Galvanizing La Francophonie of the Americas
Centre de la francophonie des Amériques was born out of the Québec Government’s desire to serve as a galvanizing force for La Francophonie of the Americas—a desire embodied in its 2006 policy on the Canadian francophone community. The foundation of the Centre thus signals Québec’s acceptance of a special responsibility vis-à-vis the hemisphere’s French-language communities to serve as a leader that unifies and engages the far-flung community of francophones and francophiles in the Americas while respecting its partners and the richness of their differences. The Centre reports to the Minister responsible for Canadian Relations and the Canadian Francophonie.
It has since 2008 pursued its mission to promote and enhance an exciting Francophonie to secure a bright future for the French language in today’s culturally diverse landscape. In pursuit of that mission the Centre focuses its initiatives on the social development of francophone communities by strengthening and enriching relations among them and by leveraging the contributions of the hemisphere’s numerous francophiles.
The vision behind it is that of a Francophonie on the move, shoulder to shoulder and inclusive, bringing people together from all over the Americas and forging enduring bonds conducive to conversation and joint action. The Centre’s varied programs, resources, activities, contests, and competitions are rooted its fundamental values. Everything it does reflects that commitment to the French language and to the promotion of a pluralist, diverse Francophonie in the Americas. The Centre promotes creativity, new ideas, solidarity, and cooperation while discharging its duty to remember the past.
Here are some examples out of the Centre’s wealth of programs:
Every year the Centre offers at least one program of intensive training to draw people from all over Québec, Canada, and the two continents. Participants forge ties that last a lifetime as they become movers and shakers in their communities. These initiatives promote understanding and growth and celebrate La Francophonie in the Americas.
The intensive programs are
The Centre’s Mobilité dans les Amériques : le savoir au service de la francophonie, supports the development of La Francophonie throughout the two continents by sharing expertise and best practices and facilitating cooperation between francophone and francophile actors in the Americas.
The Centre’s Francophone and Francophile Cities Network (in French and in English) was founded in 2015 as a way for members to join forces and forge ties that would yield tourism, economic, and cultural benefits for their cities and communities. It’s a singular new developmental model for La Francophonie based on establishing productive ties and strong partnerships to boost francophone cities and communities by linking the development of each to the vitality of others.
The Francophone and Francophile Cities Network (FFCN) is
- An initiative of the three founding cities, Lafayette, Moncton, and Québec through a partnership with the Centre.
- A group of more than 150 cities in Canada (in 9 provinces), the United States (in 17 states), Haiti, Martinique, and Guadeloupe.
- More than 200 supporting organizations.