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French-language events throughout the year
As an SFU student, you have the opportunity to participate in exclusive activities in French on and off campus. Take advantage of these opportunities to meet Vancouver's Francophone community, create new relationships and use your French outside the classroom.
Here are a few highlights of what awaits you. Subscribe to the “Vie étudiante” newsletter to get all the event notices.
When? Once a month, throughout the year
For whom? Anyone interested in socializing in French
Are you looking for a chance to relax and have a good time in French? The 6@8 concept is just the ticket!
Every month, our partners at the Conseil jeunesse francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (CJFCB) organize evenings for French-speaking people in the Vancouver area. Anyone, regardless of language level, can participate, so don't hesitate to invite any of your friends who would enjoy a pleasant evening in French!
The event takes place in a different location each month, all within Greater Vancouver and close to a Skytrain station.
Last March, OFFA and CJFCB joined forces with Maillardville’s Festival du Bois to organize a special edition of the 6@8 meetup, as part of the Festival. Admission was free for all SFU students and the participants even received a pleasant surprise...
More collaborations of this nature are expected in the coming year. Stay tuned!
For whom? All persons enrolled in a course or program in French at SFU
Every year, OFFA organizes a memorable back-to-school celebration. This is an opportunity to dust off your French, socialize with your peers and meet the teaching and administrative team who will accompany you throughout your studies.
For whom? Students in the French Cohort Program in Public and International Affairs
For the very first time last February, OFFA joined forces with the Conseil jeunesse francophone de la Colombie-Britannique to enable 11 students from the French Cohort Program in Public and International Affairs to participate in the 50th annual Festival du Voyageur in Winnipeg! The British Columbia delegation joined youth delegations from Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba for an engaging weekend full of activities.
Among other things, the students were able to discover the stories of the voyageurs, the Métis and First Nations, attend concerts, visit the Museum for Human Rights, skate on the river, and soak up the atmosphere of Voyageur Park with its ice sculptures and traditional food. This was a golden opportunity for SFU’s delegation to enjoy an authentic Francophone experience in Western Canada and to create lasting bonds with the broader French-Canadian community.
Created in 1970, the Festival du Voyageur is the largest Francophone winter festival in Western Canada. Located in St. Boniface, Winnipeg's French quarter, it welcomes over 100,000 visitors each year.
Details of the next "Grand Voyage" will be confirmed soon. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, learn more about this great adventure by watching the report from ICI Saskatchewan entitled Les jeunes de l'Ouest font une virée au Festival du Voyageur (Western youth take a trip to the Festival du Voyageur).
When? All of March
For whom? Open to the public
For the past 10 years, the Printemps de la francophonie (PDLF) has been celebrating Canadian and international Francophonie.
Over the course of a month (March), you will have the opportunity to attend conferences, workshops and film screenings, sometimes as part of your courses. You will also be able to participate in round tables and meet inspiring people from across Canada and around the world.
Get ready for a big party on campus, the French Fête, during which you will have the opportunity to experience all aspects of French-speaking cultures: food, music, activities, etc.
You will also have a chance to connect with the various BC Francophone community organizations in attendance.
All PDLF activities are free of charge and open to the public. Don't hesitate to invite your friends.
March 2020 is the 10th edition of the PDLF; it promises to be a festive and memorable month!
More details coming soon.
For whom? Open to the public
As part of the Printemps de la francophonie 2019, OFFA organized the first-ever bilingual job fair in our student lounge. The event was a great success: 250 participants came to visit the tables of 15 organizations.
Among these organizations, we could count: l’Agence du Revenu du Canada, Air Canada, la Commission de la fonction publique (Emplois GC), le Collège Éducacentre, Expérience internationale Canada, la Fédération des francophones de la Colombie-Britannique, Graines de Chefs, l’Industrielle Alliance, Services Canada (ESDC), la Société de Développement économique de la Colombie-Britannique, SFU Camps, SFU Coop – FASS et le Bureau des affaires francophones et francophiles.
We are looking forward to a great second edition in March 2020, with even more organizations present! Subscribe to our ”Vie étudiante” newsletter to ensure you are notified.
If you work for an organization that is looking for bilingual candidates and you would like to book a table for this fair, indicate your interest by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the inaugural event, listen to Sandie's interview on Boulevard du Pacifique, which aired on ICI Colombie-Britannique/Yukon.