Wow! We really needed that summer break… This fall, for many, it was both back to work and back to school. But when it came to our Francophonie, there were no summer holidays. Instead, we made headlines, brought Francophones together and sparked debates!
Here’s an overview of what went on in the world of La Francophonie over the summer.
At the height of the summer, the 6th Jeux de la francophonie canadienne in Gatineau, Quebec, brought together hundreds of young Francophone athletes, artists and leaders (ages 13 to 18) from across the country. This event ran from July 23 to 27 under the theme "Unis d'un accent à l'autre" (united across accents), and provided the opportunity to showcase a number of talents and to strengthen the sense of solidarity within Canada's Francophone community. The Quebec team took the honours with 23 gold medals, followed by New Brunswick with 22 gold medals and Manitoba with 7. All in all, close to 400 medals were handed out. For a full report on the event, visit the Jeux de la francophonie canadienne (www) website.
Next came what could be described as a sizzling selfie, the Congrès mondial acadien 2014 (www), which showed off the best of Acadian culture in northeastern America. For 17 days, from August 8 to 24, a number of activities took place in one or another of the 50 different municipalities in the lands and forests of Acadia. This region includes the counties of Victoria, Restigouche and Madawaska in New Brunswick, as well as the county of Aroostook in Maine, USA, and the county of Témiscouata in Quebec. More than 50,000 visitors took part in the Congress, which included huge gatherings, seminars, an economic summit and community activities.
The Congrès mondial acadien got the mayor of the city of Québec dreaming about creating a North American network of Francophone and Francophile cities in the old capital. Linking the culture and history of North America’s Francophone and Acadian communities proved to be a very interesting undertaking! When you consider that approximately 20 million of us on this continent speak French, it makes sense for us to work together to preserve our heritage and to support our economic development. Read the following to learn more about this project: ICI Radio‑Canada (www).
As of September 1, Canada’s all new Francophone TV station Unis (www) is finally on the air! Francophones from across the country will get to see themselves on the screen because the shows will be filmed in every part of Canada. In fact, one of the TV station’s mandates is to produce original Francophone content outside the Montréal area and the city of Québec. Unis, an initiative of TV5 Québec Canada, is now part of the digital basic television service (cable or satellite) across the country. No subscription required! For your Unis station, just enter your postal code here (www).