Guide to French Services and Programs Available to West Kootenay Residents
Events, projects, activities, resources, media and guides – led by youth, serving youth.
14-25 years old
Explore, Learn and Discover the World in French! Three-week program for students in grades 8 or 9 living outside Québec. Main expenses paid!
Would you like to discover a new region of Canada and make new friends? Are you looking for a spring or summer French program? Join Explore!
16 years old and over
Would you like to spend 6 months in a foreign country, experience an incredible adventure and become bilingual? Enroll in En Famille!
8 – 14 years old
Since French is Canada’s second official language, Kast believes it is important to offer bilingual educational programs in order to provide Kootenay youth access to STEAM resources (Science, Technologies, Engineering, Art, Math).
10 – 18 years old
The Fédération des parents francophones wishes to welcome baby and congratulate you by offering a free baby pack filled with all sorts of French resources and surprises!
Discover this mini website (available in French and English) dedicated to young children’s bilingual language development.
Tire-Lire is a French educational resource lending service for children and their parents. It allows francophone families and preschool centres to borrow a large selection of books, educational games, DVDs and much more.
The goal of the Franc Départ program is to welcome children between 0 and 5, accompanied by an adult, and invite them to participate in different activities in French.
50 years old and over
AFRACB’s mission is to bring together BC’s francophones and francophiles aged 50 and over in order to promote the respect of their rights and interests.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Red Cross has supplied funding to AFRACB for the distribution of over 100 tablets to francophones over 50 who live in isolation. These tablets come with a free data plan and 5 hours of personalized training.
Seniors can participate in free activities offered by seven provinces and one territory from the comfort of their home or wherever they happen to be, either by phone or videoconference on the online platform.
AFKO promotes the French language and its cultures throughout the region. The association gathers and represents francophones and francophiles from all regions of the West Kootenay through socio-cultural, educational and community activities.
Are you a musician? Or an accountant? Would you like to find services offered in French in the Kootenays? This is for you!
More than 4,000 books and movies in French! The library is located at AFKO in Nelson; in order to borrow items, you have to become a member of the association. The Nakusp, Rossland and Salmo libraries also donate French books.
Francophone music to sing and dance to? Absolutely! New releases as well as retro tunes? All the time! Something to make you smile? Always! Live from the Kootenay Co-op Radio, on Fridays at 10 a.m., with a repeat on Sundays at 10 a.m.
Meet the region’s francophones and learn about services offered thanks to our new Facebook groups in Salmo, Trail, Rossland, Slocan Valley, Crawford Bay, Kaslo and Castlegar.
Did you know that you can go to a sugar shack (Salmo), a Christmas meal (Taghum and Revelstoke) and a variety of other French cultural events throughout the year?
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The Émergence Foundation is a not-for-profit organization which fights against homophobia and transphobia through a variety of actions and programs.
The Bibliothèque des Amériques is a library that provides free access to thousands of digital books by francophone authors of the Americas. It offers a unique collection that is both diverse and specialized. It gathers, preserves and disseminates the francophone documentary heritage as well as documentary heritage specific to francophone communities of the Americas.
Activities, workshops, social gatherings, film screenings, discussion groups, and lots of other opportunities for Kootenay women.
Are you a francophone immigrant? The BC Francophone Immigration Program will help meet your practical adaptation and integration needs in British Columbia through free settlement and employment services.
We are a national network of volunteers who value French as an integral part of Canada. We are dedicated to the promotion and creation of French-second-language learning opportunities for young Canadians.