Francophone Diversity

A population born elsewhere


Eight out of ten Francophones were born outside the Northwest Territories. Most have come from elsewhere in Canada, but even so, immigrants still total 9.4% of the Francophone population. Franco-tenois come from all regions of the country, but especially from Quebec and Acadian communities. The Francophone community thus has varied roots, primarily Canadian, and this obviously has an effect on its members' sense of belonging and identity.
 

Place of Birth, 2006, Francophones, Northwest Territories

Place of Birth, 2006, Francophones, Northwest Territories

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

A community that is becoming more diversified


The Northwest Territories have approximately 100 Francophone immigrants who have chosen to live in Francophone minority communities.

In addition, approximately 175 Francophones claim to have an Aboriginal identity.
 

Francophone Immigrants, 2006, Northwest Territories

Francophone Immigrants, 2006, Northwest Territories

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Note: These are people who have been granted immigrant status in Canada, whose first known official language is French.

Low numbers of immigrants in recent years


From 2001 to 2006, some 30 Francophones immigrated to the Northwest Territories. This does not include immigrants who arrived in the N.W.T. via another province. Located in downtown Yellowknife, the Maison Laurent-Leroux is home to many of the Northwest Territories' Francophone organizations and services, including the Fédération franco-ténoise (FFT), and constitutes a central meeting place for many Frenchspeaking immigrants. The FFT is currently working to establish a reception service.
 

Francophone Immigrants by Immigration Period, Northwest Territories

Francophone Immigrants by Immigration Period, Northwest Territories

Data from: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census