In brief

A new organization

In the education sector alone, some fifteen Francophone organizations have a provincial vocation. They are almost all founded in Ottawa, where they establish their headquarters. The last to emerge is the Regroupement ethnoculturel des parents francophones de l’Ontario, which grows out of resistance by some parents to the closure of the École Franco-Nations in the late 1990s. Housed in an aging west Ottawa building, this neighbourhood school welcomed many children of Haitian, Congolese and Somali origin. In 2001, the children are transferred to the Charlotte-Lemieux School, located on the other side of Highway 417, as planned. But the organization remains active, pursuing its objective of assisting parents from cultural communities in their family, school and social roles.