The Last 30 Years

A youth rally called "On s'garoche à Batoche" is held in Batoche and Saint-Laurent-de-Grandin and marks the creation of the Fête fransaskoise, a French-language cultural festival that becomes an essential meeting place for the Fransaskois community.

The Bureau de la minorité de la langue officielle (BMLO), which had long been requested by the Association culturelle franco-canadienne de la Saskatchewan (ACFC), is set up by the Department of Education. Its role is to develop and perfect French-language education programs. A number of immersion schools gain an enriched French program, and a network of French-language schools is created across the province. The BMLO is now the French Education Branch (FEB).

The Association des parents fransaskois (formerly known as the Commission des écoles fransaskoises) is created. Following the adoption of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, parents undertake a long effort to secure governance of French-language schools in the province. Their efforts results in an amendment to the School Act in 1993 and the establishment of a provincial school board (the Conseil des écoles fransaskoises) in January 1995.

Radio Canada's local television station begins broadcasting in Saskatchewan. It produces a daily local newscast and various local programs, while also offering Radio Canada's national French-language programming and contributing to local radio programming.

The Supreme Court of Canada renders its decision in the Mercure case (Father André Mercure had refused to pay a traffic ticket written in English only). The Court decides in favor of André Mercure; this forces the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta to adopt language acts.

The first Canada/community Agreements are signed between the Fransaskois community and the Government of Canada. These funding agreements aimed at the network of community organizations increases the community's financial means and allows provincial and regional associations to secure the resources to undertake long-term projects.

The Language Institute building is inaugurated on the University of Regina Campus. This multi-purpose building houses a residence, a cultural centre, classrooms, a theatre and administrative offices. Today, the building houses the Institut français, the Education Bachelor's degree as well as the French Department. The Institut français is a rallying point for all Francophones on campus.

The members of the Association culturelle franco-canadienne de la Saskatchewan decide to create a new structure to represent the community. The Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise is established with a structure reflecting that of a government – the province is divided in 12 electoral districts in which French speakers democratically elect their representatives.

The Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise joins the Association canadienne française de l'Alberta and Gilles Caron in the Caron case, which challenges the legality of current language laws in Saskatchewan and Alberta. This case relies on historic proof which suggests that linguistic rights granted to Francophones in the West in the 19th century were constitutional rights and are still valid today. This historic proof has never been used before the courts until now.