Parent booklet aims to support families in Francophone minority settings

September 28, 2007

Ottawa – The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is pleased to participate in the joint launch of a new parent booklet entitled Dream big, little by little/Voir grand, petit à petit, in cooperation with the Commission nationale des parents francophones (CNPF) and l’Association canadienne d’éducation de langue française (ACELF), two highly respected national Francophone organizations.

“An estimated one million Francophone Canadians are now living in provinces or territories where French is a minority language,” explains CTF President Emily Noble. “Every year, an increasing number of Francophone Canadians start families with non-Francophone partners. The majority wish to continue a tradition of French-language education for their young ones.

“Our three organizations set out to help these families in their quest to place the Francophone culture at the heart of their homes. The booklet will hopefully -- little by little -- help children under the age of five build a Francophone identity that will last a lifetime and beyond,” explains Noble.

The 24-page booklet, a collection of easy-to-read suggestions, aims to help families in Francophone minority settings instill in their young children a love of their own Francophone culture and language before they start school.

“What is unique about this booklet is that the English section is not a mere translation of the French but a carefully crafted adaptation which is geared to the needs of the Anglophone parent. Parent focus group discussions were our guiding light as we compiled this information. The French version of the booklet targets the Francophone parent. In its entirety, the booklet represents a marriage of information for the benefit of their children’s educational growth.

“CTF has long been a defender of the right of Francophones to quality education in their language and to the governance of their schools,” explains the CTF President.

“Thanks to federal government funding, we are proud of this latest initiative which will be added to our collection of resources now available to teachers, students and families in Francophone minority settings,” concludes the President. For more information and to order this booklet, visit our
Web site at www.ctf-fce.ca.

CTF speaks for 220,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on education and related social issues. CTF membership includes Member organizations in every province and territory in Canada. CTF ( http://www.ctf-fce.ca) is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International (http://www.ei-ie.org).

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Information: Ronald Boudreau, Director of Services to Francophones, 613-232-1505
Media Contact: Francine Filion, Director of Communications, 613-232-1505, ext. 130