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

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

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
  • opening sequence
    Costa Leclerc Design Inc.
  • original music
    Jean Derome
  • producer
    Anne-Marie Rocher
    Dominic Desjardins
  • writing consultant
    Solange Lapierre
  • research consultant
    Solange Lapierre
  • visual research
    Claire Bourbonnais
    Louise Philippe
  • assistant camera
    Martin Landry
  • digital transfer
    Martin Landry
  • production manager
    Doris Lapierre
  • assistant editor
    Ai Rei Dooh-Tousignant
    Amanda Terfloth
    Andrea Ziedenberg
  • sound editor
    Daniel Toussaint
  • foley artist
    Lise Wedlock
  • foley recordist
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • musician
    Jean Derome
    Guido Del Fabbro
    Lévy Bourbonnais
    Dany Nicolas
    Normand Guilbeault
    Pierre Tanguay
  • music recording
    Robert Langlois
  • music mixing
    Robert Langlois
  • narrator
    Julie Lemieux
  • narration writer
    Sophie Perceval
    Anne-Marie Rocher
  • online editor
    Serge Verreault
  • graphic design
    Cynthia Ouellet
  • titles
    Cynthia Ouellet
  • mixer
    Serge Boivin
  • subtitles
    Vision Globale
  • translation
    Joshua Beitel
  • archive digitization
    Mélanie Gauthier
  • associate producer
    Zabi Yaqeen
  • legal advisor
    Zabi Yaqeen
    Dominique Aubry
  • line producer
    Renée de Sousa
  • assistant accountant
    Marie-Rose Monceaux
  • executive producer
    Anne-Marie Rocher
    Dominic Desjardins
  • marketing manager
    François Jacques
  • administrator
    Geneviève Duguay
  • studio manager
    Alexandrine Torres de Figueiredo
  • technical coordinator
    Daniel Claveau