The 4th National Metropolis Pre-Conference on Francophone Immigration in Canada: What's in it for You?
In response to general demand, the Metropolis Project has come up with
a new format for this event that has people talking all over the country.
After three years of intensive academic research on the subject, we will
this year focus on public policy priorities related to attainment of the
objectives for Francophone immigration we have set together.
To enhance this new approach, we decided that it would be useful to forge a partnership with the Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie. In doing this, besides researchers, we are aiming at attracting three broad categories of participants: the members of the Intergovernmental Network on the Canadian Francophonie, the provincial and territorial governments' officials from immigration departments, and the francophone community organizations' representatives. Indeed, the participation of all these different stakeholders will enable us to give the delegates a more complete picture.
We will subsequently use the results to produce a compendium of best practices that will serve as a knowledge transfer tool on which we can draw in developing initiatives for attracting, integrating and retaining Francophone immigrants. But we are not going to ignore the work done by our colleges and universities. If you come to Montréal on March 18, 2010, you will get a copy of a handy summary of current research that takes stock of the issues we are examining.
Another focal point at the pre-conference will be dialogue between the multiple representatives. Special emphasis will be placed on interaction between the presenters and the participants. Lively debate will be encouraged, and all participants - Anglophones and Francophones alike - will be given the chance to voice their opinion (simultaneous translation will be available). We are looking forward to a great turnout so that we can continue our collaboration and make our communities even better!
Pre-conference Sessions on Francophone Immigration in Canada March 18,
|8:45 - 9:00||Opening Discourse:
- The Honourable Susan Sullivan, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
|9:00 - 9:30||Status
- Yves Saint-Germain, Citizenship and Immigration Canada
|9:30 - 10:00||Perspectives on Growing Diversity of the Canadian Francophonie: Identities and Shared Spaces
Hubert Lussier, Canadian Heritage
Profile of Achievements, Issues and Challenges of the Ministerial Conference on the Canadian Francophonie’s provincial and territorial governments
|10:30 - 10:45||Break|
|10:45 - 11:15||
Why Community Matters
|11:15 - 12:00||Question and Answer session|
|12:00 - 13:30||Lunch|
|13:00 - 13:30||Motivational Speech
- Graham Fraser, Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada
|13:30 - 14:45||Discussion Forum on the Role of Governments
- Chedly Belkhodja, Université de Moncton;
- Roda Muse, Industry Canada;
- Jacques Leroux, Ministère de l’Immigration et des Communautés culturelles du Québec;
- Les Linklater, Citizenship and Immigration Canada
|14:45 - 15:00||Break|
|15:00 - 16:15||
Discussion Forum on Networks and Community Partnerships
|16:15 - 16:30||
Closing of the Day / Launch of the Best Practices Manual on Francophone Immigration in Canada and of the Current Research Compendium on Francophone Immigration in Canada /
Invitation to the Opening of the Conference
This event was made possible through the financial support of our partners: