Officially 50!

A Conference Marking Fifty Years of Linguistic Duality and Education in Canada

November 21-23, 2019
Gatineau, QC

Language is a fundamental marker of identity for many Canadians, and the story of coexistence, cooperation and also conflict between English- and French-speakers has been fundamental to the story of Canada itself. This year we mark the 50th anniversary of Canada’s Official Languages Act. Since 1969 the impact of the legislation has been far reaching, both for the Francophone majority in Quebec and the Anglophone majority outside Quebec, and for the official language minority communities across Canada. The past fifty years have been characterized by battles for minority language rights, the growth of French second-language education, debates over bilingualism and the relationship between linguistic duality and Canada’s broader diversity. Educational institutions and schools at all levels have played a crucial role as teachers, parents and school boards have often been at the very centre of conversations over these issues. 

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act, the Association for Canadian Studies, the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages and Canadian Parents for French will host a bilingual summit bringing together Canadians to exchange ideas on how the two official languages have shaped Canada's historic narrative and the current challenges encountered by educators in fostering linguistic duality within the context of increasing diversity and multiple identities. The conference will take place from 21 to 23 November 2019 at the Palais des congrès de Gatineau, 50, Maisonneuve Blvd, Gatineau, Quebec and at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & conference Center, 35 Laurier Street, Gatineau, Quebec.


You can submit your proposal before September 15, 2019
For additional information about suggested themes, workshop formats, selection criteria and how to submit your proposal,  please check the call for proposal in the sidebar. Otherwise, you can contact James Ondrick by email ( or phone at (514) 925-3097.


Hotel guest rooms are available for the conference at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel & Conference Centre Gatineau-Ottawa, 35 Rue Laurier Gatineau, Quebec at a conference group rate of $160.00 per night. 
To book a room: click here. Book your group rate for Association for Canadian Studies.


- Three day - Regular: $ 295
- Three day - Student or elementary/secondary level teacher: $ 245
- One day - Regular: $ 155
- One day - Student or elementary/secondary level teacher: $ 125

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