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Table of Contents
3 Thriving in French Immersion
6 If Ever There Was A Time To Be Innovative,
Now Is The Time!
9 Me + Moi + Canada Contest Winners
12 The Role of French Immersion Programs in the
Vitality of British Columbia’s Linguistic Duality
17 Not All Superheroes Speak French, But
CPF Wants to Celebrate Those Who Do!
2 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
8 CPF PROJECTS
Winning with French: Where Are They Now?
10 CPF RESOURCE
Cinéfranco: Festival international du film francophone
14 CPF RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY
Be Brave, Speak French!
16 Bursaries for Postsecondary Studies in French
as a Second Language Program
18 Exploring What Le Centre de la Francophonie
des Amériques Has to Offer
20 KEY CPF CONTACTS ACROSS CANADA
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Bingo du Quartier
Canadian Parents for French is a nationwide, research-informed, volunteer organization
that promotes and creates opportunities to learn and use French for all those who
call Canada home.
n these very unusual and uncertain times,
we want you to rest assured that Canadian
Parents for French continues to work for
our members, students and on projects across
the country. Our usual business operation may
have changed but we have adapted to the
situation around the COVID-19 pandemic, with
our National and Branch staff working remotely
and still accessible to serve you.
I would also like to take this opportunity
to THANK all CPF Staff and Board Members for
their leadership over the past several months. A
big thank you to all volunteers who had events
and activities planned that had to be cancelled.
It has been challenging, but please remember
that many of those events may still be able to
take place once social distancing restrictions
start to be lifted.
Please take the time to read the articles
in this edition of our magazine. There are
wonderful and relevant articles on some of
our projects like, “Linguistic Security”. A
relatively new term that speaks about second
language learners needing to feel secure when
they use their skills outside of the classroom.
You will also discover some resources that may
be helpful in keeping language skills ‘alive’ while
we are socially isolating.
We will continue to provide information to
update you through our communiqués. Please
ensure that your email is set up to receive them.
I would encourage you to use technologies such
as ‘GoToMeeting’ and ‘Zoom’ to communicate
with others in your local communities, and they
are a great way for your children to speak with
friends and classmates in French.
Enjoy this issue and please, stay healthy! n
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2 CPF MAGAZINE SPRING 2020
BY CAROLINE ADDERSON
Pierre & Paul Avalanche
I knew almost from his conception that
I wanted my child in French immersion.
CPF MAGAZINE SPRING 2020 3
grew up in Alberta at a time when
a typical French class involved
repeating phrases from a filmstrip. I
still remember the tedious parroting of
«Voilà Monsieur Thibault. Voila Madame
But after high school I joined
Katimavik, a nine-month volunteer
program that sent groups of young
people, French and English, to live and
work in communities across Canada.
During those nine months I learned
enough French to host a program on
Rouyn-Noranda’s Radio Coopérative. I’m
not fluently bilingual, but I can hold my
own in conversation, and this has greatly
enriched my life. Of course I wanted the
same for my child.
Conveniently, by the time my son
was ready to start kindergarten, a French
immersion program had opened in the
school a block from our house. I prepared
him by enrolling him in a French day camp
during the summer. I prepared myself
by taking out a membership in Canadian
Parents for French. I also looked around
for useful reading materials, but there
seemed to be few options. All I could get
my hands on were French picture books,
which were too difficult for an English
reader, or picture dictionaries, which
Despite my efforts to ready him,
my son floundered in kindergarten. Then
he floundered in Grade One. He wasn’t
the only one having difficulties. Many
of his classmates, particularly the boys,
struggled. But my kid struggled the most;
I know because I volunteered in the
classroom. My child was the only one
who left Grade One without knowing
how to read.
That summer I agonized about
keeping him in immersion. I still believed
that, despite the challenges of learning
in a second language, the benefits would
eventually far outweigh them. But would
his self-esteem survive? In the end, I
pledged to double-down my efforts to
help him and, since there seemed to be
no appropriate reading materials, that
included writing them myself. I was, after
all, a writer.
I took inspiration from our vacation
in France several years earlier, when
I observed my then three-year-old
interacting happily with French children
who spoke no English. I imagined two
boys, one French (Pierre) and one
English (Paul), and invented for them
some simple stories where they played
together and understood each other
in context, just like real children do.
There was no translation. When Pierre
asks «Qu’est-ce que tu veux manger?»
Paul simply answers, “Anything but
salad.” The context and the illustrations
facilitated comprehension. The concept
was so simple that I was surprised no one
had published books like these before.
My agent loved them and confidently
shopped the two stories around.
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Very soon we discovered why these
books didn’t already exist. “Immersion”
truly meant: No English Allowed!
Educators were strict about not mixing
the languages and publishers publish
what educators want.
So I put the stories away.
But attitudes, as well as educational
methods, change. A few years ago my
agent contacted me to say Owlkids Books
was looking for a writer for a bilingual
children’s book. Fifteen years after I
wrote the Pierre and Paul stories, those
two little boys were finally released from
my filing cabinet. Thankfully they are still
six years old, unlike my son, who is now
Pierre & Paul: Avalanche! was
officially published on 15 March,
but enthusiastic reviews and reader
responses started coming in well before
that. A bookseller in BC, where I now
live, wrote this to Owlkids Books: "I just
wanted to give you some overwhelmingly
positive feedback I have heard on Pierre
& Paul. I gave a copy to my son's school,
and not only are they going to use it for
multiple classes, they were clamouring
for anything similarly bilingual. There
really is not anything… [T]hank you for
this book and please publish more in
the same vein!"
We are. In the fall Pierre & Paul:
Dragons! will be released, again
illustrated by the talented Alice Carter,
who deserves at least 50% of any praise.
I’m thrilled by how Pierre & Paul:
Avalanche! has been received. But most
gratifying is knowing that kids who are
preparing to enter French immersion,
or who are feeling demoralized in the
program, might now have something
to read, something fun and interesting,
something that they can understand no
matter their level of French. Every child
deserves to feel successful.
And what happened to my little boy
who for too many years struggled in the
classroom? He persisted and, though he
switched to the English stream in high
school, his French foundation has served
him well. When it came time to pick a
university, he chose Concordia. He’s in
his third year now and working part-time
behind the deli counter at I.G.A., serving
in French and English.
When I visit him in Montréal, I
practise my own wobbly French on
everyone we meet. One day he shook
his head and said, “Mom, your French
is terrible. This is how you say it…”
As a mother, I felt like a très
Caroline Adderson is a Vancouver author
of many books for children and adults,
including the bilingual series Pierre & Paul.
For more information on Avalanche!,
go to: https://shop.owlkids.com/collections/
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IF EVER THERE WAS A
TIME TO BE INNOVATIVE,
N W IS THE TIME!
Although CPF has always tried to promote resources and
opportunities to help parents support youth learning
French beyond the classroom, the recent spread of
COVID-19 has truly impacted the way we deliver our services
to members, volunteers and stakeholders.
As an organization we had to adapt quickly: from our
employees re-locating to work remotely to the cancellation
of our spring signature events such as our CPF “French Toast”
FSL Awareness Breakfast on Parliament Hill and the annual
“Concours d’art oratoire”, youth French public speaking
competition across Canada.
On the bright side, CPF employs very creative Branch and
National staff and along with their open-minded and innovativethinking
volunteer leaders, the organization shifted directions
to deliver some fun and creative opportunities for families when
they were needed most. Here is a quick recap of CPF’s efforts to
encourage French learning from home … and there is so much
more on the way!
Concours virtuel 2020
A virtual version of Concours was quickly set up and led by CPF British Columbia & Yukon. “Ensemble à distance” encouraged youth
from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to share their personal experiences via a one to three minute video en français. The video format as
well as the personally relevant theme truly engaged youth from coast to coast to coast! We received so many wonderful entries –
840+ – that brightened our social media channels throughout the month of April! Check out the videos on CPF BC-YK website and
prepare to smile!
Daily Learning at Home Resources shared via Facebook
CPF Branch and National staff pooled their expertise to collate existing FSL resources and CPF Alberta took the lead to curate
them for age/grade/program appropriateness. Using our social media channels, primarily Facebook, was so valuable in sharing the
plethora of online FSL learning resources that are available for free to families each and every day. Visit CPF AB website for the
curated resource list which includes French books, virtual classes, grammar lessons, tv shows, museum tours, teacher resources,
and much more.
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Expanding Contests Online for National Reach – O’Poésie and
National Canadian Film Day 2020
As CPF Branches offer a variety of activities within their own regions, this year was the perfect time to expand the reach and offer
the opportunity for youth to participate Canada wide.
CPF Quebec Nunavut led O’Poésie – a poetry writing contest for youth from ages 5 to 17, with three writing style categories:
traditional/free style, slam poetry and haikus. To view the online student workshop, the teacher support webinar and to read
winning entries, visit CPF QCNU website.
CPF National sponsored a National Canadian Film Day contest, which invited youth to watch a Canadian film en français and
become a movie critic by submitting their critique online to win prizes.
Spring and Summer Stay at Home Learning Activities
When considering how to respect physical distancing rules while still safely getting enough exercise and fresh air, CPF National has
put one of our favorite illustrators, Marc Keelan-Bishop, to some creative work in designing a neighbourhood bingo and scavenger
hunt en français. The BINGO DU QUARTIER and CHASSE AU TRÉSOR AUX CINQ SENS are both great ways to get outside while
discovering new French vocabulary.
CPF Branches are in the planning stages to adapt summer learning opportunities for online and small group delivery where
permitted. Access all these free resources and stay in touch by following the CPF Branch and National Facebook pages or by
contacting the Branch or National offices by email. To find the contact information please go to page 20 of this issue. n
FAIS CRITIQUE FILM!
CRITIQUE DE FILM :
FAIS UN DESSIN DU
CRITIQUE DE CINÉMA
(Qu’est-ce qui rend l’histoire originale?)
Ma scène préférée : Personnages principaux :
Plateau de tournage :
Mon personnage préféré:
une roche un insecte
un panneau un panier
de vitesse de basket une pelle
Je recommande ce film à :
Je ne recommande pas ce film à :
Classement du film :
une balançoire un chien
de pin un vélo
ou un nain une boîte à
de jardin lettres rouge une porte bleue
un panneau un bac de
arrêt recyclage un drapeau
CPF MAGAZINE SPRING 2020 7
WINNING WITH FRENCH:
Where Are They Now?
Where are they now?
is a project originally created by
Canadian Parents for French British
Columbia & Yukon with the support
of the Commissioner of Official
Languages, Radio-Canada and
Canadian Heritage in collaboration
with Canadian Parents for French
Alberta that set out to look for people
that once were students in a French
second language learning program.
The project resulted in inspiring
stories from Olympians, journalists,
business executives, teachers, and more,
who all shared a common uniting thread:
if it hadn’t been for the French they
learned, they wouldn’t have been able
to become who they are now.
With the success of the original
project, Canadian Parents for French PEI
set out to do the same for the Atlantic
provinces. The project was met with the
same result: people all across the country
are proud to have learned French and
that this learning has shaped their lives
and their careers.
As we are sure that there are still far
more French graduates with interesting
stories, Canadian Parents for French has
relaunched “Where are they now?”, with a
revitalized website, at the CPF Leadership
Networking Event in October 2019.
At this time, our focus is to hear
back from people in the provinces and
territories where we haven’t looked
before – Saskatchewan, Northwest
Territories, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec
and Nunavut – while also continuing to
find more inspiring stories from the rest
of the country.
This project has resonated well with
our partners, our government allies,
the schools, and teachers, as it shows
first-hand the many benefits of learning
French with clear outcomes and the
direct repercussions it can have in the
The new website: wherearetheynow.ca
and ouensontils.ca (French) is now available
in both languages. Besides having a new
look and feel, the redesigned website brings
together all of the videos from the Western
and Atlantic provinces, allowing easy
access and filtering by province and field
A new feature is also the “Share
your Story”, which lets you either
nominate someone or write your
own story relating to FSL learning.
Do you know of someone whose
personal and professional path was
shaped by having learned French?
Has learning French helped you get
where you are today?
Share your story with us! We want to
hear from French language
learners from all across the country. In
the coming months, CPF will create
a new series of interviews and videos that
will be featured on the website.
We are only starting to put the word
out, help us by exploring the website
and videos, and by sharing them! Visit
We are looking
for French language
learners and we want
to hear where their
has taken them.
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Me + Moi +
Last year, to mark the 50th anniversary
of the Official Languages Act,
Canadian Parents for French
signed a partnership agreement with
Historica Canada to promote the Me
+ Moi + Canada Contest, a contest
aimed at encouraging Canadians to join
the celebration of such an important
The contest consisted of participants
sharing a video about how Canada’s
official languages are important to them
and what role bilingualism plays in
their everyday life. For CPF this was the
perfect opportunity to promote the many
advantages of bilingualism with a focus
on younger Canadians and French second
The contest was a success and really
showcased how bilingualism and the
knowledge of our two official languages
shape the Canadian identity, history and
CPF congratulates our partner,
Historica Canada, for such a great
initiative. À la prochaine!
Here are the names of the first place
winners along with a link to their truly
First place winners
+ Ages 6-9:
Lewis Keyes (Westlock, AB)
Lewis’ video includes fun footage from
a vacation as well as examples of why
bilingualism is important:
+ Ages 10-13:
Mila Dechaine (Toronto, ON)
Mila’s video talks about how
bilingualism is a part of her life
and why she loves that Canada is
a bilingual country:
+ Ages 14-18:
Ryan Ciliska (Staples, ON)
Ryan is 16, and his video offers
insight on the value of bilingualism in
life, which he presents in a creative
format with interesting examples:
+ Ages 19+:
Ahlena M.S. (Trois-Rivières, QC)
Her touching video tells her own story
as an immigrant in Canada, and how
bilingualism helped her find a sense
+ Group category:
Kelly Cescon’s class from
Stella Maris Catholic School!
The bilingual video features the
testimonies of Kelly’s students on why
they think bilingualism matters:
CPF MAGAZINE SPRING 2020 9
FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DU FILM FRANCOPHONE
BY MARCELLE LEAN AND BERNARD LECERF
Cinéfranco is a charitable organization that promotes French
language learning and discovery through film and the use
of media and art. Its goal is to create awareness of the
common heritage rooted in the French language and the cultures
of francophone communities in minority settings.
Cinéfranco produces three annual film festivals, including
one dedicated to youth, and offers Toronto and its surrounding
area an outstanding selection of French films from Canada and
around the world. With thousands of participants every year,
Cinéfranco has become a major Francophone institution in the
Toronto audiovisual landscape.
The Youth Festival Program is exclusively dedicated to students
and their teachers. It includes a dozen films and gives students
the opportunity to experience French outside the classroom, in an
entertaining yet educational framework.
The Youth Program offers young viewers a wonderful
opportunity to get acquainted with the francophone cinema
and cultures. The Cinéfranco Youth Program attracts over
7,000 students every year.
The 2020 edition of the Toronto Youth Festival took place
from February 18 to March 4 at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema
and included 11 films for students in grades 3 – 12. Cinéfranco
has the descriptive files available for download with age
recommendations as well as Teachers Kits, helpful to encourage
interest and curiosity from students.
The next Cinéfranco Youth Festival is planned for
November 2-13 at the Canada Square Cinema in Toronto, Ontario.
The Festival Grand Public Main Program is the most
important international francophone film festival in English
Canada. The movies reflect the richness and diversity of
filmmakers from Canada, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Algeria,
Morocco. Tunisia, Senegal and other countries. The goal of
this program is to showcase recent films rarely seen or not
distributed in Toronto cinemas. Cinéfranco provides popular
yet quality programming, from hilarious comedies to social
dramas, through moving documentaries or captivating thrillers.
The viewers vote for their favorite film which is awarded
“The Audience Prize” at the end of the festival. This year’s
Cinéfranco Main Program will be presented at the Hot Docs
Ted Rogers Cinema on November 20-28.
Perspective Québec is a celebration of Quebec film and
Franco-Canadian productions presented in partnership with
Tournée Québec Cinéma. It is enriched with the presence of actors
and film makers. Usually held in April, this year’s Perspective
Québec has been postponed to a date to be announced. n
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Here are the titles of the films that were a part of the 2020 edition of the Youth Festival. Visit the Cinéfranco
website (www.cinefranco.com/youth-festival) to find the film descriptions to help select French films of
interest to your family all summer long!
YAO (12+) Tia and Piujuq (10+) Roxane (14+) Les Vétos (14+)
Premier de la
Ma famille et
le loup (12+)
Chicinette, ma vie
Le Voyage du
The film classifications come from Cinéfranco’s Director who is also the author of the descriptive files.
Classifications are based on the Ontario Film Review Board.
CPF MAGAZINE SPRING 2020 11
The Role of French Immersion
Programs in the Vitality of British
Columbia’s Linguistic Duality
BY ALEX HUGHES FRENCH IMMERSION GRADUATE AND ABORIGINAL LAW LITIGATOR
This article was first published on January 6, 2020 in the Language Portal of Canada’s Our Languages blog. A Translation Bureau
initiative, the Language Portal provides Canadians with a wide range of resources to help them communicate more effectively in
English and French, and publishes weekly articles by language lovers on the Our Languages blog.
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When I was growing up in an
English-speaking family in
the suburbs of Vancouver,
my parents were often asked why they
enroled their three children in French
immersion. Comments like “No one
speaks French here,” “But we’re so far
from Quebec,” or “Surely there are more
practical languages for the kids to learn”
were constants during my childhood.
But as Jade Turcot-Plante highlighted
in her blog post, a Francophone
community in British Columbia not only
exists, it thrives: the province is home
to over 70,000 Francophones and more
than 300,000 residents who speak French
in addition to another language. British
Columbia’s linguistic duality is rooted in
many sources, including Francophone
Canadians and immigration from all
corners of the Francophonie.
In recent decades, another source
has helped contribute to the vitality
and diversity of the French-speaking
community: the popularity and success
of the province’s French immersion
Learning both languages,
French immersion is a made-in-Canada
program that aims to provide the
opportunity for non-Francophone
students to become functionally bilingual
in the country’s two official languages.
Students can begin the program in
kindergarten (early French immersion)
or Grade 6 (late French immersion), and
reach proficiency in French by the end of
By offering the majority of the
regular school curriculum in French,
immersion programs go beyond teaching
French as another subject. Emphasis
is placed on the French language as a
method of instruction and, more globally,
as a means of communication. Students
aren’t simply learning French but rather
learning through French. In addition to
language proficiency, French immersion
students gain an understanding of and
appreciation for the multitude of cultures
that form the Francophonie.
In 2019, British Columbia
celebrated 50 years of
French immersion in the
province. Despite the
beginnings, the past
five decades have seen a
boom in its popularity.
A success story
In 2019, British Columbia celebrated
50 years of French immersion in the
province. Despite the immersion
program’s humble grassroots beginnings,
the past five decades have seen a boom in
its popularity. Today, more parents than
ever before want a French immersion
education for their children: provincewide
French immersion enrolment has
been increasing for 21 consecutive years,
even as overall enrolment has declined. In
2018–2019, 54,000 students were enroled
in the program, a figure that accounts for
9.5% of the entire student body.
Over the decades, these graduates
have gone on to reap the rewards of their
efforts to learn both official languages.
Many now live and work in both
official languages, both in their home
communities and beyond, while others
simply take advantage of their language
skills when travelling. Some have become
French immersion teachers themselves,
while many have chosen to enrol their
own children in the program.
The French immersion program
has therefore had an invaluable impact
on the vitality of British Columbia’s
linguistic duality. British Columbians have
embraced second language educational
programs for their cognitive, social and
cultural benefits, regardless of the small
percentage of Francophones within the
province or the geographic distance
The downside of popularity
However, the rising popularity of the
French immersion program has brought
with it various difficulties. Many school
districts require more classroom space
and have difficulty offering dual-track
(English and French immersion) programs.
More importantly, British Columbia,
along with other majority-Anglophone
provinces, needs a greater number of
qualified French immersion teachers to
meet student demand for the program.
These obstacles affect all school districts,
from the most populous urban centres
to the smaller rural communities in every
corner of the province.
Resolving these issues would provide
potentially thousands of students the
opportunity to gain and benefit from
a working knowledge of both official
languages. It would also allow our Frenchlanguage
communities to acquire future
members whose diverse backgrounds and
acquisition methods would become part
of the rich fabric of these communities
and of Canada as a whole.
A path forward
Though the program’s popularity has
caused some growing pains, the good
news is that the program’s supporters
have been active in proposing solutions.
Parents have raised their concerns with
school districts and local governments.
Not-for-profit organizations and
community groups have come together to
support teachers and families, and offer
extracurricular opportunities. Provincial
and federal governments have announced
increased funding and opportunities
for French immersion teacher training
programs in western Canada, and have
sought to entice qualified French teachers
from eastern Canada and overseas.
The progress is evident as enrolment
numbers continue to increase year after
year. With public and political support
for finding practical solutions remaining
strong, the future of British Columbia’s
French immersion program – and the
province’s linguistic duality – is bright. n
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CPF RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY
Be Brave, Speak French!
When learning a new language, sometimes the most
challenging part is not remembering all verb conjugation
or mastering the grammar, but actually finding the
courage to speak it! It happens to even the most brilliant students,
in the classroom they have perfect grammar, a beautiful accent and
even know the right use of the subjunctive mood. But the first time
they are in a francophone environment or meet one, they freeze.
What triggers this? It can be a variety of reasons: maybe the
francophone in question thought it would be polite to switch to
the other speakers’ first language; maybe the speaker gets really
nervous; or maybe there was a lack of interest.
No matter the reason, this is a big challenge that involves not
only the speaker but also the listener, especially those of us who want
to promote and support the use of French – we need to focus our
strategies on creating safe spaces and building confident speakers.
The National Strategy on Linguistic Security - FJFC
Following a literature review and consultations, on March 20, 2020,
the Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-française, the French-
Canadian Youth Federation, launched the Stratégie nationale pour
la sécurité linguistique. The strategy identifies four main sectoral
areas or fields of intervention: education, the workforce, culture
and media, and public policies. The approach identifies problems
(challenges) for each field of intervention and the global objective,
as well as strategies and courses of action seeking to improve the
current situation in various regards. This strategy aims to reinforce
linguistic security, both on the collective and individual level and to
consolidate favourable conditions for linguistic security.
The CPF Advocacy-Oriented Research Brief
Canadian Parents for French has prepared a research based brief
to support our advocacy efforts which includes recommendations
on how to bring awareness and build linguistic security among
FSL learners and teachers as well as parents with youth enrolled
in French programs. Background information on issues pertaining
to the insecurity some speakers experience along with personal
testimonials are shared. Key takeaways include the importance
of offering welcoming, safe and inclusive spaces for all French
language learners which encourage opportunities for authentic
communications with native French speakers.
The full Brief, along with the Action Worksheet, in English and in
French, are available for download at CPF National’s website, cpf.ca.
Make French part of your daily home life for all members of the
family. The more you hear French, the easier it will be to join in.
Watch television and movies in French (with
or without subtitles). Listen to French radio
and check out the latest in French music.
Follow the news in two languages.
Turn your text messaging system on your
phone to French. Seek out French audio
books and apps for your child.
Make connections with French-speaking
neighbours. Together, seek out activities
organized by the Francophone community
in your area.
IN THE COMMUNITY:
Take the risk, speak French as you attend
opportunities and cultural events.
Take in a French festival. Join a French choir.
Play recreational hockey in French. Take a
French cooking class and enjoy the French
conversation, culture and food!
Sign your child up for French activities at the
library, spring break or summer camps.
Seek out meeting spaces that bring
Ask your regional Francophone centre
to put up a sign that says: “Ici, nous
accueillons les apprenants du français”.
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CPF RESEARCH AND ADVOCACY
BUILDING LINGUISTIC SECURITY
What we all can do:
Even the smallest comment or reaction can make one feel judged.
> As one fluent in French or simply further on your path to bilingualism: How can you be more
aware of language insecurity in others and support them?
> As a learner on the path: What can you do to overcome the fear-factor and develop your
risk-taking strategies for using French?
For French Learners:
Be brave, speak French as often as you can.
> Feel free to start a conversation with “Aujourd’hui j’ai le courage de parler en français”
(eventually you won’t feel a need to).
> Wear a CPF button that says: “Je parle français”, “J’apprends le français” or “J’appuie le français”.
Praise your child’s efforts in French and celebrate their progress.
Value what linguistic variety brings to our society.
> Explain to your child and other parents that there are many varieties of French. These are
desirable in sharing the richness of the language.
> Recognize that your child’s teacher may have a different accent than other teachers and that is
perfectly okay. They will use different expressions which reflect where they learned the language.
> Be careful when commenting about how another person speaks French.
Foster a risk-taking attitude throughout your career.
> Encourage colleagues to speak French with you in and outside the school. Find a mentor that
will correct your French in a positive and encouraging manner.
> Support your colleagues’ efforts so they can develop their French skills. Be a gracious role model.
> Participate in summer immersion experiences, language “boot camps” or school exchanges,
including virtual ones as great ways to build your confidence in a safe, non-threatening setting.
Use the language portfolio as a motivational tool.
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CPF PARTNER NEWS
Bursaries for Postsecondary
Studies in French as a
Second Language Program
Under the Action Plan for Official Languages 2018-2023
(APOL) – Investing in Our Future, the Government of
Canada made a commitment to promoting a bilingual
Canada, in particular by supporting English-speaking Canadians in
learning French. The federal government has established a new
yearly bursary program to encourage English-speaking students
to pursue their postsecondary studies in their second official
language, in this case in French, thus contributing to the increase of
bilingualism among Anglophones in Canada.
The Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie
canadienne (ACUFC) was assigned responsibility for implementing
this program by the Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH).
Under the program, 850 non-renewable bursaries, each worth
$3,000, will be awarded yearly from 2019 to 2023.
Interested students will be required to submit an application
to participating postsecondary entities (colleges, universities and
university faculties). These postsecondary entities will be in
charge of assisting student applications and awarding the study
bursaries. The ACUFC will not be accepting applications directly
Only postsecondary entities located in Canada are eligible
for the FSL Bursary Program.
The postsecondary entity must demonstrate that, within the
targeted program, at least 50% of courses as well as related and
cultural activities will be offered in French.
The list of postsecondary entities participating in the
Program are posted on the ACUFC web page, visit:
To be eligible for the Bursaries for Postsecondary Studies
in French as a Second Language, the student must:
n Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
n Have English as the first Canadian official language spoken;
n Study full time in a Canadian institution during the
n Have completed their secondary school studies in an Englishlanguage
institution and graduated from this institution;
n Have reached the postsecondary level of education;
n Be enrolled in the first year of a postsecondary study program
in their second Canadian official language, in this case French;
n Be at least 17 years old on the first day of class;
n Demonstrate that they have sufficient knowledge of French to
be able to study in that language. A transcript will be required,
attesting that they have taken courses in their second official
language at the secondary school or college or university level
in Canada for a minimum of two years;
n Intend to pursue full-time studies in a college or undergraduate
university program in Canada, to take at least 50% of their
courses and participate in related activities (placements,
training activities in the community, activities aiming to foster
a greater knowledge of Francophone culture) in French.
n Special consideration will be given to students facing
financial challenges and those who come from
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Not All Superheroes Speak
French, But CPF Wants to
Celebrate Those Who Do!
In the era of COVID-19, Canadians are regularly tuning in to daily briefings from our public
officials – whether the Prime Minister, Premiers, Public Health Officials or Ministers of Health.
Delivering accurate and timely information is essential in ensuring the safety of Canadians
and the public has positively taken note of those who can offer these communications in
both official languages. We at CPF are proud to give a tip of the hat to two good friends of our
organization who also happen to be among these trusted, bilingual healthcare leaders.
PHOTO: GOVERNMENT OF PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
The Honourable Adrian Dix,
Minister of Health in
PHOTO: FLICKR – PROVINCE OF BRITISH COLUMBIA
The Honourable Adrian Dix, Minister
of Health and Minister Responsible for
Francophone Affairs in British Columbia,
has provided statements in French on
behalf of the provincial government
and in support of Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s
Provincial Health Officer.
Adrian has served as the MLA for
Vancouver-Kingsway since 2005 and has
made health a top priority during his tenure,
ushering in a number of policies to address
health issues. He was raised in Vancouver,
is fluently bilingual, and lived in France as
a young man. His political career includes
working for former M.P. Ian Waddell
(NDP), and has experience as a political
commentator and journalist.
Prior to becoming an MLA, Adrian
was the Executive Director for CPF British
Columbia & Yukon from 2000 to 2005. He
travelled the province, building BC’s CPF
network during his five years at the
helm of our organization. According to
past-president Melanie Tighe-Lovsin, his
time as Executive Director left "a lasting
impact”: French immersion enrolment in
B.C. rose by 25 per cent during his tenure.
Dr. Heather Morrison,
Chief Health Officer for
Prince Edward Island
Dr. Heather Morrison was appointed
Chief Health Officer for PEI in 2007.
As the province’s first female Rhodes
Scholar, she completed both a Master's
and Doctorate degree at the University of
Oxford, completed her MD at Dalhousie
University, and was recognized as
UPEI's Alumna of the Year in 2016. In
addition to her responsibilities as Chief
Health Officer, she continues to practice
Heather is fluently bilingual, having
graduated from the French immersion
program at Colonel Gray High School in
1987. Her mother, Mary Lou Morrison,
has long been a strong advocate for
French second language education,
having worked at the forefront of creating
Canadian Parents for French in the
Atlantic region. Mary Lou was elected
as the Atlantic Region representative on
CPF’s first five-parent Provincial Executive
Committee in 1977, taking the lead to
move the organization forward. She
shared her experience and commitment
to bringing French immersion to
every child in Canada in the CPF ‘Our
Story’ video recorded to celebrate the
organization’s 40 th anniversary in 2017.
To watch the video, please visit cpf.ca.
We reached Mary Lou Morrison for
comment and she was proud to share
that Dr. Morrison was part of one of the
first French immersion classes in Prince
Edward Island. She is also very proud of
her daughter for being able to talk every
day to Islanders in both official languages
in such challenging times.
“I’m pleased to live in a country that
is bilingual, everyday I’m able to listen the
Prime Minister and our leaders using both
official languages, we are very fortunate
to have this,” added Mary Lou.
When asked about what advice
she would offer to parents who are
supporting their French immersion child
from home in the era of social distancing
she said, “I would tell them not to panic,
kids will go back to school and they
will catch up. In the meantime, there
are many resources available to you to
support your children, through CPF but
also through the school and the teachers.
Even if you don’t know a word of French,
encourage them to read and write in it.”
In March, CPF was delighted to hear
Dr. Morrison, while continuing to stress
the importance of social distancing,
encourage everyone to take advantage of
this period of isolation to learn French so
that they can become a more informed
person. Like mother, like daughter! n
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Le Centre de la
Has to Offer!
Le Centre de la Francophonie des Amériques (CFA) was
created by the Government of Quebec to strengthen the
Francophonie and the presence of the French language in
the Americas and as part of Quebec’s leading role to unify
French-language communities across the continents.
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CPF – CFA Signed Partnership
Agreement in Fall 2019
Given the nature of the Centre’s mission
and mandate it found a likely partner
in Canadian Parents for French, as both
organizations work towards a common
goal: promoting the French Language and
creating opportunities for youth to use
and learn French.
This fall, CPF collaborated in
promotional support of the “Slame tes
accents” poetry competition, encouraging
FSL teachers and their students to
participate and share their voice.
Although our participation in events
planned for 2020 is now on hold, the
Centre has several projects and resources
that CPF members will benefit from,
whether it’s a cultural offer, a learning
resource or virtual participation in event
opportunities. We strongly encourage
CPF members to join the CFA. It’s free!
Bibliothèque des Amériques
A great library, with a catalogue of more
than 13,000 French eBooks available,
was launched in 2014. Everything from
novels, poetry books, historical and
political essays, educational journals,
cookbooks, comics, to children's books
and more. Check out the book reviews
and recommendations, reading clubs,
and the Teacher’s Area.
Activités en ligne pour tous!
A myriad of online activities to keep
French alive in your home during this
period of isolation. Audiobook and free
movie selections categorized for adult
and youth, simple recipes and songs in
karaoke format for youth and families,
as well pedagogical activities and links
to support learning at home.
A platform with access to exclusive
content for members, borrowing
privileges from the Bibliotèque,
regular newsletters and more.
Events or intensive trainings to promote
understanding, growth and celebration
of La Francophonie in the Americas for
youth, young professionals, teachers and
researchers encouraging the sharing of
best practices and facilitating cooperation
between organizations and individuals.
We look forward to when these learning
opportunities will be made available once
again. Examples include:
n Le Forum des jeunes ambassadeurs de
la francophonie des Amériques
n Le parlement francophone des jeunes
n L’Université d’été sur la francophonie
To take advantage of these many
French support resources, sign up
to become a CFA member today:
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KEY CPF CONTACTS ACROSS CANADA
1104 - 170 Laurier Ave. W., Ottawa, ON K1P 5V5
Quebec office & Nunavut support
P.O. Box 393 Westmount, Westmount, QC H3Z 2T5
British Columbia & Yukon
227-1555 W 7th Ave., Vancouver, BC V6J 1S1
T: 778.329.9115 TF: 1.800.665.1222 (in BC & Yukon only)
211-15120 104 Ave. NW, Edmonton, AB T5P 0R5
PO Box 1538, Yellowknife, NT X1A 2P2
303-115 2nd Ave. N., Saskatoon, SK S7K 2B1
T: 306.244.6151 TF: 1.800.561.6151 (in Saskatchewan only)
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T: 204.222.6537 TF: 1.877.737.7036 (in Manitoba only)
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T: 905.366.1012 TF: 1.800.667.0594 (in Ontario only)
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T: 506.434.8052 TF: 1.877.273.2800 (in New Brunswick only)
8 Flamingo Dr., Halifax, NS B3M 4N8
T: 902.453.2048 TF: 1.877.273.5233 (in Nova Scotia only)
Prince Edward Island
PO Box 2785, Charlottetown, PE CIA 8C4
T: 902.368.3703 email@example.com pei.cpf.ca
Newfoundland & Labrador
PO Box 8601, Stn A, St. John’s, NL A1B 3P2
T: 709.579.1776 firstname.lastname@example.org nl.cpf.ca
TF: 1.877.576.1776 (in Newfoundland & Labrador only)
NEW Bursaries for Postsecondary Studies
in French as a Second Language
English-speaking students entering the first year of a college or university program
could receive $3,000 to pursue their studies entirely or partly in French.
It’s rewarding to be bilingual!
Students who study in French have the opportunity to discover the diverse
and rich culture of the Francophonie. Studies show that bilingualism
leads to better employment opportunities and wages.
Find out more: acufc.ca/FSLbursaries
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CPF YOUTH ACTIVITY
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The method that decodes the language.