Saskatoon is fortunate to have a very engaged and dynamic French community which has long been very active in organizing many cultural French activities as well as in advocating for the preservation of French in the city and province and for education provided in French at all levels. This community organizes many cultural activities where French is spoken such as the Troupe du Jour’s theatrical plays (with English “surtitres” or sub titles), writing workshops, conferences, research groups, public lectures by invited speakers, dances, concerts and other artistic performance events, places for weekly social gatherings for francophones as well as annual festivities such as the St. Jean Baptiste at the end of June or its participation in Saskatoon’s Folkfest, a yearly summer celebration of the city’s multiculturalism.
Saskatchewan’s French communities have long been committed to the preservation of French in the province and fought successfully for their own French School Board (Conseil des Écoles Fransaskoises) which has now been in existence for over 20 years. Through the work of these committed French citizens, Saskatoon parents whose heritage language is French can now send their children to the École Canadienne-Française in Saskatoon where all education is provided in French. Given that their young children have often grown up in an environment where English is the norm, Saskatoon parents with a French heritage can now also better prepare their young children for their elementary school years in French by sending them to a French child daycare center, Centre Éducatif Félix le Chat, located at the École Canadienne-Française at 1407, Albert Ave., Saskatoon. A French High School Program has also been developed to allow students to continue their education in French from grades 9 to 12 at the:
2320, Louise Ave. SK
French is alive and well in Saskatoon through the effort of many groups and organizations as listed below.
Visit and join our Facebook Open Group of French at U of S where members share all things of interest in French! https://www.facebook.com/groups/152703431418637/
Local Groups & Associations
- Le Cercle français:
The Cercle français is made up of University of Saskatchewan French students who meet to organize student activities in French. Its past activities have included:
- theatre productions by Unithéâtre
- French lunch hour gatherings in Room ARTS 47
- French movie nights
- French “Frog Crawl” pub nights
- participation in events organized by various local francophone groups and associations as listed below such as the Fédération des francophones de Saskatoon (FFS) or the Association jeunesse fransaskoise (AJF) such as evening outings, the Fête Fransaskoise in July or ski trips to Banff in the winter. For further information on the activities of these groups seen the list of links below.
- Further information on the FFS’s activities and role in the community can be found on their website at http://www.francosaskatoon.ca/
- For further information about the activities of the AJF, consult their website at http://www.ajf.ca/fr/
- La Fédération des francophones de Saskatoon (FFS)
The Saskatoon Federation of Francophones or Fédération des francophones de Saskatoon (FFS) is responsible for organizing, overseeing and conducting all activities in French in the city of Saskatoon. Further information on their activities can be found on their website at http://www.francosaskatoon.ca/
Every Friday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. the Francophone community of Saskatoon welcomes everyone to its weekly “5 à 7” happy hour at:
Le Rendez-vous (formerly Le Relais)
103-308 4th Ave. N.
The FFS also organizes concerts, a Halloween & Christmas party, the Winter Carnival, the Cinergie Francophone Film Festival in April, St-Jean-Baptiste day in July and the French pavilion at Folkfest.
To obtain the Saskatoon francophone community’s calendar of events, please call 306-653-7440, visit Le Rendez-vous, or consult the following links:
- or direct your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In conjunction with the Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise (ACF) , the Association des parents fransaskois (APF) and the Fédération provinciale des Fransaskoises (FPF) , the FFS organizes the Rendez-vous de la francophonie in March, where you can take part in activities promoting French in the community. For a list of activities, please consult www.fransaskois.info .
- L’Association Jeunesse Fransaskoise (AJF)
The Sasktachewan French Youth Association or Association Jeunesse Fransaskoise (AJF) organizes and conducts activities geared to Saskatoon’s young francophones. The AJF also offers young francophones and francophiles aged between 19 and 25 the chance to do volunteer work and take courses and workshops in French.For further information on their calendar of events and activities, please consult their website at http://www.ajf.ca/fr/.
- The ACFASis the Canadian Francophone Association for Knowledge which has group members in every province and university cities, including Saskatchewan and Saskatoon. It organizes conferences and guest speakers from Le Forum du Savoir and other groups as well as cultural events such as traditional cooking competitions. ACFAS offers prizes to students who present an oral presentation of their research as part of one of its knowledge-sharing projects. For more information about the Saskatchewan ACFAS and its activities, please consult the following University of Saskatchewan ACFAS website at: http://www.usask.ca/acfas-sk/
Education in French in Saskatoon
- Le Conseil des Écoles Fransaskoises
Parents of children at the pre-school, elementary or high school level who are seeking information about education in French in Saskatoon and Saskatchewan should consult the Saskatchewan French School Board’s website at: http://www.cefsk.ca/FR/Accueil/index.html
The following contacts may also be useful to French parents in the Saskatoon area.
French Day Care Center – Centre Éducatif Félix le Chat
1407 Albert Ave.
SK S7H 5R8
École Canadienne-Française – Pavillon Gustave-Dubois (grades 9 to 12)
2320, avenue Louise
Saskatoon (SK) S7J 3M7
Tél. : (306) 955-3983 Téléc. : (306) 955-3986
Saskatoon French School / l'École Française de Saskatoon
1441 Wellington Street
Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Individuals seeking French tutors for private lessons should contact the French section Coordinator & Advisor at the Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultural Studies or Kathy Swann at the HUMFA (Humanities and Fine Arts) Administrative Commons for a list of current potential French instructors.
L’Alliance Francaise440 2 Avenue North 210,
Saskatoon SK S7K 2C3
Phone Number: (306) 653-7440
Canadian Parents for French (CPF) http://cpf.ca/
CPF Saskatoon Chapter
2nd Avenue North, 303-115
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7K 2B1
Tel: (306) 244-6151 or 1 (800) 561-6151
Fax: (306) 244-8872
Libraries and Book Lending Centers:
The Murray Library at the University of Saskatchewan has an extensive collection of books, journals and reference works in French available to its students and faculty. The Saskatchewan public library branches also has a limited number of books in French. Please consult library holdings at: http://library.usask.ca/murray/
If you would like to borrow novels or textbooks written in French, you may also contact Le Lien , the Fransaskois centre for cultural and teaching resources and virtual library, which serves Francophones in Western Canada. Le Lien offers books, films on DVD and VHS, and music and audio-visual material to the public. If you borrow books from Le Lien , shipping costs are free; there are shipping fees for DVDs and cassettes.
For more information, please contact: 1-800-663-5436 or email@example.com and for a list of available books or materials, visit www.lelien.ca. Le Lien is located at 308-1 st Ave, P.O. Box 989, Gravelbourg (Saskatchewan) S0H 1X0.
- French Bookstore
- If you would like to purchase French books or DVDs please contact the Bouquinerie Gravel, also located in Gravelbourg, at 308-1 st Ave, P.O. Box 989, Gravelbourg (Saskatchewan) S0H 1X0 or call 306-648-3156.
- The Bouquinerie Gravelpresents annual book fairs at the École canadienne-française de Saskatoon Elementary School, 1407 Albert Avenue, phone 306-653-8498, and at the Pavillon Gustave–DuboisHigh School, 2320 Louise Avenue, phone 306- 955-3983. To find out the dates of these book fairs, telephone either the Bouquinerie Gravel or contact the École canadienne-française de Saskatoonat firstname.lastname@example.org.
- French Theatre
La Troupe du Jour
- La Troupe du Jour is Saskatoon’s nationally acclaimed French theatre company which has operated in Saskatoon since 1986 and produces high quality theatrical productions, some of which are written by the Saskatoon community of writers. Their theatrical productions are accessible to the English community through a subtitle system projected above the stage. Its yearly theatrical season offers a diverse program of theatrical productions in French. La Troupe du Jour invites members of the local francophone community to audition in August for their fall community production. La Troupe du Jour’s theatre is located at 914 20th Str. W. Saskatoon, SK, S7M 0Y4. For more information, call 306 244-1040 or consult their website at: http://www.latroupedujour.ca/home/
- L’Unithéâtre was founded in 1970 and is the University’s French venue for theatrical productions. Professors of French play an important role in the production of French and French-Canadian plays for l’Unithéâtre. If you would like to perform in a French play, please let your professors know.
The Roxy Theatre in Saskatoon was built in the summer of 1930 and offers a wide range of foreign films with English subtitles, including French movies, in its regular programming. Its programming regularly features award-winning and independent films of high quality. It is located at 320 20th Ave. W. Saskatoon.
The Broadway Theatre of Saskatoon, built in 1946, is also a repertoire theatre which frequently features foreign and independent films. It is located at 715 Broadway Ave, Saskatoon,
- http://www.radio-canada.ca/regions/Saskatchewan/ (860 AM)
- http://www.radio-canada.ca/espace_musique/ (88.7 FM)
French TV and cable channels in Saskatoon:
- Radio-Canada Saskatchewan (Channel 13, Shaw Cable 2, SaskTel Max 270)
- Canal D (SaskTel 261, Shaw 904)
- Canal Évasion (Shaw 902)
- Canal Vie (SaskTel 262)
- Canal Z (Shaw 903)
- Historia (Shaw 900)
- RDI (SaskTel 273, Shaw 114)
- RDS Sports (SaskTel 116, Shaw 905)
- Series + (SaskTel 263, Shaw 901)
- Teletoon Fr (SaskTel 264)
- TVA Montreal (SaskTel 271, Shaw 115)
- TV5 (SaskTel 272, Shaw 116) www.tv5.org
- V (SaskTel 260)
- Vrak (SaskTel 265)
- CPAC-French (SaskTel 274, Shaw 910)
French Fine Cuisine:
Ayden’s Kitchen & Bar
265 3rd Ave. S.
Truffles Bistro & Patisserie
230 21 St. E.