Canadian Parents for French (CPF) is a national volunteer organization of adults who recognize the value of learning French and actively promote opportunities for young Canadians to learn and use French.
Canadian Parents for French – Manitoba (CPF-MB) provides French-second-language (FSL) learning information for parents, teachers and students seeking FSL related research data about programs in Manitoba and other areas of the country. It also provides and supports a variety of French language extracurricular activities for Manitoban youth.
CPF-Manitoba (CPF-MB) maintains a rich and varied assortment of information at www.mb-cpf.ca, and publishes a wealth of information in its newsletters, the CPF Manitoba NEWS.
CPF-MB acts as an advocate for FSL programs, such as French Immersion and Basic French, by providing information and practical support to parents who wish to establish new FSL programs in their communities, or make presentations to local school boards to influence changes in, or expansion of, existing programs.
CPF-MB has members in school divisions throughout Manitoba. It also has active volunteers who contribute many hours to support FSL programs by fund-raising, assisting with reading programs, organizing summer camps, visits and exchanges, and holding community events such as family fun nights for FSL students and parents.
Who benefits from CPF-MB activities?
CPF-MB provides services to students, teachers, parents and the community, and also facilitates extracurricular FSL initiatives for young Manitobans. These may include, but may not be exclusive to:
- Le Concours d’art oratoire; a French language speaking competition for Grades 3 to 12 students in French Immersion (FI), Basic French(BF) and French-first-language (FFL).
- French for Life Student Presentations; informative and interactive classroom sessions for (FSL) students in Grades 4-12, which highlight the benefits of linguistic duality in Canada’s two official languages.
- French for Life Parent and Teacher Presentations; information sessions for parents and teachers, which highlight the benefits of bilingualism, available FSL programs and options, and how to support children in FSL learning.
- French Cultural Tours; a subsidized French language and cultural experience for FSL students in school divisions where there is a CPF-MB chapter.
- French Summer Camps; subsidized camps for FI students aged 6-10 years in communities where there is a CPF-MB chapter.
- French Immersion Drama Extravaganzas; drama workshops for FI students in Grades 7 to 12.
- French Multi-Media Kits; traveling French resource libraries for FSL students in Grades K-12.
- French Theatre Projects; drama workshops for BF students in Grades 9-12.
- French for Career Options; career and life planning workshops for FSL students in Grades 8-10.
- Concours jeune artiste du Manitoba; a French language singing competition for FFL and FSL students in Grades 9-12.
- Stadacona to Québec dans un instant; an illustrative booklet that provides a humorous reflection of the history of Québec City, for FSL and FFL students in Grades 4-8.
- Québec City DVD and Lesson Plan Package; a teaching tool suitable for use with FFL and FSL students in Grades 4-8.
- CPF-Manitoba NEWS; a newsletter for CPF-MB members, which provides FSL related information, news, research and French cultural activity calendars.
35 Years of Advocacy and Counting
In 1977, Keith Spicer was serving as Canada’s first-ever Commissioner of Official Languages. Interested in the bilingualism of Canada's youth, he met with groups of parents across Canada who wanted their children to learn French as a second language (FSL) but who ran into roadblocks at the local school board.