University of Regina officially launches La Cité universitaire francophone

News Release Release Date: September 1, 2015 10:00 a.m.

The University of Regina and Fransaskois communities gathered with Saskatchewan’s Minister of Advanced Education, Scott Moe; the Commissioner of Official Languages, Graham Fraser; the President of the Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise, Françoise Sigur-Cloutier; and the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina, Dr. Vianne Timmons, to celebrate the official inauguration of La Cité universitaire francophone, the new Francophone entity on campus.

A result of the amalgamation of the Institut français and the Department of French at the University of Regina, La Cité universitaire francophone was granted academic status equivalent to other faculties, giving it the authority to manage its university programs and grant degrees - a historic step in French-language university education in the province. 

University of Regina’s President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Vianne Timmons points out that La Cité will be called on to play a central role in French-language university education in coming years.

“It builds on our traditions – but marks the beginning of a new era of French post-secondary education in Saskatchewan.The launch of La Cité is in line with our Strategic Plan’s objectives of student success and community engagement. It also reflects our commitment to serve post-secondary education needs of French speakers in Saskatchewan, and better positions us to serve our students and our communities.”

La Cité unveiled its logo and launched a brand new website. La Cité director Sophie Bouffard is proud of all the work that has been accomplished in recent months.

“We have worked diligently all summer to create this new visual identity. It’s much more than just a logo: it represents a significant step that will leave a lasting mark on the advancement of French-language university education in Saskatchewan.”

The creation of La Cité demonstrates a sincere commitment to Canada’s linguistic duality and acknowledges the necessity of supporting the study of French language and culture, as well as university studies in French, in Saskatchewan.

BACKGROUND
Education in French in Saskatchewan over the years

La Cité universitaire francophone at the University of Regina represents the culmination of a series of changes extending over almost a century:

1918 – Francophone university education begins in Gravelbourg with Collège Mathieu in partnership with the University of Ottawa.

1968 – Creation of the University of Saskatchewan’s Bilingual Studies Centre on the Regina campus.

1988 - Construction of a building on the University of Regina campus (Language Institute Building) and establishment of university programs in French by the Language Institute.

2003 – Following a study critical of the Language Institute, the Institut français is established, a partnership between the University of Regina and Saskatchewan’s Francophones. 

2012 – The University of Regina creates a task force on the future of the Institut français in the context of French-language education at the University of Regina.

2013 – The task force submits its recommendations which are accepted, in principle, by the president of the University of Regina.

2015 – The Department of French and Francophone Intercultural Studies merges with the Institut français to create a single independent and cohesive academic entity: La Cité universitaire francophone.

La Cité universitaire francophone contact:
Léa Beaulieu Prpick
Marketing and Recruitment Officer
University of Regina
(306) 585-5180
Lea.Prpick@uregina.ca