The FCFA: a modernized federation to support a more diverse Francophonie

I have eight new people with me on the board and these eight people are amazing people from across Canadalaunched the President of the FCFALiane Roy, the day after the election of this new board.

We are very, very happy, she adds. The federation has been wanting to change the composition and way of functioning at the level of its board of directors for a few years.

Until now, each member organization had a place on the board of directors and generally sent its president there.

From now on, this Board will be made up of people who are sought after for their skills and who will reflect the diversity of the Francophonie.

Originally from Senegal, Ibrahima Diallo has lived in Manitoba for decades. My kids were the only black kids in school when they were little. Now 50% of children in recreation rooms have brown skinhe said.

Full professor at the University of Saint-Boniface and involved in the Francophonie for 37 years, Ibrahima Diallo is one of the new members of the Board of the FCFA.

Ibrahima Diallo was notably the president of the Société de la francophonie manitobaine. (Archives)

Photo: Radio-Canada / Christian Côté

The promotion of the place of French in the country, Francophone immigration and a new official languages ​​law with teeth: these are all issues that challenge him in a long-term perspective.

I think big and I see things happening in the long termhe said, adding that today we have to make choices so that in 10, 15 years, we say to ourselves: we had sown the good seed.

Ibrahima Diallo thus speaks of the standardization of French and emphasizes the importance of education, early childhood and newcomers: We need a community of people who are there to speak the language.

In the schools, we can see how the demographic configuration of the Francophonie has changed. Young native Canadians are experiencing a reality that their parents never experienced and for me, it is a capital that we are building. »

A quote from Ibrahima Diallo, member of the board of directors of the FCFA

At an extraordinary general meeting last December, the FCFA passed the changes that elected these new members on June 11.

We practice what we preach. We talk a lot about immigration at the FCFA, but we also wanted our board to reflect this diversity. »

A quote from Liane Roy, President of the FCFA

Immigration: a file that is stagnating

On immigration, however, Canada and the provinces have for years missed the target of 4.4% Francophone immigration to be achieved in order to maintain the demographic weight of communities struggling with assimilation.

The FCFA published a document in March in which it proposes a new target articulated around more precise objectives. In the case, for example, where the objective is an increase in the demographic weight (more than 4.4% by 2036), the FCFA calculates that the annual target should be 20%.

Our immigration file is progressing, but we have to get the minister to compromise, to tell us what he thinks of the targets we have proposed and of the francophone immigration policy. We conducted a serious study to determine the targets for the next few years to bring us to 2036, we also gave suggestions, what should be put in place to achieve these targetsrecalls Liane Roy.

The president of the FCFA does not hide either that the organization still has work to do to ensure that Bill C-13, which will modernize the Official Languages ​​Act, is adopted in Ottawa.

C-13 is a file that the FCFA will follow for several more years, until the law is passed, she said. But also, there are other files that overlap in this file.including the renewal of the Action Plan on Official Languages.

The 2023-2028 plan will be the backdrop for all financial aspects of programming that affects official languagesnotes Liane Roy.

The Minister of Official Languages, Ginette Petitpas Taylor, is currently conducting consultations across the country for the renewal of this plan. She was in Manitoba only a few days ago, recalls Liane Roy.

Composition of the new FCFA Board

  • Liane Roy, President (New Brunswick)
  • Yves-Gérard Méhou-Loko, Vice-President (Ontario)
  • Mylène Lapierre, Treasurer (New Brunswick)
  • Martine Béland (Nova Scotia)
  • Ibrahima Diallo (Manitoba)
  • Nour Enayeh (British Columbia)
  • Justin Johnson (Manitoba)
  • Marie-Pierre Lavoie (British Columbia)
  • Marguerite Tölgyesi (Yukon)

With information from Laïssa Pamou

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