Friday, September 06, 2013

Concours d'art oratoire 2013-2014 deadlines

Along with the new school year quickly getting underway comes some preparation for future French language events like Concours d'art oratoire.

September packages will be sent out in the next couple of weeks, and important dates to remember have been finalized. Please note the following dates in your calendar if you wish to have your school participate in the 2013-2014 Concours d'art oratoire, Canada's national public speaking competition for students in Grades 3-12.


Important Dates

December 13, 2013: Deadline to submit Intent to Participate to CPF Manitoba to ensure participation of school division/school in the provincial competition.

April 17, 2014: Deadline to notify CPF Mantioba of divisional winners (please use the Notification of Divisional Winners form and include the $18.00 registration fee for each student)

April 17, 2014: Deadline to submit Official Student Registration Form for students competing at the provincial level, in Grade 11/12 categories (except Impromptu)

May 3, 2014: Provincial Finals for all categories at the Université de Saint-Boniface (200, avenue de la Cathédrale)

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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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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Local Teen Receives Scholarship to Study in France

A 17 year old Winnipeg teenager, Katelynn, has received a scholarship from the Rotary Club of St. Boniface St. Vital to study the equivalent of her grade 12 year in the beautiful Pays de la Loire countryside in France. To read Katelynn's entire story, please visit


Félicitations Katelynn!

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Thursday, August 08, 2013

Why It Makes Sense to Know A Second Language

An interesting read from The Huffington Post (June 13, 2013 by Dan Roitman) on why it makes more sense than you think to learn a second language. To read the article in full, please visit

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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

CPF Member in The Globe and Mail

In January 2013, the CPF-Manitoba office received a phone call from a reporter with The Globe and Mail looking to speak with a parent who was an Immersion grad and who had put their children in Immersion. The article is in response to the growing rate of enrolment in the French Immersion program. To read the article in its entirety and read Andrea's story, please visit

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Thursday, August 01, 2013


Just a reminder that Folklorama starts this Sunday, August 4. The Franco-Canadian Pavillion will be at the CCFM (340 Provencher Blvd) starting August 11 for Week 2! For more information, please visit:

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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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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Conference Board of Canada Study, reveals that the knowledge of both official languages is an asset to the Canadian Economy

On Wednesday, June 19 Canada, Bilingualism and Trade released a study showing that knowledge of both official languages is an asset to the Canadian Econonomy. The study will be useful in demonstrating the social/economic benefits of being bilingual. For more information, please visit


Conference Board of Canada Study, reveals that the knowledge of both official languages is an asset to the Canadian Economy  

This paper has established that Bilingual Canada’s trade volumes are higher than would be expected, given its share of overall Canadian trade. As a share of overall world trade, Bilingual Canada trades much more with French-speaking countries than Less Bilingual Canada. These results do not come as a surprise because the empirical literature is clear—sharing a common language facilitates trade.

We also provided a numerical example of the benefits of trade, using David Ricardo’s famous theory of comparative advantage. Given that trade leads to increased prosperity and countries that share a common language trade more with each other, it follows that being a bilingual country will boost trade and, in turn, prosperity, as knowledge of more than one language increases the number of potential trade partners.

In fact, using two separate empirical techniques—location quotients and gravity equations—we were able to estimate how much proficiency in French has boosted trade between Bilingual Canada and French-speaking countries. We take comfort in the fact that both techniques yielded very similar results. In 2011, exports from Bilingual Canada to French-speaking countries were valued at US$2.7 billion, while imports from French-speaking countries to Bilingual Canada were valued at US$9.3 billion. Thus, average bilateral trade, using the geometric mean, was US$5 billion that year.

Using location quotients and using 2011 as an example, we determined that Bilingual Canada’s knowledge of French boosted exports by US$1.7 billion and imports by US$7.2 billion. Taking the geometric mean, we see that Bilingual Canada’s proficiency in French boosted average bilateral trade by US$3.5 billion in 2011.

According to our gravity equation analysis, we would expect Bilingual Canada’s trade with French-speaking countries to be more than 65 per cent higher than with countries that do not speak French. This means that, again using 2011 as an example, Canada’s nominal exports and nominal imports were each US$3.3 billion higher thanks to Bilingual Canada’s proficiency in French. 

Research shows that individuals benefit from being bilingual, as the ability to speak more than one language has a positive payoff. Thus, bilingualism confers private benefits on those who speak two languages. But this paper has shown that there are public benefits to bilingualism as well. General knowledge of French in New Brunswick and Quebec boosts trade between those provinces and French-speaking countries. Thus, higher bilateral trade is one mechanism through which all Canadians benefit from Canada’s status as a bilingual country.


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Monday, June 03, 2013

CPF-MB's new website

Canadian Parents for French -Manitoba has a new website! At the beginning of April 2013, Canadian Parents for French National rolled out new websites for each branch office in order to better help brand the organization nationally.

While will continue to be maintained for the next little while, we encourage you to take a look at our new website for all the latest news and happenings at CPF-MB:

Happy surfing!

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Cultural Tour 2013

Canadian Parents for French - Manitoba is proud to announce that Juno award winning artist Gérald Laroche will be facilitating our 2013 Cultural Tour! Dates are still available for the Winnipeg/Rural portion of the tour. This full day event consists of two 45-minute workshops for Immersion students in Grades 4-6 in the morning (9:30am - 11:00am), and one 60-minute performance in the afternoon for Basic French and Immersion students in Grades K-6 (1:00pm - 2:00pm). The workshops have a maximum of 25 students per session, and the performance can hold up to 200 students.

Workshops and performance will take place at the school and require 1 classroom (workshops) and the gymnasium or auditorium for the performance. Cost is $400 for AMO (Associate Member) schools, and $460 for non-AMO schools which includes a 1 year AMO membership to Canadian Parents for French.

For more information or to schedule your Cultural Tour date, please contact Stephanie at or 204-233-6403.

Cultural Tour Poster - Winnipeg and Rural

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Swan River celebrates 30 years of French Immersion

Canadian Parents for French - Manitoba would like to extend its congratulations to the community of Swan River on their recent milestone celebration of 30 years of French Immersion! Félicitations!! A celebration was held on May 16, 2013 at École Swan River South School and included student performances, speeches from teachers and administrators both past and present, as well as messages from Canadian Parents for French. To read a full recap of the evening's events, please visit


If your community is celebrating a milestone anniversary of French Immersion, Canadian Parents for French - Manitoba wants to hear about it! We would be happy to have someone attend your event and/or provide door prizes to give away. Please contact, or contact the CPF-MB office at 204-222-6537.


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Monday, April 08, 2013

Festival JAM a success!


After many months of planning and promotion, Canadian Parents for French – Manitoba, along with 100NONS and l’Université de Saint-Boniface (USB) were proud to present the 2nd edition of le Festival jeune artiste du Manitoba (Festival JAM) April 6 and 7, 2013 at USB! This exciting Manitoban Idol style event was organized to give youth in grades 6 to 12 currently enrolled in Basic French or the Immersion program the opportunity to take their French outside of the classroom and use it in a completely different environment.

Judges Renée Lamoureux (Keith and Renée), Jocelyne Baribeau (Madame Diva) and David Grenon (Francossins, Jetstream) had a difficult weekend ahead of them which was full of talented participants. Auditions started Saturday, April 6, where the judges were able to name the top 8 finalists who would move on to the finals on Sunday. Not only did those 8 finalists move on to Sunday’s performance, they were also able to participate in a one hour vocal workshop with Nadia Gaudet, a professional singer and vocal coach, to help them give their best performance the next day.

Sunday began with individual 30 minute rehearsal sessions for the finalists to practice with a live band accompanying them. The band was made up of Darren Savard, Joel Couture, Marc Arnould and Daniel Roy. It immediately became clear that everyone who was attending the finals would be in for a spectacular performance from each finalist that afternoon. Each of the finalists were very excited to showcase their talent as well, and that sentiment ran throughout the entire afternoon. Backstage after each performance, finalists congratulated each other on a job well done with high fives all around.

CPF-MB, 100NONS and USB would like to congratulate everyone who registered to participate in this exciting event as it takes a lot of courage to be confident enough to get up and sing in a different language in front of not only judges, but over 200 spectators who attended on Sunday. Also, a special congratulations goes out to our winners:

-          Erika Fowler, 3rd place winner ($250 prize and Festival JAM plaque)

-          Amber Landry, 2nd place winner ($500 prize and Festival JAM plaque)

-          Nolan De Leon, 1st place winner and new Jeune artiste du Manitoba ($1000 prize and Festival JAM trophy. Nolan also took home the $200 prize for crowd favourite!)


To read the write up that appeared in La Liberté, please follow the link below:

To view Nolan's encore performance, please follow this link:


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Monday, March 25, 2013

Festival jeune artiste du Manitoba

Just a reminder that this is the last week to submit your registration form or video audition for Festival jeune artiste du Manitoba! If you need a registration form, please contact

Festival JAM has it all: auditions, judges, a live band to back participants up at the finals, glitz, glam AND cash prizes! The participant named Jeune artiste du Manitoba will receive $1000 and the opportunity to professionally record the song they've competed with, 2nd place will receive $500 and 3rd place will receive $250! You are also invited to come take in the live finals on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at l'Université de Saint-Boniface and cheer on all of our finalists.

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to take YOUR French outside of the classroom and into the spotlight!

Festival jeune artiste du Manitoba Logo

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Friday, March 15, 2013

National Ambassdor Youth Forum

Do you love French? Are you passionate about bilingualism and involved in your school and community?

Send in your application for your chance to become a French for the Future ambassador!

Thirty students will be chosen to take part in the 2013 National Ambassador Youth Forum, which will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, from August 22 to 27, 2013. Travel, lodging and meals for the participants are covered by French for the Future.

For more information on the National Ambassador Youth Forum (NAYF), or to apply, please visit

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Thursday, March 07, 2013

Allons en France 2013

Canadian Parents for French and the Embassy of France are once again offering the Allons en France contest! The grand prize: An all-expenses-paid trip to Nice, France for one high school student in Canada.

This year, students in grades 11 ...and 12 who are studying French as a second language (FSL) are asked to submit their entries through Twitter! Contestants in Allons en France 2013 are invited to meet the challenge: Use eight of the 10 given words in four tweets (two per tweet) and include the hashtag #AEF2013. While there is no theme regarding what is tweeted, extra consideration will be given to tweets which are linked to one another.

For more information, including complete rules and instructions and the mandatory contest registration form, please download the documents that are posted at The contest will close on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

The Allons en France competition is being held as part of the French government’s “Dis-moi dix mots” project central to the Semaine de la langue française et de la francophonie (March 16-24, 2013). For more information on the project, please visit

Thank you for your interest in the competition, and please pass this message on to your children and students. Allons en France 2013: it's time to get tweeting!
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Thursday, January 24, 2013

ACPI's French Immersion Clip Contest

Encourage your students to develop their creativity en français! Invite them to participate in the French Immersion Clip contest -- they have a chance at winning a $12,000 scholarship to University of Ottawa. Visit the ACPI website for more information at

Encouragez vos élèves à développer leur créativité en français! Invitez-les à participer au concours Immersion clip; ils courent la chance de gagner une bourse de 12 000 $ à l'Université d'Ottawa.

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