Cultural and community life

  • Cultural life is encouraged and supported by cultural associations and school-community centres: there are community centres in Edmonton, Bonnyville, Saint-Isidore and Falher, and school-community centres in Calgary, Saint-Paul, Plamondon, Legal andFort McMurray. There are plans for a new community centre to serve the French-speaking community in Lethbridge; construction should begin in 2009.
  • Two buildings, the Cité des Rocheuses in Calgary and the Cité francophone in Edmonton, are the seats of several Francophone organizations;
  • There is a professional theatre company (L'UniThéâtre) and several community groups in Plamondon, Legal, Saint-Paul, Bonnyville and Rivière la Paix. A project is under way to revitalize French theatre in Calgary with the help of a resource person.
  • A number of dancing groups (folk and other styles) including Zephyr, which is a member of the Association la Girandole (Edmonton), as well as Les Blés d'or (Saint-Paul), Les Plein Soleil (Saint-Isidore) and Les Vols-au-Vent (Bonnyville).
  • Cultural activities: Fête franco-albertaine, Festival de théâtre jeunesse, Jeux francophones de l'Alberta, the Chicane albertaine, Gala albertain de la chanson, Edmonton chante, festival Cinémagine, Carnaval de Saint-Isidore, Festival des sucres à Calgary;
  • The Regroupement artistique francophone de l'Alberta (RAFA) had close to 100 members at the end of 2008, including 56 artists and approximately 40 organizations working in arts and culture. The art disciplines covered are dance, drama, literature, music, media arts, visual arts and distribution/production;
  • ACFA supports artistic and cultural development in the Franco-Albertan community and coordinates regional activities;
  • Two Franco-Albertan genealogy societies: the Société généalogique du Nord-Ouest and the Société historique et généalogique de Smoky River.
  • Museums: Musée Héritage in Saint-Albert, Musée de Girouxville, Musée de Plamondon, Musée de Bonnyville, Musée de Saint-Paul;
  • A tourist circuit including the village of Legal and its historic murals;
  • The Provincial Archives of Alberta and the Archives du Campus Saint-Jean preserve the archives of Francophone organizations and individuals.
  • Francophonie jeunesse de l'Alberta (FJA) is a non-profit organization established in 1972. For ten years now, FJA has organized an annual meet for Francophone youth, the Rassemblement Jeunesse (RaJe). The 2008 edition was attended by more than 800 youth. FJA also organizes the youth Parliament, leadership training as well as goAGA, an event which combines FJA's Annual General Meeting with workshops and discussion groups.