The 27th Provincial French Pride Week runs from March 21 to 24. 

About 29,000 students from 94 Francophone schools across the province will celebrate their pride in the French language and commitment to their culture.  This year’s theme is "Notre cœur bat en français, aujourd’hui et à jamais!" (Our heart beats in French, today and forever). The slogan was suggested by the students at École Marie-Gaëtane in Kedgwick in a contest held last spring.

The artwork and promotional poster for the 2016 Provincial French Pride Week were officially unveiled at École Léandre-LeGresley in Grande-Anse. Photo shows Grade 5 and 6 students from the school. Back row, from left: Grade 5 teacher Marie-Josée Friolet; Grade 6 teacher Mireille Foulem-Savoie; Jean-Guy Rioux, chair of the district education council; artist Luc Dugas; Mireille Fontaine-Vautour, director of curriculum and assessment at the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development; and Nicole Landry, school principal. (GOVNB)

The week’s opening ceremony will be broadcast live in all Francophone schools. The ceremony will focus on the history of the French-speaking population in the Fredericton area. Students from all grades at École Les Éclaireurs will take part in the event through singing or the presentation of short plays. Some students from neighbouring schools, École des Bâtisseurs and École Sainte-Anne, will also participate in the ceremony.

Numerous activities will be held during the week in all of the province’s francophone schools. The week will culminate with the recognition ceremony, which will be held at Polyvalente Roland-Pépin in Campbellton on Thursday, March 24.

Activities organized in the classroom will include rallies, dictation competitions, treasure hunts, spelling bees, and activities related to a special booklet prepared by the newspaper Acadie Nouvelle. Some schools will also hold special activities such as a competition similar to that of The Voice, Acadian lunches, family skating sessions, or even old-timer’s days.

Acadian artists will also participate in activities in francophone schools, including Roland Gauvin, Maxime McGraw, Joannie Benoit, and Jean-Marc Couture in the musical field, and Féeli Tout and Denis Boucher in literature.

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