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Alberta's Francophone Heritage
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Francophone Edukit

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Francophone School Boards


French Language Education

Francophone School Boards


Official Languages



In 1982, with the repatriation of the constitution, the right to education in the language of their choice was given to French or English-speaking children. Although this right was granted, Franco-Albertans were unable to obtain the financing necessary to open or maintain their own schools. As a result, schools such as l’école Georges-et-Julia-Bugnet, which opened in 1983, closed the following year.

The case of Jean-Claude Mahé, Paul Dubé and Angeline Martel (cas Mahé) rose to the Supreme Court and won. As a result, Franco-Albertans were given the right to their own school councils. Three such councils were initially established, but soon came to include four other coordinating councils. In 1999, five regions in Alberta have their own francophone school board, and on 29 November, with the passage of the law protecting religious rights, catholic school boards are created.

With these tools, francophones living in a minority situation can finally offer their children school services which permit them to protect the linguistic patrimony.


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