Cultural and community life

 

  • Since 1988, the folkdance group of the Émilie-Tremblay School, Les Souliers dansants, has performed all over Yukon at various cultural events. The group continues to bring together young 4th-grade students.

  • In 1995, a theatre group was created at the Émilie-Tremblay School. Les Voyageurs has presented plays in Yukon, Quebec, Alberta and Manitoba.

  • Les EssentiElles have also created a theatre group, which gained critical acclaim for its presentation of Michel Tremblay's Les Belles-Soeurs in 1998. In 1999, the group put on a collective creation named Les Époux vendables. In 2003, with the Anglophone community, they co-produced a play inspired by the Vagina Monologues and presented it in its French version: Monologues du vagin.
  • The cultural sector at the Association Franco-yukonnaise (AFY) is dedicated to ensuring access to rich and varied Francophone experiences. Support for the arts community is important, as is the development of cultural and community activities. Increasingly, the French school and other community groups such as the Francophone women's group Les Essentielles and the comité Espoir Jeunesse take an active part in the cultural life of Francophones in Yukon.
  • Every Friday evening since 1991 in Whitehorse, Cafés-rencontres held in AFY's community hall provide Francophones and Francophiles with an opportunity to relax in pleasant company.
  • The territorial library has a collection of French works.
  • Each year, several Francophone events are part of Yukon's cultural life, notably the Festival de films francophones, the Gala de la francophonie which showcases local artists and recognizes contributions by members of the community, the popular Cabane à sucre during the winter carnival, Sourdough Rendez-vous as well as the Souper à la bonne franquette featuring the Concours de talents each February, the combined Solstice and Saint-Jean-Baptiste celebrations, Canada Day, the Soirée d'Amitié France-Yukon and l'Épluchette de blé d'Inde.
  • Yukon boasts several festivals where renowned Francophone artists and musicians perform: the Frostbite Music Festival, Yukon Storytelling Festival, the Dawson City Music Festival. In addition, AFY organizes visits by French-speaking authors and artists in Yukon schools, in partnership with the Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon, Yukon Department of Education – French Programs and Émilie-Tremblay school.
  • AFY and Yukon Arts Centre are working together to offer several quality Francophone shows every year and to include Francophone artists in the annual program of exhibitions.
  • Yukon boasts several Francophone artists, especially in literature as well as visual and performing arts. Yukon is regularly enriched by new groups presenting quality cultural events:
  • In the field of literature, AFY published a historical collection in two volumes, Empreinte : La présence francophone au Yukon (1825-1950) by Caroline Boucher, in 1997. The following year, an Oblate priest and pioneer in Yukon, Jean-Paul Tanguay, published his memoirs in French, Mon petit monde. AFY also published, in 1991, Un jardin sur le toit by Cécile Girard and Renée Laroche. This historical novel presents a brief history of Francophones in Yukon. An information booklet entitled La francophonie, une richesse nordique was also published by Yann Herry in collaboration with Ruth Armson for AFY.
  • In 1992, AFY released the first edition of the board game Klondike, a bilingual trivia game about Yukon.