2019 Conference (Moncton)
August 15 to 17, 2019
Francophone and Francophile Cities Network
Close to 200 people came out to the Rendez-vous of Francophone and Francophile Cities Network in Moncton. Moncton is one of the network’s three founding cities and welcomed members and partners in the bosom of Acadie with the Acadian World Congress 2019 in full swing. Rendez-vous was jointly organized by the City of Moncton and network host institution Centre de la francophonie des Amériques, and representatives of some forty cities and numerous partners were on hand for the proceedings.
Special thanks to mayor Dawn Arnold for the warm welcome and congratulations to all the organizers and partners who contributed to the success of the event.
To consult the program
See videos of presentations, discussion panels, workshops and lunch & Learn
Friday, August 16th
Opening address - Francophonie in New-Brunswick
Herménégilde Chiasson, Brian Murphy and Sue Duguay
Panel discussion – Right fiers : creating dynamic municipalities that promote youth development and retention
Yasser Al Asmi, Sandrine Croteau and William McGrew
Lunch & learn – Telling the stories of the land
Presentation – Municipalism as a platform for local experimentation and international solidarity
Jonathan Durand Folco
Panel discussion – Celebrating the francophonie at the heart of a municipality
Magalie Bergeron, Darrel Nadeau and Laurent Saulnier
Saturday, August 17th
Presentation – Imagining the land’s potential
Geneviève Dorval-Douville and Jean-François Gingras
Workshop – Developing francophonie-based tourism
Roukya Abdi Aden and Élise Bégin
Panel discussion – Telling the stories of our cities’francophone heritage
Joseph Dunn, Normand Gousseau and Sébastien Roy
The Network’s progress report for the past year showed that the Network now has 155 member cities and towns and numerous Network projects and partnerships currently in the design or development phase that aim to promote French history, heritage, and culture in the Americas, including a number of tourist routes.
The 2019–2022 strategic plan was presented to the Network’s members and partners and is now available online; Centre de la francophonie des Amériques has made a firm commitment to implement it and to continue providing member cities and towns with the necessary support for developing tourist routes throughout the Americas.
Lectures and workshops gave participants the chance to reflect on the role of the French language in the Americas—a language with a long and storied history on the continent and the power to bring people together. These sessions also provided participants with new tools for developing tourist routes, with a special emphasis on history, culture, the economy, and youth—four key pillars of the Network’s strategic approach.
LOJIQ (Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec), OFQJ (Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse), BIJ (Bureau International Jeunesse), and Centre de la francophonie des Amériques announced that they are extending the program for work internships with Network cities and the partner organizations in those cities.
Fondation pour la langue française awarded two Fonds Langelier bursaries for the development of two Network tourist routes: the tourist route on the life and times of Louis Riel being developed by Entreprises Riel in Manitoba, and a tourist route project led by Association francophone des municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick.
Rendez-vous also provided the opportunity for partners who are starting on or have launched a tourist route to promote development of the Francophonie to hold a work session alongside the main programming. Participants discussed their experiences and the expertise they had acquired as well as the challenges they faced and the role of FFCN in developing these kinds of projects. In attendance were Winnipeg’s Entreprises Riel, Société économique de l’Ontario, New-Brunswick’s Association Francophone des Municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick, Nova Scotia’s Conseil de Développement Économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse, and New England’s Museum L-A in Lewiston–Auburn.
August 9th, 2019
RVFFA 2019 conference broadcast online
August 16th, 2019
Request for proposals: Internships 2020 - Internships in RVFFA member cities and partner organizations located on their territory
August 27th, 2019
Summary Report - 3rd Rendez-vous of the Réseau des villes francophones et francophiles d’Amérique in Moncton
Consult our press review about Rendez-vous 2019 in Moncton