Celebrating Francophones and Francophiles

Celebrating Francophones and Francophiles

Celebrating Francophones and Francophiles is Cortes Radio’s contribution to the NCRA’s Rendevous de la Francophonie marathon on March 20, 2018. Celebrating Francophones and Francophiles by Francesca Gesualdi | Rendez-vous de la Francophonie http://rest.s3for.me/iread/13-RVF2018-CKTZ.mp3 Celebrating Francophones and Francophiles In her written description of Celebrating Francophones and Francophiles, Francesca wrote: “During a recent visit to L’Association des Francophones de Campbell River, Francesca interviewed Francophones and Francophiles to discuss the relevance of shared community spaces that support language, culture and connection. “Over a delicious home made community lunch prepared by volunteers, particpants share their experience of the center, its resources to the francophone community, its library, and its role as a place of social well-being.” Francesca Gesualdi, lives on Quadra Island and will also be producing an exploration of the oral tradition of storytelling called IReads for CKT. The National Campus and Community Radio Association’s (NRCA) Rendez-vous de la Francophonie (RVF) initiative had been going for three years, when Cortes Radio came on board in  2017. When the program was originally launched, it consisted of  two minute audio capsules of the Francophone experience broadcast over nine participating NCRA radio stations. Rendez-vous de la Francophonie now broadcasts half hour programs from coast to coast. Seven British Columbian stations are participating this year:  CIVL (Abbotsford); WDCR (West Kelowna), CJLY (Nelson), CFRO (Vancouver), CICK (Smithers), CFUZ (Penticton) and CKTZ (Cortes and the Discovery Islands). CKTZ’s Rendez-vous de la Francophonie Program In our first locally produced program, Danielle Arcand introduced listeners across Canada to six Francophones and Francophiles living on Cortes Island and Campbell River. After Danielle moved to Quebec, the NRCA arranged for us to sponsor Victoria Fenner’s story of an Anglo-French family which almost forgot its French heritage. On March 20, 2018, 20 NCRA stations are airing 20...
Celebrating The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie’s 20th Anniversary

Celebrating The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie’s 20th Anniversary

There are close to 71,000 Francophones in British Columbia. Some of them live in the Campbell River area, where L’Association des Francophones de Campbell River has been in operation for 40 years. As a result, Cortes Radio will be one of the twenty Canadian stations celebrating the Rendez-vous de la Francophonie’s 20th anniversary in an all day Marathon on March 20, 2018. Celebrating The Rendez-vous de la Francophonie’s 20th Anniversary We will be broadcasting ten hours of French programming. One of the 28 minute documentaries was made by CKTZ Producer Francesca Gesualdi, who lives on Quadra Island.The description of her program, Celebrating Francophones and Francophiles, says: “During a recent visit to L’Association des Francophones de Campbell River, Francesca interviewed Francophones and Francophiles to discuss the relevance of shared community spaces that support language, culture and connection. “Over a delicious home made community lunch prepared by volunteers, particpants share their experience of the center, its resources to the francophone community, its library, and its role as a place of social well-being.” “From the beginning, Cortes Community Radio has attempted to provide a platform for the concerns, interests, and talents of the Northern Gulf Islands. This goal is enshrined in our constitution, where it specifically states that we are to provide minorities and groups within the community an opportunity to communicate. Thus we are now in the second year of our partnership with the Klahoose First nation, to produce the Deep Roots Initiative, and are participating in the the National Campus and Community Radio Association’s (NRCA) Rendez-vous de la Francophonie program again this year,” said Roy L Hales, President of Cortes Community Radio, CKTZ 89.5 FM. CKTZ is one...
Le Mariage Anglais

Le Mariage Anglais

For Cortes Community Radio’s second contribution to Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, we contacted radio/podcast producer Victoria Fenner.  This led to “Le Mariage Anglais,” the story of an Anglo-French family which almost forgot its French heritage. The narrative is also in English. In her description of the program, Victoria wrote: Essex County, near Windsor is the first area west of Montreal to be colonized by the French. When Victoria was a child in the 1960s, her family farm was located on Highway 98, the dividing line between French and English Essex County. Though she knew her Grandmother’s name was Delaurier, the English sides of the family swamped the French sides. She remembers anti-French feeling in the county and the separateness of the two cultures and often wondered why she was never introduced to the kids she say playing in the yards on the other side of the tracks. “Le Mariage Anglais is a 17th century French song lamenting the marriage of a family’s French daughter to an English king.The title refers to the same phenomena which happened in Victoria’s family — only it was the men who were assimilated by the English culture they married into. The Delaurier men of the early 20th century married English women and became English themselves except in name.When Victoria delved into her family history to find out about that vague French side, she was surprised to find out that the Delaurier lineage led all the way back to the early days of New France, when two young women who came over on ships as “Les Filles de Roi”, daughters of the king. It was their job...
West Coast Bonjour

West Coast Bonjour

On April 17, 2017, Cortes radio made its first contribution to the National Campus and Radio Association’s joined the Rendez-vous de la Francophone program. In West Coast Bonjour, producer Danielle Arcand introduces listeners to six Francophones and Francophiles living on Cortes Island and Campbell River. They explained the circumstances that motivated them to come live on the west coast, relating struggles and successes they have had in trying to maintain French in their daily lives and featuring a musical «coup de coeur», a song chosen by each participant. At the time of the broadcast, Danielle was a retired teacher and educator living on Cortes Island. “After a fulfilling career spent in French language education, including more than ten years as Associate director of the Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs at Simon Fraser University, she is still active in her retirement, volunteering as Board secretary for the national organization French for the Future and as member of the Board of directors for «Maison de la Fancophonie» in Vancouver. Danielle is keen to raise awareness about the social, historical, artistic and economical contributions made by Francophones in communities in BC and across Canada,” she explained. “Although the show’s narrative is in English, the interview material quoted is in French. The narrative sums up roughly in English what is said in French so unilingual Anglophone listeners will be able to follow.” Top photo credit: Celebrating the French-Speaking World from the College of DuPage Language Department and French Club (La Connexion Française) via Flickr (CC BY SA, 2.0...