March is a time for Francophones to celebrate! For the 21st consecutive year, the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie is taking place across Canada. Hundreds of events highlighting community spirit and Francophone diversity, as well as the arts and culture, are planned across the country.
Saskatchewan itself is hosting around 100 events organized all around the province.
All Saskatchewanians, regardless of whether or not they speak French, are invited to join in the celebrations with the Fransaskois.
Kaya Free, a Fransaskois rapper of Burundian origin who won the Nouvelle scène 2018 contest, aptly states, “Anyone interested in taking part in the events organized by Francophones of Saskatchewan most certainly should do so, as well as do all that is necessary so that Francophones can grow in French, broaden their horizons and share in cultural experiences.” [translation]
The International Francophonie Day, which is part of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, takes place annually on March 20 and celebrates the language and culture shared by 300 million speakers spread across five continents (International Organisation of La Francophonie website). For the past several years, the provincial government has officially dedicated the month of March to the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie in Saskatchewan.
In honour of the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, Fransaskois flag raising ceremonies will take place all over Saskatchewan. The Francophone Affairs Branch will attend the ceremony planned for March 6, at 12:30 p.m., in front of the Legislative Building in Regina.
For Kaya Free, who will be the guest of honour at the ceremony in Regina, it is important to attend such events, as “it is a way to affirm ourselves, to show that we exist and that we will continue to exist, and to display our history, culture and Francophone community in Saskatchewan”.
The Fransaskois flag, which was adopted as a provincial emblem by the Government of Saskatchewan in 2005, recognizes the status of French as one of Canada’s official languages, will be raised in front of the Legislative Building in Regina.
In addition, during the entire month of March, 42 Fransaskois flags will fly on the Albert Street Memorial Bridge to pay tribute to the heritage of Saskatchewan’s Francophones and their contributions to the province. The Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise is leading this initiative.
Do you know the meaning behind the golden backdrop, the green cross and the red fleur-de-lis? Visit Emblems and Flags to learn more!
To find out more about the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie programming, visit: https://rvf.ca/en/calendar.