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.