Since its creation in 1988, International Francophonie Day has been celebrated yearly on March 20th by over 300 million francophones around the world.
This day celebrates the French language and francophone culture while focusing on sharing and supporting the work of the Organization intérnationale de la francophonie. Their mission includes organizing political activities and actions that represent cultural and linguistic diversity and promotes the French language, respect for human rights, peace and sustainable development.
This year’s theme, “La Francophonie de l’avenir” (Francophonie of the Future) aims to underline the francophone community’s support of young people and their aspirations in entrepreneurship and sustainable development in a digital world.
Ontario is home to more than 600,000 francophones and 4.1 per cent identify French as their first language.
Ontario has over 400 years of rich and vibrant Franco-Ontarian culture reflecting various cultures and traditions, highlighting the multicultural reach of language.
Francophones have a long history of advocacy and assertiveness of their rights, and by extension, the rights of others in their communities. Most recently, Franco Ontarians united to save Laurentian Univerisity, they continue to promote the Université de l’Ontario Français (UOF), and they are helping francophone organizations struggling to survive as we emerge from the pandemic.
OPSEU/SEFPO recognizes and supports the contributions francophone members continue to make across the province while delivering public services and within our great union on this day, and always.
Célébrons ensemble! Stronger together!
Warren ‘Smokey’ Thomas, OPSEU/SEFPO President
Eduardo ‘Eddy’ Almeida, OPSEU/SEFPO First Vice-President/Treasurer
Lynne Lambert, Chair, OPSEU/SEFPO Provincial Francophone Committee