The Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue works to promote and sustain dialogue and bring together the many different components of Canadian society.
The Foundation was established in 2004 by the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne du Canada (FCFA) following the release of its 2001 report Parlons-nous. This report was prepared by the Dialogue Working Group after a pan-Canadian tour to gather Canadians’ views on the future of Canada’s Francophone and Acadian communities. The Dialogue Working Group’s national tour also sought to bring the FCFA’s discourse and activities up to date, and to re-evaluate the positioning of Francophone and Acadian communities with regard to other elements of Canadian society. As a result, the FCFA proposed creating a permanent foundation whose chief aim would be to promote dialogue between the Francophone and Acadian communities and all elements of Canadian society by establishing collaborations and conducting research. Thus was born the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue.
Since its launch, the Dialogue Foundation has carried out a number of projects to promote dialogue in communities across the country. Linguistic duality, multiculturalism and cultural diversity are just some of the topics that guide the organization’s activities.
To learn more about the Foundation’s current activities, visit the Activities section of this website.
Here’s a look at two projects the Foundation
has completed since 2004:
VANCOUVER 2010 OLYMPIC GAMES
In 2006, the Dialogue Foundation and the Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique (FFCB) signed a collaboration protocol with the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) so as to ensure representation of French at the Games. The Dialogue Foundation and the FFCB then undertook a pan-Canadian consultation to identify their pillars of intervention. In 2007, the partners presented a national action plan intended to meet VANOC’s needs, foster the participation of Francophones in the various aspects of the Games, and ensure there would be concrete, lasting benefits for the Francophone community in British Columbia and Canada. This national action plan led to La Place de la Francophonie 2010 on Granville Island, the Franco Médias 2010 project for young journalists and the Flamme de la francophonie education program. The Dialogue Foundation also encouraged the active participation of Francophones in organizing celebrations around the Olympic torch relay across the country, helped recruit bilingual volunteers, and encouraged Canada’s Francophone and Francophile populations to take part in the activities.
In the end, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games will stand as a model of official languages success for future organizing committees. The Dialogue Foundation’s involvement gave a surge of pride to the Francophone community in British Columbia, and to Francophones nationwide, whose determination paid off. Through these activities, the Dialogue Foundation helped ensure that the French language and Francophone culture from across the country had an important place at the Games.
Mon PIF.ca was a Francophone Internet portal, designed by youth, for youth. It offered a directory of Francophone sites intended to stimulate young people’s curiosity and broaden their knowledge. The portal also offered free personal e-mail addresses. Mon PIF.ca was launched to increase interaction between young people and encourage them to discover and use French-language search tools. The portal gave youth a complete, “just for them” virtual space, which let them grow up, live, learn and communicate in French. The project ended in fall 2008.