Health care and social services

The Réseau Santé en français de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador was created in 2003 and is headed by the Fédération des Francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador. Its goal is to develop more French-language services in health care establishments. In 2004, the Réseau published the first edition of the Répertoire des fournisseurs de services de santé en français de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, which lists 125 professionals who offer health services in French.

The 1.888.709.2929 Info-santé toll-free line offers bilingual health services to all Newfoundland and Labrador residents 24 hours a day, all year long.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Education and training

  • In 1996, Francophones finally obtained provincial recognition of their right to their own school board. In 1997, a federal-provincial agreement on school governance was signed and gave rise to the Conseil scolaire francophone provincial de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador, which manages the Frenchlanguage schools in the province.
  • In 2001, the Minister of Education announced the construction of a Centre scolaire et communautaire (school-community centre) in St. John's; the Centre scolaire et communautaire des Grands-Vents officially opened in April 2005.
  • In 2007, the Minister of Education announced the construction of a new building for the École Boréale in Goose Bay.
  • In 2008-2009, 270 students were enrolled the Frenchlanguage schools managed by the Conseil scolaire francophone provincial de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador. Enrolments have gradually increased since 2001.
  • In 2008, there were five homogeneous schools offering French-language education : the Centre scolaire et communautaire Sainte-Anne de La Grand'Terre (operating since 1989), École Notre-Dame-du-Cap de Cap Saint-Georges (1993), the Centre scolaire et communautaire des Grands-Vents (formerly the école française de St. John's and operating since 1998), the Centre éducatif l'ENVOL (1998) and École Boréale (2001).
  • The Conseil scolaire also provides transportation for nine students from the L'Anse-au-Clair region to the École Mgr Scheffer in Lourdes-de-Blanc-Sablon, Que.
  • Official languages education programs are available in Cape St. George, La Grand'Terre, L'Anse-au-Clair, Labrador City, Happy Valley-Goose Bay and St. John's.
  • The Fédération des parents francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador (FPFTNL) was created in 1989 with the participation of the Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador (FFTNL) to represent the interests of Francophone parents and children and advocate for their right to Frenchlanguage education under Article 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The FPFTNL is comprised of six parent committees. It has successfully worked to obtain the Conseil scolaire francophone provincial (CSFP). Today it is involved in pre-school and extra-curricular activities; FPFTNL has established the first Centre de la petite enfance et famille francophone, a centre for child care and family, located at the Centre scolaire et communautaire des Grands-Vents (CSCGV) in St. John's. Development projects for other Frenchlanguage child care centres in a family and/or school context are currently being studied.

FPFTNL publishes an annual magazine, L'Élan des parents, which provides information to the community on services offered. FPFTNL will celebrate its 20 years of existence in 2009. The programs it offers are:


  • Five French-language preschools (Cape St. George, La Grand'Terre, Labrador City, Happy Valley-Goose Bay and St. John's);
  • Four services dedicated to helping students with homework (Cape St. George, Labrador City, Happy Valley-Goose Bay and St. John's);
  • Two activity camps held on Saturday (Cape St. George and La Grand'Terre);
  • Two summer camps (Cape St. George and La Grand'Terre);
  • One service providing initiation to French for families at home (péninsule de Port-au-Port).

Cultural and community life

  • Local and regional associations in Newfoundland and Labrador are responsible for community development through cultural, economic, sports and social activities. These include the Association communautaire francophone de St-Jean (ACFSJ), the Association francophone du Labrador (AFL) as well as the Association régionale de la Côte-Ouest (ARCO) and its three local associations.
  • FFTNL promotes and coordinates province-wide cultural activities.
  • Four folk festivals are held annually on the Port au Port Peninsula: Une longue veillée, Une journée dans l' passé, Un plaisir du vieux temps and Festival du vent, an event held every October by the Association communautaire francophone de St-Jean.
  • The Jeux d'hiver franco-labradoriens are held every March in Labrador City.
  • The Journée de la francophonie terre-neuvienne et labradorienne is celebrated each May 30; there are celebrations in each community including raising the Franco-Terre-Neuvien flag. FFTNL holds a flag-raising ceremony at the House of Assembly attended by representatives of the government and the Francophone community. An Order-in-Council was signed in 1999 officially recognizing May 30 as the date of the Journée de la francophonie terre-neuvienne et labradorienne.
  • Ti-Jardin, Félix & Félix and The Benoit Kitchen Party are the three most popular musical groups of the province. They participate in local, provincial, national and international events (particularly in France).
  • The book "Against the Odds, the History of the Francophones of Newfoundland and Labrador" was published in French and English in 1992.
  • In the arts, several local amateur groups are active, notably the Chorale de l'Association communautaire francophone de St-Jean.
  • Availability of French-language cultural materials is limited: they can be found at certain English bookstores and some public libraries.
  • There are French Libraries at the Centre scolaire et communautaire Sainte-Anne in La Grand-Terre and at the Centre scolaire et communautaire des Grands-Vents in St. John's.

Communications

Newspapers and magazines

  • Le Gaboteur, a bi-weekly French-language newspaper established in 1984, focuses on Francophone news and issues and aims to act as a link between the different Francophone communities of the province.

  • Le FranCopain, a monthly published by the Association francophone du Labrador, aims to provide information to the community on French-language activities in the region.

Radio


  • Radio Canada provides programming from Montreal or the Atlantic region; provincial coverage by a French-speaking journalist based in Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • CJRM, la Radio communautaire du Labrador, started broadcasting in January 1993 and is available on the Internet since March 2009 (http://www.francotnl.ca/radio)

  • The community radio station at Memorial University presents a weekly program, La Voix française.

Television


  • Television programs from the Société Radio Canada, broadcast from Montreal and Moncton (for the news bulletins), are available in St. John's and Port au Port. Provincial coverage is provided by a French-speaking journalist based in Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • In Labrador, a wider variety of French-language networks is available.
  • Other French-language television stations, including RDI, TVA and TV5, are available in some areas by satellite and cable.

Major organizations

Established in 1973, the Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador (FFTNL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting French culture in the province and working to the development of the province's Francophone and Acadian community. As the community's official representative, FFTNL represents the interests of its five member associations which meet as a board of directors three times a year. Its offices are in St. John's, seat of the provincial government and home to regional federal offices dealing with Francophone rights in a minority situation. Funding for FFTNL comes mainly from the Department of Canadian Heritage, under the Official Languages Act. Its main functions include political representation, acting as a liaison with its members, and ensuring implementation of provincial initiatives.

Under the Official Languages Act, the federal government has an obligation to provide bilingual services in its departments and agencies and contribute to the development of minority-language communities. FFTNL works with Department of Canadian Heritage for the implementation of these obligations and serves as a link between federal departments and Francophone community organizations.

Namely, FFTNL is directly responsible for the provincial coordination of the culture, health and immigration files.

Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador (FFTNL)
65 Ridge Rd., 2nd floor, suite 233
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1B 4P5
Phone: (709) 722-0627
Fax: (709) 722-9904
Email: info@francotnl.ca
Website: www.francotnl.ca

FFTNL also manages the Réseau culturel francophone de Terre-Neuveet-Labrador and the Réseau Santé en français de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador

Provincial organizations


Association communautaire francophone de St-Jean (ACFSJ)
245-65 Ridge Rd.
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1B 4P5
Phone: (709) 726-4900
Fax: (709) 726-0437
E-mail: reception@acfsj.ca
Website: www.francotnl.ca/acfsj

Association francophone du Labrador (AFL)
308 Hudson St.
P.O. Box 453
Labrador City, Newfoundland and Labrador A2V 2K7
Phone: (709) 944-6600
Phone: (709) 944-6606
Fax: (709) 944-5125
E-mail: afl@crrstv.net
Website: www.francotnl.ca/afl

Association régionale de la côte Ouest (ARCO)
Box 190, RR 1
La Grand' Terre, Newfoundland and Labrador A0N 1R0
Phone: (709) 642-5254
Fax: (709) 642-5164
E-mail: info@arcotnl.ca
Website: www.francotnl.ca/arco

Conseil scolaire francophone provincial de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador (CSFP)
212-65 Ridge Rd.
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1B 4P5
Phone: (709) 722-6324
Toll free: 1 888 794-6324
Fax: (709) 722-6325
E-mail: conseil@csfp.nl.ca
Website: www.francotnl.ca/csfp

Franco-Jeunes de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador (FJTNL)
233-65, Ridge Rd.
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1B 4P5
Phone: (709) 722-8302
Fax: (709) 722-9816
E-mail: dg@fjtnl.ca
Website: www.francotnl.ca/fjtnl

Fédération des parents francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador (FPFTNL)
250-65 Ridge Rd.
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1B 4P5
Phone: (709) 722-7669
Toll free: 1 888 749-7669
Fax: (709) 722-7696
E-mail: info@fpftnl.net
Website: www.francotnl.ca/fpftnl

Le Gaboteur
254-65 Ridge Rd.
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1B 4P5
Phone: (709) 753-9587
Fax: (709) 753-9586
E-mail: redaction@gaboteur.ca
Website: www.francotnl.ca/gaboteur

Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador (RDÉE TNL)
233-65, Ridge Rd.
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador A1B 4P5
Phone: (709) 726-5976
Fax: (709) 722-9657
E-mail: info@rdeetnl.ca
Website: www.francotnl.ca/rdeetnl