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 Associations (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 of the seven participating stations from British Columbia. The others are: CIVL (Abbotsford); WDCR (West Kelowna), CJLY (Nelson), CFRO (Vancouver), CICK (Smithers), and CFUZ (Penticton).

The Three Themes

Participants were asked to chose one of three themes for their documentaries about the Francophone community

  • Education (Kindergarten to Post-Secondary).e.g. Elementary students learning about Francophone culture, High-School students playing learning and playing traditional French Music.
  • Economic Partnerships (Focusing on Youth Entrepreneurship) e.g. profiling the work a youth is doing in the community connected to Francophone or bilingual cooperation.
  • Cultural Hubs (Creative Spaces for Bilingual and OLMC community space) e.g. Speaking to a community group who helps promote bilingual partnerships and/or festivals.