1987-1996

1987
1987

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.

1988
1988

“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.

1989
1989

“LEARNING FRENCH MATTERS” PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

1989

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.

1990
1990

CRISIS KITS

These provided facts for use by local chapters in responding to frequently-heard claims against bilingualism and French-second-language learning.

Watch Matthew Hayday’s Explanation at the CPF Ontario Conference

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.

1991
1991

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.

1992
1992

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

1993
1993

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.

1995
1995

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.

POTL guy

1995

CPF RENEWAL

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

1996
1996

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.

1997
1997

FIRST CPF WEBSITE IS LAUNCHED

1997

20th anniversary

There were 18,000 members across the country.