The Coopérative d’intégration francophone de l’Î.-P.-É. (CIF) helps settle French-speaking newcomers to the Island and is also in charge of the francophone population growth portfolio. In wanting to be more inclusive of Islanders who communicate at various levels of French and who want to be more present in the francophone community, they are developing a guidebook and training for organizations to better welcome, integrate and retain newcomers and Francophiles in their organizations, either as participants to their activities or as volunteers.
“We know there are many people out there who have learned French, be it through French immersion or classes in adulthood or even their family may have spoken French at home, but they never get a chance to use it outside of that context or are not confident enough in their ability to do so,” says Noella Richard, project coordinator. “According to Statistics Canada, there were nearly 13,000 French as a second language Islanders in 2016. We want to make sure these Francophiles and newcomers get the chance to be a part of the French community if they like and use their acquired language in different situations.”
They are presently consulting with people in those two groups to see what their needs are. “We have just finished a survey with newcomers to see how best to reach them and what kinds of activities they prefer, and now we are launching a survey to reach Francophiles. We will be following this up with focus groups across the Island to get a better idea of how organizations can reach these groups and better serve their needs.”
To help them in this project, CIF has received funding from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Canadian Heritage, and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
If you are a Francophile (no matter what level) and would like to answer the survey, click on the next link : https://fr.surveymonkey.com/r/NPRH72K
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