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The Francophone Affairs Branch serves as a liaison between the provincial government and the province's French-speaking population. We provide policy and translation support to all provincial government ministries and agencies to offer and improve French-language services.
The Francophone Affairs Branch is also responsible for the French-language Services Centre. The Centre serves as a single window for the public to access services and programs of the Government of Saskatchewan in French.
The government of Saskatchewan offers French-language services in areas such as Education, Employment, Justice and Immigration. Find what French-language services are available by contacting the French-language Services Centre or by visiting the Bonjour! website.
The Centre serves as a single window for the public to access services and programs of the Government of Saskatchewan in French. It gives priority to the delivery of online and telephone services to ensure the same level of coverage for all Francophone communities in the province.
For online information regarding programs and services available in French:
To contact the French-language Services Centre:
By phone: 1-888-345-0850
By email: email@example.com
In 2003, Saskatchewan adopted a French-language Services Policy in recognition of Canada's linguistic duality and of Saskatchewan's Francophone community.
Under this policy, Saskatchewan develops French-language services in priority areas in close consultation with the Francophone community in support of their development and vitality.
This policy applies to the provincial government, its ministries, crown corporations and other agencies.
The policy contains three service goals:
In 2020, Saskatchewan developed Guidelines to compliment the French-language Services Policy. The intent of these guidelines is to clarify commitments contained in the French-language Services Policy and to provide a more strategic and coherent approach to the application of the policy across government. These guidelines should be read alongside the Policy.
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 2022.
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.
Advise the 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:
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 minister. 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.
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 Minister will provide administrative support to the committee's activities as well as support additional work as mandated by the minister.
Alpha Barry, Regina
Alpha Barry was born in Senegal, a country famed for its hospitality ("teranga" in Wolof), and has lived in Saskatchewan since 2005. A proud Francophone, husband, and father of three young children, he has been a board member of the Conseil scolaire fransaskois since November 2014, and has been its Chair since 2017. He is also a member of the University of Saskatchewan's Senate, mandated by the Saskatchewan School Boards Association to speak on behalf of the school community, from kindergarten to Grade 12. Mr. Barry holds a degree in Business Administration and is a member of Chartered Managers Canada (CIM). He is part of the administrative team at the University of Regina, as the operations manager and project coordinator for French-language health training for La Cité universitaire francophone of Regina.
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. 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.
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.
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).
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.
Jolanta Bird, Saskatoon
Jolanta Bird is a student, entrepreneur and active community member. As an Aboriginal woman, she is keen to learn about First Nation traditions, notably through her involvement with the Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre Company. She graduated from École Valois in Prince Albert where she was president of the student council. She is active in the Francophone community as VP of the Association jeunesse fransaskoise (Fransaskois Youth Association). As a board member at the youth association, she participated in a conference marking the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act. She currently studies Business at the University of Saskatchewan. She plans to pursue her studies in Law.
Hélène Grimard, Saskatoon
Born and raised Fransaskoise, Hélène Grimard has not only maintained her first language, but has also helped it flourish by directing her career and volunteer work towards learning at all levels. Her career has focused mainly on French immersion and core French education, as well as education in Fransaskois schools, as she has taken on a wide variety of roles: member of the support staff, teacher, member of the school administration, and manager. She has been teaching provincial and federal public servants and has also taught courses for the Alliance française. As a volunteer, she has collaborated with Canadian Parents for French to promote their Concours d’art oratoire (a public speaking competition) and organized the competition of the Saskatoon Catholic School Board’s French immersion schools. She has sat on the executive board of the Saskatchewan Association of Teachers of French (SATF) and on the executive board of the Fédération des Francophones de Saskatoon. As well, she sat on the Conseil scolaire fransaskois as a representative of the Saskatoon region between 2017 and 2020. She is currently an administrator of the Association des parents fransaskois and a member of the University of Saskatchewan Senate, mandated by the Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise to ensure the Francophone community’s voice is heard.
Denis Simard, Regina
Denis Simard has been involved in the Canadian Francophonie for many years. A graduate of College Mathieu in Gravelbourg, Denis was Executive Director of the Association jeunesse fransaskoise and of the Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise (ACF). An engaged Fransaskois citizen, he first became involved with the Conseil jeunesse francophone de la Colombie-Britannique, the Conseil culturel fransaskois, and the Centre culturel Maillard. He was elected president of the ACF in 2018.
Visit the Publications Centre to view Reports of the Advisory Committee on Francophone Affairs.
Learn more about Les Fransaskois - Saskatchewan's Francophones.
The Francophone Affairs Branch is responsible for managing the Canada-Saskatchewan Agreements in collaboration with the federal Department of Canadian Heritage.
Through this agreement, Saskatchewan shares the costs with the federal government of providing French-language services to Saskatchewan residents. These services include, but are not limited to:
Saskatchewan and Canada have entered into similar arrangements since 1988.
In 2009, the Government of Saskatchewan initiated an annual program to recognize Francophone communities for their perseverance and pride in preserving their cultural heritage and their contributions to the province. Up to two communities will be awarded annually with an engraved commemorative plaque that is mounted on a monument and includes a flag pole and a Fransaskois flag.
A community is defined as a group of people with a common characteristic or interest, living in a common location. Any village, town, regional municipality or city in Saskatchewan could be considered eligible for the purposes of this program.
Any person, group, organization or municipal government may nominate a community by submitting a nomination form to the Francophone Affairs Branch of Executive Council.
To be considered for provincial recognition, the community must demonstrate a historical and/or cultural significance to the development of Saskatchewan's Francophone community.
The community should be, or have been, associated with events, places, people, organizations or institutions which have made a lasting contribution to the economic, social, cultural or political history of Saskatchewan's Francophone community.
Nominations of communities by individuals must be accompanied by a letter of support from the local municipal government. This will facilitate the process of choosing the appropriate location and installation of the award as well as ensure the site will be maintained.
The Francophone Affairs Branch will recommend the nominated communities to the minister responsible for Francophone Affairs based on the entirety of information submitted with the nomination package, including any letters of support from the municipality and other interested parties.
Only one nomination form is accepted per community.
It is important to provide all of the information requested on the nomination form to ensure that the Francophone Affairs Branch is able to evaluate the nomination effectively and to make an informed recommendation. The Francophone Affairs Branch will acknowledge receipt of all nominations. If required, additional information will be requested of the nominator before making a recommendation.
In the summary statement, briefly explain the reason(s) you are nominating this community.
Please provide up to three letters of support from others for the nomination, in addition to the municipal letter of support, explaining why the nominated community is worthy of this award. Please do not exceed three letters. These letters may come from local and provincial organizations, community leaders or community members, for example.
You may provide materials such as pictures, newspaper articles or historical documents (no original documents please) in support of your nomination, including an expanded statement of your reason(s) for the nomination and/or a list of the nominated community's achievements. Please ensure this material is succinct and directly relevant to the nomination.
Submitting a Nomination
The annual deadline for receipt of nominations is March 31. Nominations received after this date will be held for consideration the following year. Individuals submitting a nomination must sign the nomination form.
All information provided will be held confidentially and exclusively for the use of the selection committee.
Submit signed nomination form and supporting material by:
Francophone Affairs Branch
300 - 3085 Albert Street
REGINA SK S4S 0B1
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