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

March 20, 2019

Hotel Halifax, Halifax, Baronet Ballroom 
Nova Scotia

Growing Up at the Intersection of Challenges and Ambitions: What Does the Future Hold for Immigrant Youth?

The last 50 years have been marked by increasing ethnic and cultural diversity among Francophone youth. Almost a third of immigrants arriving in Canada between 2011 and 2016 were under the age of 25. From the point of view of Francophone communities, immigrant youth represents an investment in their future. This panel will examine the factors that shape the educational, social and economic integration of young French-speaking immigrants. What strategies have been implemented to meet their needs?

  • Sociodemographic Profile of Young French-speaking Immigrants in Canada Outside Quebec, 2016 pdf(see presentation) Brigitte Chavez, Statistics Canada
  • Integrating Students from Immigrant Backgrounds in the Francophone Schools of Halifax: Challenges and Recommendations pdf(see presentation) Malanga-Georges Liboy, Université Sainte-Anne (Nova Scotia)
  • Plus1 — It’s Better Together! pdf(see presentation) Manon Gueno, Conseil jeunesse provincial (Manitoba)
  • Pablo in Ontario: An Unlikely Journey, Pablo Mhanna-Sandoval(Ontario) 

Supporting, Strengthening and Promoting Francophone Expertise in the Settlement Sector to Provide Equitable Access for French-speaking Immigrants

Service providers, as well as the populations they serve, operate within a framework defined by constraints and opportunities that influence the relationships between newcomers and host communities. The panel aims to better understand this framework and the interplay between the needs of service providers and users.

  • Working Toward a Stronger Settlement Sector  (see presentation)Yves Saint-Germain, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)
  • Resources and Needs of Organizations in the Francophone Settlement Sector (see presentation), Marie-Ève Forest, Sociopol
  • Foreign-born Francophones Who Have Settled in Atlantic Canada: Context, Access, Experience, Representations (see presentation), Dominique Pépin-Fillion and Guillaume Deschênes-Thériault, Canadian Institute for Research on Linguistic Minorities (CIRLM)
  • Information Guide on the Role of Municipalities in Francophone Immigration (see presentation)Cyrille Simard, Mayor of Edmundston (New-Brunswick)

Challenges, Strategies and Successes: An Overview of the Realities of French-speaking Immigrant Women

What should be considered when addressing the specific issues facing immigrant women? What strategies do immigrant women adopt in response to their challenges? How can Francophone communities support them? The participants will share their thoughts on the practices and conditions conducive to the successful integration and full engagement of French-speaking immigrant women in all spheres of society.

Civic and Citizen Engagement of Francophone Immigrant Women

  • Fayza Abdellaoui, Mouvement ontarien des femmes immigrantes francophones (Ontario)
  • Halimatou Ba, Université de St-Boniface (Manitoba)  -pdf see presentation 
  • Danielle Bélanger, Department for Women and Gender Equality
  • Jade Boivin, University of Ottawa (Ontario)
  • Phylomène Zangio, Conseil des personnes d'ascendance africaine du Nouveau-Brunswick 

Reinventing the Official Languages Act in the Era of a Pluralist Francophonie

Updating the Official Languages Act provides an opportunity to reflect on how the evolution of Francophone communities has kept pace with ever-increasing diversity. The panellists will share their thoughts on how to truly account for this pluralism through representations and concrete actions capable of ensuring the harmonious management of diversity within Francophone communities.

  • An Act Made for the Realities of Canada in 2020 , Alain Dupuis, Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne (FCFA) du Canada
  • Methods and Measures for Establishing Integration Indicators for Immigrants from Official Language Minorities pdf(see presentation)Jack Jedwab, Canadian Institute for Identities and Migration
  • Migration, Mobility and Plural Francophonies, Srilata Ravi, University of Alberta