In January 2009, the Government of Saskatchewan appointed eight members to the Advisory Committee on Francophone Affairs. The mandate of this committee has recently been extended to 2019.
The Committee works with representatives from different provincial Francophone organizations and ministries to offer advice to the government and assist with the implementation of Saskatchewan's French-Language Services Policy to provide better access to services in French.
Terms of Reference
Advise the Provincial Secretary in his role as Minister responsible for Francophone Affairs through the review and analysis of programs and policies to guide the implementation of Saskatchewan’s French-language Services Policy.
Duration of the Committee
The Advisory Committee of Francophone Affairs shall be constituted for a period of three years from the date of its creation through Order-in-Council. Further renewal of its mandate will be considered after appropriate review.
Membership, Composition and Appointment Process
The Advisory Committee shall consist of six to eight members:
- The Chair will be nominated by the Minister responsible for Francophone Affairs and will be a voting member of the Committee.
- The Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise provincial chair will be the only ex official member of this Committee.
- Other members will come from civil society, representatives from Fransaskois community stakeholder organizations, the business community and recognized experts in certain policy fields.
- Members on the committee will be appointed for a period of three years by the Minister following a call for recommendations to community stakeholder groups.
- The committee will ensure a balance between sectors, gender, and regional representation.
Authority and Reporting Relationship
The Chair of the Advisory Committee will be nominated for a term of three years and will report directly to the Provincial Secretary. Members will be appointed for a term period of three years.
With the administrative support of the Francophone Affairs Branch, the Chair will ensure that minutes for each meeting are produced in both official languages and that these as well as recommendations made by the committee are communicated to the Minister within 14 workings days of a meeting.
- Establish a dialogue with Francophone stakeholder groups to discuss relevant issues, community needs, and existing government services.
- Establish a dialogue with relevant ministries, Crown corporations, and agencies to seek advice on key issues and discuss current French-language services activities.
- Under referral from the Provincial Secretary, conduct consultations, research, and analysis of policy options in response to specific issues.
- With the support of the Francophone Affairs Branch (FAB), conduct evaluation of current French-language Services Policy and recommend relevant modifications as necessary.
- Provide advice to the Government of Saskatchewan with regards to the implementation of its French-language Services Policy through recommendations to the Provincial Secretary.
Frequency of Meetings
The Advisory Committee shall meet at the request of the Minister or the Chair at least three times in any calendar year. Extraordinary meetings may be convened at the request of the Minister or Chair.
Remuneration of Members
Members of the Advisory Committee shall be compensated based on applicable Treasury Board rates for honorarium, per diem, and travel expenditures.
The Francophone Affairs Branch within the Office of the Provincial Secretary will provide administrative support to the committee’s activities as well as support additional work as mandated by the Minister.
Michel Dubé (Chair), Prince Albert
Mr. Michel Dubé was born in Duck Lake, Saskatchewan. He has been involved with the Fransaskois community for a long time, notably in community development and education. He was a member of the board of the Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise (ACF) from 1999 to 2010, first as community representative from the Prince Albert district and then as president from 2006 to 2010. He is currently the president of the Société canadienne-française de Prince Albert.
Mr. Dubé has been a journalist, consultant and entrepreneur. He has owned several businesses including a produce farm and a fishing lodge. He is now owner of a small store featuring local goods and operates a bison farm north of Prince Albert.
Élizabeth Perreault, Bellevue
Ms. Élizabeth Perreault and her husband own and operate a farm near Bellevue. Ms. Perreault has volunteered within many organizations in her community, including the local Francophone association and the Francophone school in her area. She has represented the St-Isidore school district (Bellevue) on the Conseil scolaire fransaskois since 2008.
Joanne Perreault, Hoey
Ms. Joanne Perreault has worked for more than 10 years with the Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise, several years of which as deputy director. Living in Hoey, Ms. Perreault is self-employed, providing consultation and coordination services, and continues to be involved with the Fransaskois community.
Jean de Dieu Ndayahundwa, Regina
Originally from Burundi, Jean de Dieu Ndayahundwa lived in Belgium where he earned a Masters degree in International Economics and Development at the University of Namur prior to moving to Saskatchewan in 2009. Since arriving in Saskatchewan, Mr. Ndayahundwa has greatly involved himself in the Francophone community of Regina, specifically as manager of the Association canadienne-française de Regina (ACFR) for over four years. Thanks to his volunteer commitment within the Francophone community of Regina, he received in 2016 a recognition certificate from the ACFR. He holds a Non-Profit Management Certificate and currently works for the Conseil économique et coopératif de la Saskatchewan (CÉCS) in Regina.
Roger Gauthier, Saskatoon
Living in Saskatchewan for the past 40 years, Mr. Gauthier has been actively involved in the Fransaskois community both as a professional and as a volunteer at the local, provincial and national levels in multiple sectors: communications, economics, community development, cultural and artistic development, education, and involvement with parent and early childhood issues. Over the past seven years, his commitment has focused more specifically on improving access to health services in French through his role in the Réseau Santé en français.
Etienne Gravel, Saskatoon
Originally from Quebec, Mr. Gravel has lived and worked for five years in the Fransaskois community. His rich and varied experience has enabled him, among other things, to familiarize himself with rural and urban realities of the Fransaskois community. After spending his first years with French-speaking residents of Gravelbourg as a cultural animator at the Conseil des écoles fransaskoises and as a volunteer with the Association communautaire fransaskoise de Gravelbourg (ACFG), he now works in Saskatoon with the Association jeunesse fransaskoise (AJF) as program manager.
Janice Murphy, Regina
Living in Saskatchewan for almost 20 years, Janice first worked at Collège Mathieu, offering, among other things, computer training for Francophone women in the province. She has volunteered with various Fransaskois associations, including the Fédération provinciale des Fransaskoises (FPF), the Association communautaire fransaskoise de Gravelbourg (ACFG), and the Association canadienne-française de Regina. She founded a family with her spouse from the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire, enabling her to experience French education from daycare to Grade 12, and to better understand the challenges and successes of French-speaking newcomers. She currently works as a senior human resources partner with the Crown Corporation, Farm Credit Canada (FCC).
Françoise Sigur-Cloutier, Regina
Originally from France and established in Saskatchewan for more than twenty years, Ms. Sigur-Cloutier has worked within the Francophone community both at the provincial and national levels. Having completed postsecondary studies in philosophy and education, she has also studied in the area of administration. Ms. Sigur-Cloutier worked as director of communications for Radio-Canada and is presently employed as a consultant. Ms. Sigur-Cloutier is president of the Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise.