Celebrate Franco-Ontarian Day on Campus

Posted on Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Franco-Ontarian flag in the pocket of a Franco-Ontarian

Our community will be donning green and white on September 25 to celebrate Franco-Ontarian Day! A conference, a roundtable discussion, and an exhibit will shed light on the status of Franco-Ontarians in 2022. Of course, we will also spotlight our culture!

Below is a list of events designed to immerse you in the dynamic and vibrant Franco-Ontarian scene!


OLBI Class of ’23 / Second-language teaching series

September 22 | noon to 1 p.m.| Hamelin MHN02

Learning also takes place outside the classroom! The Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute invites you to attend a lunch-and-learn lecture by Mylan Allen at the Julien Couture Resource Centre.  

Allen, an aspiring teacher currently enrolled in the Faculty of Education, will describe the rewarding path his life has taken from a multilingual perspective, from an undergraduate degree in second-language teaching to a master’s degree in bilingualism studies.


The “Montfort Moment” in the Canadian Francophonie, 25 years later

September 22 at 5 p.m. | CRCCF, Morisset Hall | 65 University Private, Room 040 and September 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Simard Hall | 60 University Private, Room 125

On September 22 and 23, a conference on the “Montfort moment” and the battle fought by Franco-Ontarians to preserve their right to receive health care in French in their province will begin with a roundtable discussion in honour of Gisèle Lalonde.

Lawyers, historians, political scientists, geographers and health science specialists will come together to examine the details of a key episode in the recent history of French-speaking Ontario and Canada’s Francophonie.


An online exhibit to salute SOS Monfort!

September 22 to December 9, 2022 | online

Check out the SOS Montfort! online exhibit, which recaps the highlights of the battle fought by Franco-Ontarians to preserve their right to receive health care in French in their province. The exhibit includes artefacts from the CRCCF archives, including Gisèle Lalonde’s personal mementos, and from the Montfort Hospital’s archives.


Let’s celebrate Franco-Ontarian Day together!

September 23 | 11 a.m. to noon | Perez Terrace (in the event of rain: Jock Turcot University Centre – UCU Terminus)

Take in a free concert by local performer Sophie D’Orléans! Listen to pieces from Sophie’s repertoire, as well as her version of “Notre place,” the Franco-Ontarian anthem.

Show your colours by wearing green and white at the show! A limited amount of sweet treats will also be up for grabs. Follow @uOCampus on Instagram for a special contest this week!


Stopper le déclin du français en Ontario : les faits d’abord! [Stopping the decline of French in Ontario: Get the facts first!]

September 26 | noon to 1:30 p.m. | Room 125, Simard Hall

Data from the 2021 census of Canada’s population paints a complex picture of demographic language trends in Canada. Recent data on languages also informs the debate on the role of French and the demographic weight of Francophones in Ontario. We need to move beyond the commentaries, which swing from alarmist to passively resigned, to take a cold, hard look at the statistics in order to better understand emerging trends. A panel discussion will also help us reflect on the various strategies aimed at increasing the number of Francophones and Francophiles not only in the province, but also at the University of Ottawa.

Attend the Stopper le déclin du français en Ontario : les faits d’abord! panel discussion


Ilobify  – music to set a festive mood

All year long! | Spotify

Get in the party mood with the Francophone artists featured on the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute Spotify playlist. For Franco-Ontarian Day, the OLBI has put together a selection of tunes by Franco-Ontarian performers. Happy listening!


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