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50 Years of Official Languages in Canada: Reflecting on Inclusion and Diversity in a Francophonie That Is Reaffirming Its Legitimacy

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the first Official Languages Act. Against this backdrop, there is talk of modernizing the Act, of giving new impetus to linguistic duality and, above all, of reaffirming the importance of French and the Francophonie in Canada. But which Francophonie? Linguistic accommodation includes the accommodation of various diversities. Are immigrants – and, within this broad category, women ang young people from immigrant backgrounds – truly able to find their place in this Francophonie that is seeking to reaffirm its legitimacy? The 13th Journée de réflexion sur l’immigration francophone will provide an opportunity to reflect on the issues associated by these faces of diversity that are part of a Francophonie mobilized by a major social project, 50 years after the great language rights achievements of 1969.

The conference on innovations in Francophone immigration!


The main objectives of the day are:

  • To provide an update on the challenges and opportunities surrounding Francophone immigration;
  • To encourage high-level discussions between communities, researchers and federal, provincial and territorial governments;
  • To increase knowledge creation, sharing and dissemination to inform the actions and strategies in Francophone immigration.

For the past 12 years, the Journée de réflexion sur l’immigration francophone has been made possible though the financial support and collaboration of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).