A new resource to support immigrant families in Francophone minority settings

September 28, 2011

(CTF News Service — Ottawa)  The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) and the Association canadienne d’éducation de langue française (ACELF) are pleased to launch Dream Big Together! at the ACELF Annual General Meeting in Ottawa, Ontario, on September 29, 2011.

“This new CTF resource is designed to foster dialogue on the issue of welcoming new immigrant families to better help their children develop, expand and improve their French-language skills and make French a centerpiece of their identity,” explains CTF President Paul Taillefer.

“Francophone communities in provinces and territories where French is the language of the minority are increasingly hopeful that immigration will counter population decline. Newcomers to Canada are now part of the Canadian Francophonie and we want to do everything we can to help them feel they belong,” adds the President.

Here are the details of the launch:

When:  Thursday, September 29, at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Westin Hotel, Ottawa
Who: Paul Taillefer, CTF President
Yves St-Maurice, ACELF President

“We are extremely grateful to the people who helped us plan and develop this resource by sharing their experiences, concludes the President.  The fourth resource in the Dream Big series addresses an important need and was made possible thanks to the support of our partners in education.”

CTF speaks for nearly 200,000 teachers in Canada as their national voice on education and related social issues.  CTF is also a member of the international body of teachers, Education International.

Information: Ronald Boudreau, Director of Services to Francophones, 613-899-4216

 Francine Filion, Director of Communications, 613-688-4314