Monday, August 26, 2013

Odyssey Program Celebrates its 40th Anniversary

Odyssey Program, formerly the Official-Language Monitor Program, is celebrating its 40 year anniversary this year. This program provides young Canadians the opportunity to travel to different parts of the country where they serve as language assistants in English or French as a second language (or French as a First Language) classes. To read the article, please visit

To learn more about the Odyssey Program, visit or > Students > Employment Exchanges.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

L.I.F.E. in Manitoba

CPF-MB has a brand new resource available online at!

L.I.F.E. (Linking Immigrants to French and English) in Manitoba provides information regarding Canada’s Official Languages and is available in both French and English. Primarily, it assists immigrants and newcomers to Manitoba, to make fully informed decisions when they choose language-based educational programs for their children.

Additionally, it serves to enhance understanding and appreciation of:

  • the history and relevance of Canada’s Official Languages;
  • French and English as modern day languages that have endured the passage of time throughout Canada’s history;
  • the social, cultural, educational and career benefits and advantages that bilingual Canadians have;
  • the rights of Canadians with regards to requesting the use of both French and English in community and business.

L.I.F.E. in Manitoba will also be available on in the coming week!

LIFE in MB EN posterLIFE in MB FR


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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence

Do you know an outstanding teacher? You can nominate them for the Prime Minister's Awards for Teaching Excellence! Deadline for nominations has been extended to April 19, 2013. For more information, please visit

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

French Rocks feat. Justin Lacroix - Cultural Tour 2012


Cultural Tour 2012 – “French Rocks! feat. Justin Lacroix”


This year, our Cultural Tour facilitator was Justin Lacroix, a bilingual singer/songwriter who has been touring Canada with his Funky, Folky, Bluesy Pop-Rock in English and en français since 2005. Justin visited 13 schools in Flin Flon, The Pas, Swan River, Roblin, Morden, Selkirk, Brandon, Elie, St. Adolphe, Winnipeg, Dugald and Stonewall.

The tour consisted of a song writing session in the morning, in which Justin created an original song with a group of students. A session full of brainstorming, crazy ideas and a lot of laughs, Justin and the students hammered out “One Direction pour toujours! One Direction tout les jours!” a song about boy band sensation One Direction to celebrate their 1 year anniversary of being a sensational boy band. A few students were given the opportunity to play a variety of instruments to help create the melody, and slowly but surely, the song began to take shape musically. To give you an idea of just how broad the song ideas were, the 2nd group that participated in the morning workshop created a song about Paul le panda rouge (Paul the red panda) who competed in a ping pong tournament in a pyramid.

The afternoon portion of the tour included a fun performance of Justin’s solo material for all those who were interested in participating. Justin played a wide variety of music; some French songs, some bilingual songs and some in English. The students at John Henderson Junior High were very much enjoying the concert as they clapped along and some students even sang when they knew the lyrics. Even the students who participated in the songwriting workshops got to get up on stage and share their new song with the whole school!

Here’s what some of the students and teachers had to say about “French Rocks!”:

-          “Justin a fait un travail magnifique pendant l’atelier d’écriture avec les élèves ! Il a vraiment su engagé les jeunes à écrire une chanson et à participer à la présentation de celle-ci. / Justin did magnificent work during the songwriting workshop with the students! He really engaged them in writing and presenting the song. “ - Teacher

-          “I really liked writing the song. It was really fun!” – Student

-          “Justin was really talented! He can play more than one instrument at a time!” – Student


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Friday, September 28, 2012

Fête de la culture 2012! Culture Days 2012!

Culture Days 2012 kicks off today (Fri, Sept 28) and runs until Sunday Sept 30! There are events taking place all over Winnipeg, and all across Manitoba. For example, tonight La LIM will be performing improv matches for FREE! Activities are taking place in both English and French all weekend long. If you'd like more information, or to see a list of all of the events and activities taking place, please visit: or


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