PRESENTATION RE THE MEECH LAKE ACCORD
CPF presented a brief to the Special Joint Committee of the Senate and the House of Commons re the 1987 Constitutional (Meech Lake) Accord.1987
GUIDE TO THE ADMINISTRATION OF IMMERSION PROGRAMS
“French Immersion in Canada: Policies, Regulations, Procedures & Guidelines” was a collection of information from education departments and school districts on topics ranging from advisory committees to transportation.
“RENDEZ-VOUS CANADA” YOUTH MEETINGS
The Saskatchewan branch hosted the first in a series of provincial activity-filled weekends in French for grade 7 and 8 immersion and francophone students, funded by a grant obtained by CPF.1988
NEW OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ACT
The new Act mandated the Minister of Canadian Heritage to “encourage and support the learning of English and French in Canada,” to “encourage and assist provincial governments to provide opportunities for everyone in Canada to learn both English and French,” and more.
“LEARNING FRENCH MATTERS” PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN1989
CPF STUDIES FSL TEACHER SHORTAGE
CPF surveyed school boards about their need for FSL teachers, reporting in the fall newsletter on the results and efforts to find a solution. A second survey, done in 2002, was the focus of that year’s State of FSL report. This has been the topic of numerous CPF articles, meetings, and other efforts over the years.1989
MEMBERS REAFFIRM THE NAME “CPF”
As it was not unusual for “Canadian Parents for French” to be mistaken as a French-first-language organization, the members at the 1988 national AGM passed a resolution that a name change be considered. At the 1989 AGM, the members in attendance agreed with the subsequent recommendation to retain the name CPF.
These provided facts for use by local chapters in responding to frequently-heard claims against bilingualism and French-second-language learning.1990
THIRD BOOK PUBLISHED
The second revised edition of So You Want Your Child to Learn French! reflected advances in FSL education and research since 1979.1990
First Video launched
CPF launched its first video A Wider Vision – Elargir ses horizons.1990
SUPPORT FOR CANADIAN UNITY
CPF was the only English-speaking organization from outside Quebec to appear before the Belanger-Campeau Commission on Quebec’s Political and Constitutional Future. The President told the commissioners about the growing number of Canadians whose children were learning French as a second language because they believed in the value of French in Canada. Among many subsequent activities, CPF presented a brief to the Citizens’ Forum on Canada’s Future and appeared before the Special Joint Committee on a Renewed Canada.
LANGUAGES COMMISSIONER PRAISES CPF MEMBERS
Commissioner of Official Languages D’Iberville Fortier stated, “The energy, intelligence, and courage of CPF members have made it a movement that has been one of the greatest contributors to the future of their children and of their country.”1991
RELEASE OF STUDY ON ATTRITION/RETENTION OF IMMERSION STUDENTS
The CPF-commissioned study “Attrition/retention of students in French immersion with particular emphasis on secondary school” was released. Among follow-up activities was a series of branch conferences on “Meeting the Challenges of Secondary School French Programs” that culminated in a session at the 1993 national conference and a report with recommendations.
CPF ATTENDS CONSTITUTIONAL DISCUSSIONS
CPF leaders and official language minority leaders participated in discussion sessions with the Minister of Constitutional Affairs and the Secretary of State for Canada.1992
“LEARNING FRENCH MAKES A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE” AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
FIRST NATIONAL WRITING CONTEST
CPF co-sponsored the “Write it up!” contest for 10- to 13-year-olds in collaboration with the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canadian Association of Immersion Teachers, and the Canadian Association of Second Language Teachers. Later national CPF contests included different age groups, extended beyond print to digital and social media, and involved teams as well as individuals.
CPF RESPONDS TO CRITICISM
The CPF President participated in a forum on French immersion, debating adamant critics of the program. This followed several years of high-profile, sometimes virulent public opposition by several individuals and organizations to immersion, CPF, and bilingualism. Throughout the 1990s, CPF responded by calmly referring to the long-standing, careful research into FSL learning.1995
NATIONAL PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
Beginning of the 1995-96 information and awareness campaign Learning English and French Opens Doors to Tomorrow, which featured the “Proud of Two Languages / Nos deux langues, notre fierté” slogan and graphic. It included a cross-Canada media tour by the President and the launch of the Proud of Two Languages video.1995
In response to changing needs and changing circumstances, CPF began a process of organizational renewal which led to the adoption of Mission, Vision, and Values Statements; a new governance model (new bylaws adopted in 1997); and improved funding from the federal government for the CPF network.1995
SECOND QUEBEC REFERENDUM RE SOVEREIGNTY
FIRST “CANADIAN EXPERIENCE”
A special session of the Encounters with Canada program at the Terry Fox Centre in Ottawa was reserved for students from CPF member families.
FIRST CPF WEBSITE IS LAUNCHED1997
There were 18,000 members across the country.