Important steps in the development of the Francophone community in Newfoundland and Labrador


Creation of the FFTNL
Implementation of a French immersion program that, because the provincial government refused to subsidize the creation of Francophone schools, represented the best that could be achieved at the time.



Mainland on the west coast of Newfoundland finally saw the opening of the province's first Francophone school.
FFTNL volunteers create Le Gaboteur, which is still the only French-language newspaper in Newfoundland and Labrador.


Raising of the official flag of the Francophones of Newfoundland and Labrador. Groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Centre scolaire et communautaire Sainte-Anne in Mainland.



FFTNL creates "Franco-Jeunes de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador" (FJTNL). Its mandate is to ensure an active community, cultural and economic life for young Francophones aged 13 to 21.



The Fédération des parents francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador (FPFTNL) is established by the FFTNL. The FPFTNL must defend the interests of Francophone children and parents and demand their educational rights.


On May 30, 1992, the Franco-Newfoundland and Labrador flag was raised for the first time in front of the Confederation Building. To commemorate this event, communities celebrate this recognition of their rights every year on this date.


In order to ensure stronger links between the villages that make up the Francophone community of the Port-au-Port peninsula, the FFTNL succeeded in obtaining the necessary funds to create the "Route des ancêtres français" between Mainland and Cap Saint-Georges. This road was officially inaugurated in 1994.
The Centre scolaire et communautaire Sainte-Anne in Mainland is finally completed; the school and the Association régionale de la côte Ouest (ARCO) are established there.


Signing of the first agreement between Canada and the Francophone community of Newfoundland and Labrador.


FFTNL obtained the province's recognition of the right of Francophones to a school board of their own. The following year, Canada and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador signed an agreement to create schools and a provincial Francophone school board. 


Canada and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador sign an agreement on the promotion of official languages. 


The provincial government decrees that May 30 of each year will be the day of the Francophonie in Newfoundland and Labrador. A second agreement is signed between Canada and the Francophone community of Newfoundland and Labrador.


Creation of the Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité (RDÉE) within FFTNL. This new organization's mission is to strategically position Francophone communities in the economic development and human resources sectors.


FFTNL officially announces the creation of a school and community centre in the provincial capital that, in 2004, welcomed all Francophone organizations. This advancement has facilitated relations between all these entities and created a more united Francophone community in the Capital Region. 


Creation of the Réseau santé en français de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador (RSFTNL) within the FFTNL. The mission of this network is to develop the provision of French-language health care services in the province.   


Creation of the Réseau culturel francophone de Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador within the FFTNL. The mission of this network is to promote and develop the province's Francophone culture and artists.
1st project to promote Francophone immigration in Newfoundland and Labrador: "Destination Canada 2007" project in Europe.


Creation of a year-round file to promote Francophone immigration within the FFTNL. The purpose of this file is to promote our province as an immigration destination in French-speaking countries, to promote the recruitment of bilingual staff abroad among employers (who cannot find staff in Canada), to facilitate contacts between candidates and potential employers, and to assist newcomers and employers in their administrative procedures.

2009 - 2012

Implementation and on-air of a provincial Francophone community radio station (RafaleFM) based on the existing Radio Labrador radio station (CJRM).

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