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.