The Canadian Francophone Games are among the largest gatherings of Canada’s French speaking youth. In addition to encouraging hundreds of young people to exercise their talents in one of three sectors (art, leadership and sport), the Games showcase cultural pride, self-confidence and leadership abilities in a friendly, competitive setting. Since the first Games in 1999, no less than 20,000 people have been involved. The Games provide extraordinary encounters; an exciting francophone experience; and a schedule rich in festivities.
The Canadian Francophone Games are a Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne-française (French Canadian Youth Federation – FJCF) initiative, supported financially by Canadian Heritage.
The French Canadian Youth Federation relies on a partnership with an Organizing Committee (host city) to deliver logistics and programming components for the event. The Games are held during the summer months every three years. Over 1,200 participants and more than 750 volunteers are expected for every edition of the Games.
Our brand uses vibrant and youthful colours. These colours can also be found on the provincial and territorial flags of Canada.
A maple leaf can be found within the flame, reminding us of the national quality of the Games.
The torch is a symbol of excellence and eternity and expresses the vitality and the
warmth of francophone communities across Canada. Its fluid curves, dynamism and movement make the torch look both modern and artistic, just as the francophone youth of Canada.
HISTORY OF THE GAMES
In the 1990’s, the Vision d’avenir report is released. The importance of practicing artistic, leadership and sport activities in French, as a means of promoting the development and preservation of the French Canadian culture, is underlined. The French Canadian Youth Federation responded with the Canadian Francophone Games concept.
In 1994, the first hurdle is cleared as many governmental partners, one of which being Canadian Heritage, show interest in sport and leisure activities targeted to francophone youth in Canada. The FJCF continues to lobby for support and works at planning the Games.
In 1999, the announcement of the Canadian Francophonie Year becomes the final catalyst to launch the Games.
Here is a list of previous Games:
|PAST GAMES||HOST CITIES|
|2011||Greater Sudbury (ON)|
The Canadian Francophone Games directly contribute to reaching the French Canadian Youth Federation’s goals and mission, as well as showcasing provincial and territorial youth associations’ initiatives. They contribute to strengthening participants’ sense of belonging to their province or territory of origin, as well as to the larger Canadian francophone community. The Games provide opportunities for training and recruitment.
VISION AND VALUES
- Celebration of French speaking youth in Canada
- Aha! Moment for francophone youth to develop their identity, individually and as a group
- Excellent opportunity for development, chance to go beyond ones’ expectations
- An event not to be missed, which every community aspires to host
Promote new friendships and strengthening of old ties, increase awareness about the differences and similarities across the country.
- Contribute to building or strengthening Canadian youth’s cultural identity
- Enable knowledge and expertise to be acquired and put into practice, which will further the growth of people, communities and participating partners
- Offer a cultural experience in the host community
- Present a unique program that highlights arts, leadership and sports
- Foster collaboration
- Pride, commitment
- Cooperation, inclusion, solidarity
- Respect, equality and equity
- BY and FOR youth
- In French
- Gathering where interactions between teams are as important as a friendly competition
- Sustainable event that encourages and contributes to the environment
- Promotion of youth and volunteers’ talents, preoccupations and interests
- Excellence in the execution of the event