2019 RVFFA Conference: Recognizing our Francophone and Francophile Communities

Moncton will host the next major Francophone and Francophile Cities Network Conference August 15-17, in the heart of Acadie and in conjunction with the 2019 Congrès mondial acadien (World Acadian Congress).

Danielle LeBlanc

Conference coordinator

506.853.3471

rvffa@moncton.ca

RVFFA

REGISTRATION

Register before July 15! Registration fees are $175 per person (taxes included) and include all conference-related programming, as well as most meals and cultural activities. 

You'll have to complete one form per person so that we can gather your personal information and preferences. You'll have the option to register for a spouse or family member travelling with you to attend the cultural and social events only. 

(Please note that registration is transferable but not refundable. Please contact Danielle (contact info above) if you have any questions or concerns.)

PROGRAMMING

The 2019 conference promises lots of events recognizing our Francophone and Francophile communities! Here are the presentations, panels, and workshops that comprise the program. We’re also saving a few surprises for you; we’ll soon announce the themes and speaker for our two luncheons, as well as the keynote address and the announcement of a special creative project.  

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15

12 - 4 pm Registration
4 pm Welcome reception and Acadian tintamarre
8 pm August 15 (Acadian national holiday) show

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16

8:45 am Opening ceremony
9:15 am Keynote address - to be announced
10 am Presentation of the 2019-2022 Strategic Plan
11 am

Participant's choice:

· Panel - Resurgo: Bilingualism as a driver of economic (re)development

· Panel - Right fiers: Creating dynamic municipalities that promote youth development and retention

· Workshop - Creating Francophone-friendly businesses and services, with Marguerite Perkins (CODOFIL) 

12:15 pm Lunch & learn - Telling the stories of the land, with Antonine Maillet
 

Presentation - Municipalism as a platform for local experimentation and international solidarity, with Jonathan Durand Folco

3 pm

Participant's choice:

· Panel - Along the way: An overview of tourism trails, with Isabelle de Bruyn (Route Champlain), Anne Conway (Franco-Route of New England), Rachel Desgrosseilliers (Franco Trail L-A) & Gwen LeBlanc (Conseil de développement économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse) 

Workshop - Creating Franco-friendly businesses and services

· Panel - Celebrating Francophonie at the heart of a municipality, with Magalie Bergeron (ACFA) & Darell Nadeau (Festival du voyageur)

· Workshop - Linguistic duality at work at the municipal level, with Nicole O. Melanson (City of Moncton)

5 pm Official unveiling and reception - to be announced
7 pm Free time to visit the CMA's Extrême frontière space, followed by the Show du 25e

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17

8:45 am Presentation - Imagining the land's potential, by Geneviève Dorval-Douville & Jean-François Gingras
10 am

Participant's choice:

· Mayors' Meeting

· Workshop - Developing Francophonie-based tourism with Roukya Abdi Aden (Réseau de développement économique et d'employabilité) & Élise Bégin (Centre de la francophonie des Amériques)

11:30 am

Participant's choice:

· Panel - Telling the stories of our Francophone heritage, with Joseph Dunn (Louisiana Perspectives Marketing & Consulting), Sébastien Roy (Distillerie Fils du Roy) & Tourisme Riel 

· Workshop - Active Offer: A lot more than Hello! Bonjour!, with the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages of Canada

12:45 pm Lunch & learn - Acadian accents, with Antoine Landry, followed by closing ceremonies

 

Don’t forget that there will also be a cocktail reception and a show on August 15, as well as a reception and the Congrès mondial acadien’s Show du 25e on August 16

All events will take place at the Delta Beauséjour unless otherwise indicated. Most of the events will take place in French, but a simultaneous translation service will be provided throughout. 
 

 

HOTEL RESERVATIONS

We’re pleased to welcome you downtown Moncton at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Beauséjour. The group booking rate is $189 per night, available only until July 15. Book your room at your earliest convenience either online (maximum four rooms per booking) or by calling 1 (844) 496-8551. The group code is "VIL".

ABOUT MONCTON

As the first officially bilingual city in Canada, the City of Moncton is proud of its rich and diverse cultural composition, boasting a large Acadian population that makes up about one third of its residents, as well as large English, Irish, Scottish, and First Nations communities and several ethnocultural groups. With a population of about 72,000 people, Moncton is the Maritimes’ fastest growing urban centre. An exceptional cultural melting pot, Moncton is a warm and welcoming community that has much to offer. As New Brunswick's largest city, it offers many opportunities and its diversified business community, in which transportation, technology and tourism are key sectors, supports an equally vibrant recreational environment.

The 2019 conference will begin on August 15, the Acadian national holiday and a date that symbolizes the recognition of Acadian identity and the vitality of its people. It will also be held as part of the 2019 Congrès mondial acadien, a huge popular gathering held every five years and back in the Greater Moncton area for the first time since 1994. Twenty municipalities, including Moncton, will welcome approximately 100,000 Acadians, Francophones and Francophiles from around the world to strengthen the ties that bind Acadian communities and recognize Acadie’s openness to the world. All conference participants will be invited to take part in the festivities; the registration fee for the 2019 conference includes admission to CMA 2019’s flagship events on August 15 and 16, including the famous tintamarre!

MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR STAY

The conference will provide plenty of invigorating discussions and opportunities to discover Acadian culture, but why not make the most of your visit to our region by taking in other events? 

  • Cirque du Soleil Crystal™ will be in Moncton from August 14-18 at Avenir Centre. Watch world-class ice skaters and acrobats claim their new frozen playground with speed and fluidity as they challenge the laws of gravity with never-before-seen acrobatics. A new kind of performance as Cirque du Soleil meets the ice to defy all expectations. Tickets available at a reduced price for RVFFA registrants; contact Danielle at rvffa@moncton.ca for details. Many thanks to Avenir Centre for their generous contribution.
  • Congrès mondial acadien 2019 — your registration entitles you to all the Extrême frontière shows August 17 to 23 in Moncton. Many thanks to Congrès mondial acadien 2019 for their generous contribution.

If you're looking to get out of the city and discover Acadie a bit more, check out some of these suggestions for ideas on what you could see and do in the Maritimes.

Or, check out these Acadian cities member of the Network:

 

MEDIA ACCREDITATIONS

Members of the media who which to cover the 2019 Réseau conference must register in advance. The form will be available shortly.