory: it’s a clever awareness campaign of videos that makes viewers smile while gently reminding the more than 1,500,000 Ontarians who speak French to approach businesses en français. With Bonjour Welcome, the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario and its partners make linguistic duality a natural part of doing business in Ontario.
Great news for parents, educators and anyone else who wants to learn and practice a second language: the FREE Mauril App puts a treasure-trove of CBC and Radio-Canada content at your fingertips!
The Honourable Mauril Bélanger was a former member of Parliament and Minister who championed linguistic duality throughout his political career. He passed away in 2016 after a courageous battle with ALS and his many friends resolved to honour his legacy. The Mauril App is the result of their efforts, bringing Canadians on a game-like learning journey via a library of entertaining comedies, thought-provoking current affairs programs and educational documentaries from CBC and Radio-Canada.
From wine and poutine to maple syrup and the Montreal Canadiens, there are many ways to experience the joy of Francophone culture. Whether you’re fluent or just speak “un petit peu”, there’s never a bad time to flaunt your Frenchness!
This is why the Société francophone de Maillardville invited people from Greater Vancouver to share their enthusiasm for the French culture. They were encouraged to “Flaunt their Frenchness” in a fun campaign aimed at increasing awareness and appreciation of the French culture. By taking it out of the classroom and into everyday life, everyone can enjoy a little “joie de vivre!”
Do you have an inspiring project or initiative to share? One that brings together anglophone and francophone Canadians? We want to promote and feature innovative and unifying projects from across this great country.