Challenges Facing Canadian Francophone Students in Anglo-Dominant Contexts During Their Transition to Postsecondary Education


While the majority of French Canadians live in Quebec, Canada is also home to numerous francophone minority communities scattered across the country. Although the constitution guarantees linguistic rights such as bilingual access to government services to these francophones outside of Quebec, the assimilationist forces from the dominant Anglophone culture continuously threaten the vitality of these francophone communities. Access to French higher education is one of such rights under threat. In Ontario, for instance, many high schoolers in the francophone k-12 system hesitate to continue their post-secondary education in French. Even after their transition to college or university, francophone students still face discrimination on linguistic grounds. The final deliverable of this project is a documentary film featuring interviews with francophone students in minority contexts as they transition to postsecondary education.