The Last 30 Years

1979
Francophones in Yukon form an association, which in 1982 becomes the Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY). AFY is responsible for the creation of L'Aurore boréale in 1983.

1984
Following a traffic violation, Daniel Saint-Jean, a Yukon Francophone, claims in court that the charge is unconstitutional because it is written only in English. This results in the first serious discussions between the federal and territorial governments regarding the territory's obligation to serve Francophones in their language.

Creation of the French mother tongue education program, called the programme-cadre de français. This program, which offers education from 1st to 6th grade, was created thanks to the efforts of parents and teachers. Thirty-four chidren attend the program's two classes in the basement of the Whitehorse Elementary school. The education file continues to evolve with the creation of the Garderie du Petit cheval blanc (1989) and École Émilie-Tremblay becoming unilingual French (1990) and offering a 12th grade (1995). Meanwhile, a new school act is adopted in 1990 and elections for Francophone school councillors are held in 1991.

1985
Volunteers from AFY start broadcasting the program Rencontres on CBC Yukon's airwaves

1986
The years 1986-1988 are a time of great effervescence for the community. Yukon Francophone flag is designed (1986) and two years later, the first Canada-Yukon agreement on languages is signed and Yukon Official Languages Act is adopted. The same year, the Bureau des services en français (today the Direction des services en français) is established.

1993
UNESCO endorses AFY's community relations policy, Vivre ensemble en harmonie.

1995
Francophone women establish their own association,
Les EssentiElles. The comité Espoir Jeunesse is created, as well as the theatre group Les Voyageurs at the Émilie-Tremblay School. The Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon (CSFY) no 23 is created.

1999
Eight years after obtaining the signal of Radio-Canada's French-language FM radio, Francophones in Whitehorse gain free access to Radio-Canada's French-language television service.

2000
Four years after it began offering a regular education service for adults, AFY creates the Service d'orientation et de formation des adultes (SOFA).

2002
The comité Canada-France, nowadays the Espace France-Yukon, is created.

2005
The Centre de la francophonie, opened in 2001, becomes the only one-stop service offering support for newcomers. The Fondation boréale is also created; its mission is to fund educational projects.

2007
May 15 is declared the official date of the Journée de la francophonie yukonnaise by the territorial government.

2008
First edition of the Festival du solstice. This unique celebration held during the longest days of the year presents activities and events showcasing Yukon's Francophonie with several Francophone, Francophile and Anglophone artists.