November 21-23, 2019
This bilingual summit brings together Canadians to exchange ideas on how the two official languages have shaped Canada's historic narrative and the current challenges encountered by educators in fostering linguistic duality within the context of increasing diversity and multiple identities. Language is a fundamental marker of identity for many Canadians, and the story of coexistence, cooperation and also conflict between English- and French-speakers has been fundamental to the story of Canada itself. This year we mark the 50th anniversary of Canada’s Official Languages Act. Since 1969 the impact of the legislation has been far reaching, both for the Francophone majority in Quebec and the Anglophone majority outside Quebec, and for the official language minority communities across Canada. The past fifty years have been characterized by battles for minority language rights, the growth of French second-language education, debates over bilingualism and the relationship between linguistic duality and Canada’s broader diversity. Educational institutions and schools at all levels have played a crucial role as teachers, parents and school boards have often been at the very centre of conversations over these issues. To mark the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act, the Association for Canadian Studies, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages and Canadian Parents for French will host a bilingual summit bringing together Canadians to exchange ideas on how the two official languages have shaped Canada's historic narrative and the current challenges encountered by educators in fostering linguistic duality within the context of increasing diversity and multiple identities. The conference will take place from 21 to 23 November 2019 at the Palais des congrès de Gatineau, 50, Maisonneuve Blvd, Gatineau, Quebec and at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & conference Center, 35 Laurier Street, Gatineau, Quebec.