Discovering PEI’s French-speaking Community

Did you know that over 17,000 Islanders speak both French and English and that the French presence on PEI dates back nearly 300 years to 1720?

This section of the directory will allow you to discover and explore the Acadian and Francophone community of PEI. It includes information on the community’s regions, its organizations and members. It will also introduce you to tools to find out what’s going on in the community and how you can participate.


COMMUNITY

Acadians of PEI: Frequently Asked Questions from the Acadian Museum of PEI’s online resources.

“J’explore”: Video clip series on the six regions and a number of key issues of PEI’s Acadian and Francophone community on La Coopérative d’intégration francophone de l’Î.-P.-É. YouTube channel.

“Les voix de l’Î.-P.-É.”: Video clip series on members of PEI’s Acadian and Francophone community on La Voix acadienne YouTube channel.


COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS 

Participating and volunteering in community events is a great way to practice the language and learn about the culture.

PEI is fortunate to have six school-community centers that work for the development of the Francophone and Acadian communities.  They each have regional programming and are the regional committees of the SSTA, the provincial organization that represents and defends the interests of the community :

Charlottetown: Le Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean

Summerside: La Belle-Alliance ltée

Eastern Kings: Le Comité acadien et francophone de l’est (CAFE)

Évangéline: Le Conseil scolaire-communautaire Évangéline (CSCÉ)

Rustico: Le Conseil acadien de Rustico

West-Prince: Le Conseil acadien Rév. S.-.E-Perrey

Links to the websites of many PEI Francophone community organizations.


EVENTS

Congrès mondial acadien: The 6th edition of the Congrès mondial acadien will mark the 25th anniversary of the event in August 2019. The goal of this international gathering, held every 5 years, is to strengthen the ties that unite all Acadian communities throughout the world.


COMMUNICATIONS

La Voix acadienne: PEI’s French language weekly newspaper.

Franco Î.-P.-É.: PEI Francophone community Facebook Group—you’re welcome to join!

Île branchée: PEI Francophone community e-bulletin—Sign up to stay informed of community activities and events

Ici Radio-Canada Première: French-language news and information service of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Le Réveil is a local PEI broadcast from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Charlottetown 88.1 FM
  • St. Edward/St. Louis 97.5 FM
  • Urbainville 106.9 FM

FRENCH-CANADIAN CULTURE

Radio-Canada: French-language service of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Unis TV : Canadian French-language television network that showcases the diversity of the Canadian Francophonie.

TFO: Canadian French-language educational television channel. You can browse in English!

TVA: Canadian French-language television network

Netflix: Online streaming service. French content available with an English subtitles option

TV5 : French-language television network that promotes the diversity of the French-speaking communities in Canada and abroad.

Online radio stations : A large number of French-language radio stations are broadcast online. The link provided is Radio-Canada’s online offering.

Radio-Canada Espace musique: French-language music service of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation