The Fight for Francophone Rights - Part One - Winning the Case

The Fight for Francophone Rights - Part One - Winning the Case

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In 1982, when section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was adopted, the Canadian Constitution gave linguistic minorities the right to be educated in their own language. Yet, as francophone minorities outside Quebec soon came to realize, infrastructures needed for an education in French were lacking or totally nonexistent.

Groups of parents decided to launch legal battles to force provincial governments to recognize and respect their rights. The three-part documentary series The Fight For Francophone Rights looks at six of these battles. Through interviews with the players involved, director Anne-Marie Rocher spotlights the issues that have pushed francophones to commit to a long fight that many considered a lost cause. If the infrastructures needed to transmit culture, language and history are lacking, inadequate or nonexistent, what does the future hold for francophone minorities?

Watch Part Two and Part Three of The Fight for Francophone Rights.

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  • participant
    Michel Bastarache
    Paul Dubé
    Stéphane André Dubé
    Caleb Léo Dubé-Laramée
    David King
    Jean-Claude Mahé
    Angéline Martel
    Coralie Boudreau
    Stanley Boudreau
    Lianne Boudreau Maltais
    Mila Boudreau Maltais
    Dominic Boudreau Maltais
    Glenda Doucet-Boudreau
    John Rafuse
    Marie-Claude Rioux
    Jean-Louis Robichaud
  • writer
    Anne-Marie Rocher
  • director
    Anne-Marie Rocher
  • consultant
    Michel Bastarache
    Pierre Foucher
  • director of photography
    François Vincelette
  • sound
    Mélanie Gauthier
  • editor
    Petra Valier
  • original music
    Jean Derome
  • producer
    Anne-Marie Rocher
    Dominic Desjardins
  • research consultant
    Solange Lapierre
  • visual research
    Claire Bourbonnais
    Louise Philippe
  • sound editor
    Daniel Toussaint
  • foley artist
    Lise Wedlock
  • music recording
    Robert Langlois
  • narrator
    Julie Lemieux
  • mixer
    Serge Boivin
  • executive producer
    Anne-Marie Rocher
    Dominic Desjardins