Health care and social services

The Réseau Santé en français de la Saskatchewan (RSFS) is responsible for coordinating the development of health care services in French in the province. Its mandate is to promote, protect and increase access to French-language health care services in Saskatchewan. The RSFS focuses its activities in the field of primary health and relies on the broad definition adopted by the World Health Organization: "Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and is not defined solely by an absence of disease or infirmity."

The RSFS' activities are grouped around five main themes: access to quality care, collaboration between partners in health care, emphasis on adapted solutions, respect of the missions of institutions and development of an active offer. The RSFS offers training to health care professionals and publishes a directory of practitioners in Saskatchewan who can offer services in French.

Education and training

 

  • The 1995 Education Act establishes three equal legal education entities in Saskatchewan: public school divisions, separate school divisions and a French-language school board, the Conseil des écoles fransaskoises. The Conseil can be reached at             1-877-273-6661       or on the web at http://www.cefsk.ca. The Conseil administers nine Francophone education areas and a total of 12 schools. In most regions, classes go from preschool to 12th grade.

  • In August 2004, the secondary level of the Collège Mathieu, a private institution, was integrated to the Conseil des écoles fransaskoises. This made the École secondaire Collège Mathieu the most recent addition to the Fransaskois component of the education system. In 2008, a secondary building was added to the École canadienne-française de Saskatoon. In 2009, Gravelbourg's French-language elementary school, the École Beausoleil, moved into the École secondaire Collège Mathieu. École Monseigneur de Laval will undergo an expansion which will create new spaces for high-school classes (8th to 12th grades).

  • Preschool classes are offered in all of the Conseil des écoles fransaskoises' schools. In Regina, Saskatoon, Moose Jaw and Ponteix the infrastructures also include a child care centre and a daycare.

  • The nine education areas correspond to the geographic areas in which there is a group of parents wanting to have their children educated in French schools as guaranteed by Article 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

  • The Conseil scolaire fransaskois manages and administers education issues related to French-language schools. The CSF is comprised of nine members, each representing one of the Francophone education areas.

  • The Conseils d'école (CÉ) represent parents at the Conseil scolaire fransaskois. Members handle various matters affecting their own school. A school's CÉ consists of three to eight parents whose children attend the school.

Post-secondary education

  • The Service fransaskois de formation aux adultes (SEFFA) offers and coordinates French-language education for adults. Classes range from literacy to popular or accredited courses.
  • At the University of Regina, the Institut français ensures visibility and promotion of the French language, and offers cultural programs and various types of support to Francophone and francophile students on campus. The Institut français is noted for its research sector, which supports the global development of the Fransaskois community. The contribution of the Institut français has been significant in several files, including the Commission sur l'inclusion and the establishment of closer ties between the Métis and Francophone communities.

Cultural and community life

 

  • The Fransaskois community has set up a network of 13 community asssociations and 16 provincial associations. There are also a number of institutions dedicated to the community's development. Regional community associations have offices and venues that are open to the public. There are three school-community centres, in Prince Alberta, Moose Jaw and Regina. The villages of Debden, Bellevue, Ponteix and Gravelbourg boast modern cultural centres housing several services to the community. Francophones also own an office building in downtown Saskatoon, which namely houses a cultural centre.
  • A large number of cultural events are held each year by provincial organizations: the Festival théâtral jeunesse, the Jeux fransaskois, the Camp voyageur, the Gala fransaskois de la chanson, the Journées du patrimoine, Francofièvre and the Mini francofièvre are a few examples. The year 2009 marks the return of the Fête fransaskoise.
  • There is a professional theatre group, La Troupe du Jour, which offers quality theatre productions every year in Saskatoon. Other Francophone theatre groups include Théâtre Oskana in Regina. These groups offer a wide diversity of theatre and entertainment in French.
  • The Fransaskois community boasts two folk dance groups: Les danseurs de la rivière la Vieille (Gravelbourg) and La Ribambelle (Saskatoon).
  • A good number of Fransaskois artists write, record and perform on stage. Folk bands like la Raquette à claquettes and Cireux de semelles are more and more well-known. Other musicians like Annette Campagne, François Tremblay, Anique Granger, Jeff Staflund or Michel Marchildon already have several records out.
  • A publishing house Les Éditions de la nouvelle plume, publishes the works (novels, theatre, youth literature) of Western Canadian authors.
  • The Fransaskois community's cultural and artistic development is supported by the Conseil culturel Fransaskois, which is responsible for coordinating a good part of the cultural activity across the province. The Conseil culturel fransaskoisheads the Réseau de diffusion de spectacle de la Saskatchewan, which allows communitycentres to offer French-language shows every year. Many local artists are represented by the Conseil culturel Fransaskois.

Newspapers and magazines

 

  • L'Eau vive, a weekly published by the Coopérative des publications fransaskoises, covers Fransaskois news and current events.

  • The Revue historique is published every three months by the Société historique de la Saskatchewan and features articles about the history of the Francophone community of Saskatchewan.

  • Twelve monthly community newsletters promote local activities and cover community topics.

  • Ten monthly publications are issued by provincial associations to promote their activities and programs.

Radio

  • Radio Canada has a regional radio station in Regina, CBKB, which broadcasts 6 hours of local programming Monday to Friday. Three programs are produced in Regina: Point du jour, le Midi Plus and Jour de plaine. The news service covers current event in Saskatchewan seven days a week from its newsrooms in Regina and Saskatoon. Radio Canada also holds an annual Francothon (a radio funding drive) benefiting the Fondation fransaskoise and many community projects. The station also produces special programming and contributes to the national network.

  • In Gravelbourg, the community radio station CFRG broadcasts a variety of programming produced by volunteers. The station broadcasts in both official languages of Canada.

Television

  • Radio Canada in Regina produces a daily local news program, Le Téléjournal Saskatchewan (60 minutes), and contributes to programs broadcast throughout Western Canada, including the youth program Oniva. The French fact in Saskatchewan is also present on Radio Canada's national network through a variety of contributions to national programming

The representative organization

The Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise, the main representative organization of the Fransaskois community, was established in Duck Lake in 1912 to defend the rights of Francophones. Since its creation, ACF has been known under many names – in the beginning, it was called the Association catholique franco-canadienne de la Saskatchewan, but in 1962 it became the Association culturelle franco-canadienne de la Saskatchewan. In 1999, it adopted its current name: Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise.

ACF's mandate is to defend and ensure recognition of the rights and aspirations of the Fransaskois community. It is entirely committed to the development of Saskatchewan's Francophone community.

Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise
220-3850 Hillsdale St.
Regina, SK S4S 7J5
Phone:             (306) 924-8534      
Fax: (306) 781-7916
E-mail: acf@sasktel.net
Website: www.fransaskois.sk.ca


Provincial organizations


Association des parents fransaskois et le Centre de ressources éducatives à la petite enfance (CREPE)
910 East 5th St.
Saskatoon SK S7H 2C6
Phone:             (306) 653 7444      
Fax: (306) 653-7001
Website: www.parentsfransaskois.ca

Association des juristes d'expression française de la Saskatchewan
120-3850 Hillsdale St.
Regina SK S4S 7J5
Phone:             (306) 924-8543      
Fax: (306) 781-7916
E-mail: ajefs@sasktel.net
Website: www.ajefs.ca

Association jeunesse fransaskoise
102-308 North 4th Ave.
Saskatoon SK S7K 2L7
Phone:             (306) 653-7447      
Fax: (306) 653-7448
E-mail: direction@ajf.ca
Website: www.ajf.ca

Conseil culturel fransaskois
210-3850 Hillsdale St.
Regina SK S4S 7J5
Phone:             (306) 565-8916      
Fax: (306) 565-2922
E-mail: direction@culturel.sk.ca
Website: www.culturel.sk.ca

Collège Mathieu (Le)
(Service fransaskois de formation aux adultes et le Lien)

Bag 20
Gravelbourg SK S0H 1X0
Phone:             (306) 648-3129      
Fax: (306) 648-2295
E-mail: secretariat@collegemathieu.sk.ca
Website: www.collegemathieu.sk.ca

Conseil de la Coopération de la Saskatchewan
230-3850 Hillsdale St.
Regina SK S4S 7J5
Phone:             (306) 566-6001      
Fax: (306) 757-4322
E-mail: dg@ccs-sk.ca
Website: www.ccs-sk.ca/index.php

Conseil des écoles fransaskoises
200-3850 Hillsdale St.
Regina SK S4S 7J5
Phone:             (306) 757-7541       ou
Toll free:             1 877 273-6661      
Fax: (306) 757-2040
E-mail: cef.regina@atrium.ca
Website: www.cefsk.ca

Coopérative des publications fransaskoises et l'Eau Vive
410 Victoria Ave.
Regina SK S4N 0P6
Phone:             (306) 347-0481      
Fax: (306) 565-3450
E-mail: direction@leauvive.net
Website: www.leauvive.net

Éditions de la nouvelle plume
130-3850 Hillsdale St.
Regina SK S4S 7J5
Phone:             (306) 352-7435      
Fax: (306) 585-1657
E-mail: nouvelleplume@sasktel.net
Website: www.nouvelleplume.com

Fédération des aînés fransaskois
103-308 North 4th Ave.
Saskatoon SK S7K 2L7
Phone:             (306) 653-7442      
Fax: (306) 664-6447
E-mail: aines@sasktel.net

Fédération provinciale des Fransaskoises
P.O. Box 778
Gravelbourg SK S0H 1X0
Phone:             (306) 648-2466      
Toll free:             1 866 490-4373      
Fax: (306)648-2795
E-mail: fpf@sasktel.net

Fondation fransaskoise
230-3850 Hillsdale St.
Regina SK S4S 7J5
Phone:             (306) 566-6000      
Fax: (306) 757-4322
E-mail: fondationfransaskoise@ccs-sk.ca

Institut français
University of Regina
3737 Waskana Parkway
Regina SK
Phone:             (306) 585-4828      
Fax: (306) 585-5183
Website: institutfrancais.uregina.ca

Réseau Santé en Français de la Saskatchewan
103-308 North 4th Ave.
Saskatoon SK S7K 2L7
Phone:             (306) 653 7445      
Fax: (306) 664 6447
E-mail: rsfs@shaw.ca
Website: www.rsfs.ca

Société historique de la Saskatchewan
210-3850 Hillsdale St.
Regina SK S4S 7J5
Phone:             (306) 565-8916      
Fax: (306) 565-2922
E-mail: info@societehisto.com
Website: www.societehisto.com

Troupe du jour
914 West 20th St.
Saskatoon SK S7K 3L3
Phone:             (306) 244-1040      
Fax: (306) 652-1725
E-mail: communication@latroupedujour.ca
Website: www.latroupedujour.ca