MONTREAL, APRIL 19, 2011—The historic Rialto Theatre (5723 ave. du Parc) will be the site of the 2011 French for the Future Montreal Local Forum, beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20. Aimed at promoting bilingualism amongst Canadian youth, the theme is Respect, Culture and Integration Into Québécois Society. Approximately 300 students from six Montreal high schools and two school boards will be present, while additional high schools from across Quebec will participate via videoconference.
Participating schools are: John F. Kennedy High School in St. Michel, Westmount High School, Marymount Academy in N.D.G., Lauren Hill Academy in St. Laurent, from the English Montreal School Board (EMSB); and Lakeside Academy in Lachine, Beaconsfield High School and Pierrefonds Comprehensive will attend from the Lester B. Pearson School Board.
On the eve of Earth Day, the opening session with focus on the environment. The chairs of the EMSB and LBSB Green Committees, Commissioners Ginette Sauvé-Frankel and Rosemary Murphy, will be part of the panel, in addition to youth from Oxfam-Québec and Enfant Entraide. The panel is entitled: Actions citoyens envers l'environnement
Bmo Financial Group is a huge supporter of this event, as well as Bureau en Gros which is offering Becherelles to all 300 participants. Anglophone students from CEGEP André Laurendeau will speak on their choice to study at a francophone institution. Participants will be treated to a keynote address by Kevin Tierney, who will show clips from his latest film, French Immersion. Musician Paul Cargnello will perform. Francophone hip hop dance group GuettoNest from the Vise Haut dance school rounds out the morning schedule and the conference will conclude with La Ligue D’improvisation Montréalaise, performing one of their entertaining skits in the afternoon.
The wide variety of programs allowing students to be immersed in the French language over the course of an entire day will undoubtedly allow them to feel proud of being bilingual, but it will strengthen their connection to the Quebecois culture that surrounds them on a daily basis. For more details log on to www.french-future.org.