Advocacy is an involved process that, for CPF, includes organizing around a specific issue, building community support to influence decision makers, and advocating for FSL programs and for our children’s education.
Our research-based advocacy gives a voice to the thousands of Canadians nationwide who want greater linguistic opportunities for their children with every passing generation; and as successful advocates, we have informed and influenced decision-makers at every jurisdictional level, from the school board to the Canadian Cabinet.
Canadian Parents for French (CPF) held a national forum for French-second-langue (FSL) stakeholders on Wednesday, April 21st, 2004 in Ottawa. This forum provided an opportunity for national FSL stakeholders to review recommendations from a series of provincial and territorial FSL consultations that were made possible by the Department of Intergovernmental Affairs, in co-operation with Canadian Parents for French (CPF). Two panels of experts discussed the provincial and territorial recommendations from public school and post-secondary education perspectives. At the provincial/territorial consultations, FSL stakeholders across the country were asked to respond to findings from the national Vision and Challenges Symposium and to develop strategies, appropriate to their jurisdictions, which would assist in the realization of the goals of the federal Action Plan for Official Languages. Pan-Canadian FSL Consultation Report National FSL Consultation Report
Provincial and Territorial FSL Consultation ReportsBritish Columbia Yukon Alberta Northwest Territories Saskatchewan Manitoba Ontario Quebec Nova Scotia New Brunswick Prince Edward Island Newfoundland and Labrador
Speaking NotesSpeaking notes as presented by The Honourable Mauril Bélanger, Deputy Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Member of Parliament (Ottawa-Vanier) at the National FSL Stakeholder Forum April 21, 2004 Closing speech as presented by Dyane Adam, Commissioner of Official Languages, at the National FSL Stakeholder Forum April 21, 2004