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A double-i organization
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Glen Taylor BLOGAre you familiar with the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF)? The 14th edition of this annual national celebration, held from March 9 to 25, 2012, was a resounding success. Some 180,000 people took part in RVF activities, and more than 51,000 watched the televised version of the “Blow your Mind over La Francophonie!” comedy gala produced in collaboration with the École nationale de l’humour.

This year also saw the number of RVF Facebook friends shoot up to over 12,800, thanks in part to a comic-skit contest. Here's the winning clip:

The same organization that’s behind the RVF also ensured a strong francophone presence at the Vancouver Olympics (that is, in all aspects of the Games except the opening ceremonies), as it will for the Toronto 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games.

These are all major undertakings, as is this “double-i” organization’s latest initiative: to launch a Canada-wide television channel!

Accent on ACCENTS

Welcome to Accents, a new French-language channel whose license application is currently before the CRTC. The goal of this project is to promote Canada’s francophone presence on TV and the web by putting the accent (so to speak) on Acadian and francophone minority communities. The following clip explains in French what Accents is all about:

It’s important for the CRTC to know that the public supports this new project aimed at bringing Canadians together. You can help by visiting the Accents site and clicking on “I support!”. It takes just a few seconds, and increases the odds that the CRTC will grant the licence.

What is this mysterious organization?

This “double-i” organization is the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue, created in 2004 by the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada (FCFA).

(As for the FCFA, or the Federation of Francophone and Acadian Communities of Canada, it’s the national and international voice of Canadian francophones outside Quebec.)

Why do I call the Foundation a “double-i” organization? Because it’s both invisible and important: few people know of it, but many benefit from its initiatives.

Words vs. actions

Lots of people talk about the Canadian Francophonie’s growing diversity, the result of immigration and mixed marriages among other things. (Should I mention that two-thirds of francophone youth outside Quebec live in mixed households? That’s a huge proportion!)

Well, here’s an organization that recognizes the positive role non-francophone partners can play in the Francophonie by inviting me, an Alberta anglophone, to sit on its Board of Directors.

So I tip my cowboy hat to the Foundation, and hope to contribute to its development by adding my voice as a francophile (or as an “associate member” of the Francophonie?) — with an Accent!

 
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