The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie are one aspect of the celebrations surrounding the Journée internationale de la francophonie (March 20th) organized worldwide every year to promote the French language in its many cultural incarnations.
7 - 23 March 2014
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- Why the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie?
Today, nearly 9.5 million people in Canada keep the French language alive and make it a vital facet of their communities. They can be found in Acadia, Quebec, Ontario, the West and Northern Canada. They may be Francophones whose families have been in Canada for generations or French-speaking immigrants, or they may be Anglophones or people from other language communities who have chosen to learn French. The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie give all of these groups a great opportunity to celebrate together!
The Rendez-vous shine the spotlight on the hundreds of thousands of people from all backgrounds, Francophone and Francophile, who make the most of this opportunity to show their dedication to the French language, to meet or reunite with each other, to have discussions and build relationships, and to explore what they have in common, but also what makes them unique.
The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie is the only event that brings such a wide variety of people and activities together across the country.
In a spirit of celebration, the Rendez-vous seek to highlight the important contributions of Francophones to building the country, to encourage appreciation of the French language in its many cultural incarnations, and to promote strong ties between Francophone communities and other social groups within Canada.
The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie are a reminder of our place within the international Francophonie organization and the special relationship we enjoy with the member nations and governments of this great family, which spans every continent on the globe.
- A Quick History of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie
The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie were established in 1999. Luminaries as prestigious as the Right Honourable Antonio Lamer, Antonine Maillet and the Honourable Paul Gérin-Lajoie were instrumental in the origins of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie.
In 2005, the Canadian Foundation for Cross-Cultural Dialogue assumed responsibility for organizing the annual event, which takes place over a 15-day period. The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie are a valuable opportunity to celebrate and promote the French language and the Francophonie in Canada.
From its inception, the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie have been fortunate to be able to count on the dedication of numerous spokespersons:
- Marc Dupré - 2000
- Natalie Choquette - 2001
- Natasha St-Pier - 2002
- Gabrielle Destroismaisons - 2003
- Véronique Cloutier - 2004 to 2007
- Jean-François Breau - 2008 to 2009
- Mario Pelchat and Catriona Le May Doan - 2010
- Andrea Lindsay and Stéphan Bureau - 2011
- Jessica Holmes and Boucar Diouf - 2012
- Cathy Jones and Boucar Diouf - 2013
- The themes of the RVF since 2005
- The Journal of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie