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History of the Association franco-yukonnaise
Francophones have been actively present in the Yukon since the 1800's. In 1979, they came together to promote communication in French and to assert their rights. In 1982, they formed the Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY) and adopted its first constitution. Today, the AFY has 135 members. The AFY's mission is a strong and viable Francophone community in the Yukon working with a broad range of partners and contributing to the development of the territory. Its mission is to create and develop, with the help of its partners, the services, activities and institutions needed in order for the Yukon's Francophone community to remain viable and dynamic.
In the Yukon, the AFY acts as a federation. It has about thirty full-time and contract employees who work to carry out special projects each year. Responsible for representing the community and ensuring that governments fulfil their obligations towards Francophones, it promotes collaboration and cooperation with key players in the community, government and the private sector in order to ensure that the Yukon's Francophone community continues to develop and thrive.
In the spring of 2002, the AFY held a summit conference on the Francophone community in the Yukon. As a result of this exercise, overall directions for community development were identified. All the community's organizations took part in this collaborative effort.
2007 marked the 25th anniversary of the Association franco-yukonnaise. During that year, the Yukon Government declared May 15 as the Yukon Francophone Day. This day highlights the contributions Francophones have made to the economic, social and cultural growth of the Yukon over the last 150 years. This important recognition will further reinforce the development of the community, which, although small in number, is well represented in all fields of activity in the territory.
The AFY also worked with its partners to provide French-language media coverage during the 2007 Canada Games in Whitehorse, bringing the level of bilingualism at these games to a new high.
Merci au ministère du Tourisme et de la Culture du Yukon, à l’Aurore boréale et aux autres organismes et individus qui nous ont permis d’utiliser leurs photos.
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