The Association des francophones des Kootenays Ouest (or AFKO, translated as the Francophone Association of West Kootenays) promotes French language and culture throughout the region.
The AFKO is a not-for-profit membership organisation which offers a variety of French-language services, among them a book and video library, weekly radio show, quarterly newsletter, summer day camp, travelling library (bibliobus), French-language directory of services, language courses, and assisted public access to computers and the internet. The AFKO also organizes a variety of events celebrating French culture and open to all Francophones and Francophiles in the region.
The only French community radio show in the West Kootenay region! It is produced by your hosts: Alex, Lyne and Prudence at the Kootenay Co-op radio. Tune in for the show on Friday at 10 am and on Sunday at 10 am for a repeat. 93.5 FM in Nelson, 96.5 FM in Crawford Bay, 101.5 FM in Castlegar, and 107 FM in New Denver.
Méli-Mélo is also broadcast in four other community radio stations in the area and in Victoria:
Creston Valley, Salmo and Victoria.
You can also listen to the show live or as a podcast at: www.cjly.net. To comment on the show, please call us at 250-352-3516 or write us an email.
The quarterly bulletin “La Voix des Kootenays”
The West Kootenay French Association publishes a news bulletin four times a year at the start of each season: “La Voix des Kootenays” (the Voice of the Kootenays). You can obtain a copy by visiting our office in Nelson. You can also access it online under Publications on our Website.
The bookmobile is a mobile library service running twice a year, in April and in October in several towns in the West Kootenays including Rossland, New Denver, Winlaw, Kaslo, and Revelstoke. In each town that the bookmobile visits, volunteers organize the gathering. If you are a member of the West Kootenay French Association (AFKO), you can borrow items, as well as purchase maple products while making some new French-speaking friends!
The Roch-Carrier Library (books, reference material, VHS/DVDs, and CDs)
The library is located in the facilities of the AFKO in Nelson at 723 Ward Street. Come and visit us to check out the newly renovated library! Thanks to a fundraising campaign, numerous new books and movies are now available for youths and adults. Visit: www.bibliothequevirtuelle.ca and click on our logo to see all our collection.
Community internet access centre: AFKONET
AFKO aims to provide the French-speaking community of the West Kootenays with affordable public access to the Internet and skills they need to use it effectively. Please find below a list of the services available. This service is available through the support of The Youth Internships (YI) program, a national initiative coordinated by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) and funded through the Government of Canada’s Youth Employment Strategy (YES).:
High-speed internet and email;
Training and support to use the internet and emails;
Basic training to use other computing tools such as Word and Excel;
Webhosting on the Website of the AFKO, and help to announce your business’s activities in the media.
You want to improve your French?
To register or for more information, call the AFKO at 250-352-3516 or send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Every first Thursday of the month at 6pm, French-speakers and lovers of the French language gather to eat tasty food and chat! These potlucks usually take place in the AFKO’s facilities, but in the summer, when the weather is favorable, we meet in a park. This community gathering is a great opportunity to meet new people, to share ideas, to speak French, and to have fun! There’s a different theme for each potlucks, such as « healthy meal », « Mexican cuisine », or a special event. Welcome to you all!
The sugar shack
The sugar shack takes place in April at the Salmo Ski Hill. More than 150 people participate in this yearly event where traditional food is served (Ham, beans, eggs, crepes, and maple taffy on snow) and where everyone can enjoy good music and sing along.
This event takes place around June 24th at the Kokanee Creek Park campground outside of Nelson. The party starts at 04:00 pm with activities for both adults and youths. A meal is shared, and the night ends with all the participants singing around the bonfire. It is also possible to stay overnight.
In July and August, a day camp is offered for children between the ages of 6 and 10 years old. Every year, the program is filled with fun, dynamic and diverse activities.
Newsince 2015!!! a summer camp in Rossland.
This event take place in Revelstoke in September. Everybody brings a dish to complement the boiled corn that has just been picked. The party is filled with music and games for both youths and adults.
The Christmas party
In December, the AFKO celebrates Christmas. In a day event, Santa Claus visits after everybody sits and eats the delicious traditional holiday meal. Outside games and talent show.