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Summary Report - 3rd Rendez-vous of the Réseau des villes francophones et francophiles d’Amérique in Moncton, August 15–17, 2019

September 6, 2019


Photo credit: Louis-Philippe Chiasson

Opening of the 3rd Rendez-vous of the Réseau des villes francophones et francophiles d’Amérique.

From left to right: Robert Melanson, Delegate for Lafayette’s Mayor-President; Dawn Arnold, Mayor of Moncton; Éric Marquis, Centre de la francophonie des Amériques board member; William Harold Nungesser, Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana; the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Canada’s Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie; the Honourable Dominic Cardy, New Brunswick’s Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development; Nathalie Roy, Québec’s Minister of Culture and Communications and Minister Responsible for the French Language; Régis Labeaume, Mayor of Québec City.

The 3rd Rendez-vous of the Réseau des villes francophones et francophiles d’Amérique (Francophone and Francophile Cities Network) took place from August 15 to 17 in Moncton, New Brunswick, with the theme Recognizing our Francophone and Francophile communities. The Rendez-vous was co-organized by host city and Network founder the City of Moncton and Network operator Centre de la francophonie des Amériques. It was attended by 200 delegates from the Americas, including representatives from some forty cities and towns and numerous partners.

Quotes


“It’s inspiring to see so many cities rally around the Network. We’re also delighted that local organizations and communities are showing interest and getting involved. It’s creating a synergy that bodes well for the future of the Network and La Francophonie in the Americas. The Network’s strength lies precisely in its ability to connect cities and communities in a way that fosters greater harmony among all residents.

On behalf of the Centre, I'd like to thank Moncton Mayor Dawn Arnold and her team for hosting the Rendez-vous and playing an active role in planning the event, with its invaluable opportunities for learning and networking.”


Johanne Whittom
President and CEO


“This third Francophone and Francophile Cities Network Rendez-vous was held in Canada’s only officially bilingual city during the Congrès mondial acadien 2019. The Rendez-vous highlighted the challenges and opportunities La Francophonie presents for tourist, economic, and sociocultural development in the Americas. The participants are no doubt leaving Moncton with a newfound awareness of, and appreciation for, Atlantic Canada’s French heritage, culture, and language. They’re also leaving with practical tools for launching projects and initiatives that will promote La Francophonie where they live, which is very rewarding for us.”

Dawn Arnold
Mayor of Moncton


Key developments

  • 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.
Interim working meeting in 2020
The next interim working meeting will be held in Winnipeg as the province of Manitoba celebrates its 150th anniversary. Mathieu Allard, a Winnipeg municipal councillor, was on hand to invite members and partners to attend.

Highlights

Many thanks to our partners


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