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ERIC Number: ED573414
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-0-88989-423-5
Knowing One's Community through Language Rights
Chiasson, Maurice
Canadian Teachers' Federation
French-language schools in minority settings are set apart from other schools by their twofold mission: the educational success of students and the building of their Francophone identity. As a result, there are few French-language school boards or schools that do not underline the importance of the French-language culture in their mission. The passage of the "Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms" in 1982 has specifically advanced the cause of the language rights of Francophone communities outside Quebec in recent years. The Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) is an active partner in advocating full respect for the right of Francophones to quality education. In 2008, CTF launched the "Knowing One's Community" series, which examines curricula in provinces and territories where French is the language of the minority. The following questions constitute the starting point of this particular study: (1) Should minority schools not make provision for students to learn about language rights?; and (2) Should teachers not be equipped to prepare younger generations to take up the torch and pursue efforts to assert their rights? This study of language rights was conducted during the 2015-2016 winter months and it is important to keep in mind that only curricula available at that time on the various education department websites were analysed. Documents that were not available electronically were not included in the research. Research carried out for this project indicates that six provinces in particular have developed curricula in law specifically: (1) British Columbia; (2) Ontario; (3) New Brunswick; (4) Nova Scotia; (5) Prince Edward Island; and (6) Newfoundland and Labrador. This research shows that in light of the curricula analysed and available on provincial and territorial education department websites, conscious efforts are being made to make room for the study of legislation from the standpoint of the minority, but they are not systematic nor sufficient for young Francophones to be well prepared to exercise their language rights. Recommendations regarding curriculum development for French-language schools in minority settings are included. [The Fédération des associations de juristes d'expression française de common law, inc. (FAJEF) and the Language Rights Support Program (LRSP) collaborated on this project. For "Knowing One's Community through Arts Education," see ED573415.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Department of Justice (Canada)
Authoring Institution: Canadian Teachers' Federation
Identifiers - Location: Canada