Pan-Canadian Framework for Cultural Appropriation in French-Language Schools in Minority Settings Released

Toronto, September 27, 2013 – The provinces and territories of the Pan-Canadian French-as-a-First-Language Project (PCFFLP) are proud to release a pan-Canadian framework for cultural appropriation in French-language schools in minority settings.


The framework is the third project delivered by the PCFFLP Consortium of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), and targets the areas of cultural appropriation and identity-building, which are core educational goals for French-as-a-first-language schools in minority settings.


Four components are included in the framework:


  • a foundation document for a cultural approach to teaching;
  • a pan-Canadian database of cultural references;
  • a database of teaching strategies; and
  • a professional development Web site focused on a cultural approach to teaching.


The project was launched by the consortium in 2010‒11 and was made possible through funding provided by participating jurisdictions and the Department of Canadian Heritage. Saskatchewan and Ontario were the co-lead jurisdictions.


“The French-Language Education Policy and Programs Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Education is proud to have been associated with this major project, and we are very pleased to have worked closely with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Education and CMEC,” said Janine Griffore, Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ontario Ministry of Education. “Thanks to all these products, minority French-language students across Canada will benefit from a quality education and be able to appropriate francophone culture and build a strong cultural identity, which will support their academic success.”


The tools developed as part of the project are interactive and are available to the broad minority French-language education community. For more information, visit the project Web site at The site is available in French only.


About the PCFFLP Consortium

The PCFFLP Consortium is made up of provinces and territories, with the exception of Quebec. The consortium is under the aegis of CMEC and includes all jurisdictions in Canada with minority French-language populations.


About CMEC

Founded in 1967, CMEC is the collective voice of Canada's ministers of education. It provides leadership in education at the pan-Canadian and international levels and contributes to the exercise of the exclusive jurisdiction of provinces and territories over education. For more information, visit us at


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