High school resource to focus on language rights in Francophone minority settings

November 07, 2017

OTTAWA – The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) and the Fédération des associations de juristes d’expression française de common law inc. (FAJEF) are proud to release a new teacher resource: Knowing One’s Community Through Language Rights: Proposed Learning Content.

This resource aims to help teachers integrate education about French-language rights in compulsory social studies and law courses so that all students who attend French-language schools in minority settings have a basic knowledge of their language rights by the time they finish high school.

“The recognition of language rights has been at the crux, not just of the development of French-language schools, but also of the development of French-language services across the country,” says CTF President H. Mark Ramsankar. “In this context, it is essential for students to know their language rights and appreciate the importance of getting involved by asserting them and making use of expanded services in their language.”

For his part, FAJEF President Daniel Boivin states: “This new resource, which FAJEF has helped to produce, will better promote knowledge about language rights in schools.”

Knowing One’s Community Through Language Rights: Proposed Learning Content is the latest addition to the Knowing One’s Community series. This series suggests ways on which to reflect and build cultural identity in French-language schools, including through curriculum development.

High school teachers of social science and law who work in minority language settings in Canada as well as other teachers who would like to know more about language rights can access the resource on CTF’s website.

FAJEF is a group of regional, provincial and territorial associations of Francophone jurists committed to promoting and defending language rights in Francophone and Acadian communities, while promoting access to justice in French throughout Canada.

Founded in 1920, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is a non-profit organization and a national alliance of provincial and territorial Member organizations that represent over 238,000 teachers across Canada. CTF is also a member of Education International. @CanTeachersFed and @EnseigneCanada

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Information:

Sara Lafrance, Acting Director, Francophonie Program, 613-899-4216

Contact:

Francine Filion, CTF Communications Director, ffili@ctf-fce.ca or 613-899-4247