A Brock Radio program about francophone women in Niagara has been selected for national distribution, and will be heard next week on stations across Canada.
CFBU 103.7 FM host Catherine Parayre — an associate professor in Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, as well as in Studies in Arts and Culture — produced the 28-minute segment for the national broadcast celebrating Rendez-vous de la Francophonie, an annual celebration of Canada’s membership in the Francophonie, which promotes the French language and its cultural expressions. The 2017 celebration takes place March 6-27 in communities across Canada.
Parayre’s documentary has already aired on CFBU, and can be heard online at www.cfbu.ca/listen.php
The program introduces listeners to five francophone women in Niagara whom Parayre interviewed last autumn:
- Lucie Huot speaks about the historic presence of francophones in Niagara.
- Fété Ngira-Batware Kimpiobi and Nafée Faigou, both from the Association of Francophone Immigrant Women of Niagara (SOFIFRAN) speak about their immigration to Canada, what they have left in their native countries and what they like in Niagara.
- Rachel Hélène Amran, an artist from Montréal, shares her efforts for a successful integration as a francophone artist.
- Clamenç Prades relates her experiences since she first arrived from Austria.
For a list of national stations carrying the broadcast next week, go to http://www.ncra.ca/rvf
La Francophonie is an international organization representing countries and regions where French is the first or customary language and/or where a significant proportion of the population are Francophones and/or where there is a notable affiliation with French culture. Canada is one of its 57 member states. The head of the organization is former Canadian Governor General, Michaëlle Jean.
The project is funded by La Fondation canadienne pour le dialogue des cultures, and in partnership with the NCRA through Canadian Heritage.