The History of Toronto
It was in 2001 that the Francophonie Week at Toronto, in its current form, has taken off. That was when an organizing committee was formed, with the Centre Francophone of Toronto in mind, to create scheduled events that would be offered by different individuals of the community.
Glendon College already underlined the International Day of the Francophonie since 1998, which had given a good starting point to prolong the Week and to diversify the supply. Several artists were streamed including Sol, Yvon Deschamps, Laurence Jalbert, Fred Pellerin, Richard Séguin, Habib Koite, Robert Charlebois and Florence K, and this is without taking into consideration all the Torontonian artists.
The Francophonie Week, with its many cultural events and a growing number of participating organizations, has become with time, a major event of the Francophone community in Toronto.
History in the world
The International Francophonie Day is a worldwide celebration of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) taking place March 20th of every year. This event was created in 1998 as a way for the 70 states and governments of the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) to celebrate their common bond – the French language – along with their diversity. This day, devoted to the French language, unites 220 million of speakers in the world and brings 870 million of Francophones. It’s an opportunity for the Francophones around the world to celebrate by expressing their solidarity and their desires to live together, in their differences and their diversity, sharing the Francophone values.
The date chosen for this celebration is the anniversary of the creation of the first Francophone organization, the Agency for Cultural and Technical Cooperation at the Niamey Conference in 1970.