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AFY applauds the Supreme Court of Canada judgment on minority French-language education
Whitehorse, June 12, 2020 - This morning, the Supreme Court of Canada handed down its judgment in a landmark case on the right to French-language education in a minority setting. Although the case originated in British Columbia, this ruling will affect all Francophones living in a minority setting throughout the country. The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that children who study in English or French should get the same quality of education.
The Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY) is pleased with this decision of the Supreme Court of Canada and welcomes the positive impact it will have on French-language education throughout the country. This ruling states that the cost should not be a limiting factor in the right to go to school in English or French, even when it is not the main language of the province or territory. The Supreme Court said: "The majority also said all children deserve the same opportunities. That means that minority- and majority-language students should get the same quality and experience at school.".
"I would like to thank and congratulate the Conseil scolaire francophone de Colombie-Britannique (CSF) and the Fédération des parents francophones de Colombie-Britannique for their perseverance in the last 10 years that led them to win this major case", said AFY president Jeanne Beaudoin. "We are relieved and happy that the Supreme Court confirmed the importance of education in French as a constitutional right, even when the students are in minority. We need to remember that education is the foundation of our language, our culture, and a key element of our survival as Francophones", declared President Beaudoin.
Association franco-yukonnaise
Official voice and leader in the development of the Yukon French-speaking community since 1982, AFY aims to improve the quality of life of Yukon Francophones.
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Media Relations
Francis Lefebvre
Director, Communications and Community Relations
Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY)
867-668-2663, ext. 332
flefebvre@afy.yk.ca
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