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Currently, six Francophone organizations forms the FFTNL:

  • l'Association régionale de la Côte-Ouest (ARCO)representing Francophones on the Port au Port Peninsula;
  • Franco-Jeunes de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador (FJTNL) ;
  • l'Association communautaire francophone de Saint-Jean (ACFSJ) ;
  • l'Association francophone du Labrador (AFL) ;
  • la Fédération des parents francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador (FPFTNL).
  • Le Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador (RDÉE TNL)

Several organizations, some previously mentioned, created La Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador on November 17, 1973, in order to maintain cooperation and communication between the organizations. They had a common goal of ensuring the survival of the French language in Newfoundland and Labrador. This union gave them the political strength necessary to make their voices heard. The FFTNL is a not-for-profit organization financed mainly by contributions from the Department of Canadian Heritage Development through the Official Languages Program.

The first 10 years of the FFTNL were likely the most difficult. Before 1970, Francophone communities in Newfoundland and Labrador were not as well represented at the provincial level as they were federally. Francophones in our province were given official recognition when the federal government created a way to enhance the vitality of official language minority communities. Even though the financing from Ottawa made the creation of the FFTNL possible, Francophone issues were and continue to be a provincial responsibility.

Among our most important accomplishments is the implementation of a French immersion program. Since the provincial government refused to support the creation of French-language schools, this program was the most we could accomplish at the time.

But it was not until 1982 with the patriation of the Canadian Constitution and the entrenchment of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, that minorities acquire real rights. Following this historic event, the FFTNL finally received the necessary tools to advance its records both socio-economic and political. The first priority was the education in French. It is undeniable that without such a palliative, Francophone communities were doomed to assimilation and even extinction. After all this way, in 1984, the Mainland village on the west coast of Newfoundland finally sees the opening of the first French school in the province. The same year, volunteers from The FFTNL create Le Gaboteur which is still, to date, the only French newspaper in Newfoundland and Labrador. Three years later, in addition to the lifting of the official flag of Francophones of Newfoundland and Labrador, we witness the groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the Centre scolaire et communautaire Sainte-Anne of Mainland.

In 1988, the FFTNL creates a new organization: Franco-Jeunes de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador (FJTNL). Its mandate is to ensure community life, cultural and economic force for Francophone youth from 13 to 21 years. The following year, another organization is established, the Fédération des parents francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador (FPFTNL). The FPFTNL must defend the interests of children and parents francophones and claim their rights in education.

Francophones lives another symbolic gesture when May 30, 1992, the Franco-Newfoundland and Labradorian flag rises for the first time before the Confederation Building. To commemorate this event, communities celebrate each year at this time that recognition of their rights. During 1993, the Board of the Newfoundland and Labrador Literacy Coalition provides a reward to the FFTNL, recognizing the struggle to obtain education in French in Newfoundland and Labrador.

To ensure stronger links between villages that form the Francophone community on the Port au Port, FFTNL is successful in obtaining funds for the creation of the "French Ancestors Route" between Mainland and Cape St. George. This road was officially opened in 1994. The same year, the Centre scolaire et communautaire Sainte-Anne in Mainland is finally completed, the school and the Association régionale de la Côte-Ouest (ARCO) settled here. In 1995, we witness the signing of the first agreement between Canada and the Francophone community of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Once the Supreme Court of Canada issued its interpretation of the provincial areas of responsibility for education in minority languages​​, FFTNL obtained in 1996, recognition of the rights of francophones in the province for their own school board. The following year, Canada and the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador sign an agreement on the establishment of schools and a provincial francophone school board. The culmination of these steps are now helping the tedious coordination system in French by Francophone communities in order to provide quality education.

In 1998, Canada and the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador sign an agreement concerning the promotion of Official Languages​​. The provincial government finally decreed in 1999 that May 30th of each year will be the day of the Francophonie in Newfoundland and Labrador. The same year, a second agreement was signed between Canada and the Francophone community of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The new millennium saw the birth of the Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador (RDÉE) within the FFTNL. The new organization's mission is to strategically position the Francophone communities in the areas of economic development and human resources. That same year, the Fédération receives from the Société Nationale de l'Acadie, the Léger-Comeau Medal and a Certificate of Merit for his services to the Acadian community.

Today, the FFTNL still leads out several hot issues. In 2002, the FFTNL officially announced the creation of a school and community center in the provincial capital, which in 2004, welcomed all Francophone organizations. This merger has facilitated the relationship between these entities and created a more united Francophone community in the Capital Region.






Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador (FFTNL)
65, chemin Ridge, 2e étage, bureau 233
St. John's (Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador)
A1B 4P5

Date d'impression : 2021-04-15
Téléphone : 709-722-0627
Télécopieur : 709-722-9904
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