Project 11: An Exploration of the Potential Impact of the Co-operative Model on the Lives of Minority Francophones Living in Southern Ontario

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 Project 11 

An Exploration of the Potential Impact of the Co-operative Model on the Lives of Minority Francophones Living in Southern Ontario

Academics
Ginette Lafrenière, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University
Community Partners
Stephane Audet, Conseil de la coopération de l'Ontario
Collège Boréal
Centre de santé francophone de Hamilton et Niagara
For further information about this project, contact Ginette Lafrenière: glafreni@wlu.ca

Description

The impact of the economic activity of minority francophones in Ontario has not been the object of much attention amongst francophone scholars interested in issues of cultural assimilation or cultural diversity in Ontario (Cardinal, L., 1998, Cazabon, B., 1999, Laflamme, S., 1999, Bagaoui, 1999, Dennie, D., 2000). In particular, the impact of the co-operative movement on the francophone vitality of its members has been significantly absent in the sparse literature pertaining to the social economy in what is described as l'Ontario Français (loosely translated as Francophone Ontario, meaning where francophones reside) (Lafrenière, G., 1980).

The purpose of this research study is to contribute to an understanding of the role that the co-operative movement plays within the Franco-Ontarian community. This includes not only the francophones 'de souche' but also 'les nouveaux francophones', that is, New Canadians and refugees whose mother tongue or language of communication is French and who reside in the province of Ontario. Given the scope of this research project which is limited to Southern Ontario's Social Economy, our study will be limited to Francophones living in this geographic area.

The significance of this study is important for the Francophone community as it will open up new frontiers for reflection and debate on what role the co-operative movement can play in strengthening its presence amongst new social actors (francophone immigrants and refugees) within the political francophone arena. Additionally, the study will hopefully provide insights on how the francophone co-operative movement can respond to the needs of Francophones residing in Southern Ontario in matters of co-operative economic development. Finally, and more importantly we hope that there will be elements of understanding on how the co-operative model impacts on the assimilation processes of minority Francophones living in Ontario.

Plans for communicating research results within the academic community

One of the strengths of this particular research study is the fact that the results will be available in both French and English thereby enhancing our capacity to disseminate the findings in various academic arenas. The following list is not exhaustive but serves to illustrate the potential for dissemination:

  • ACFAS (Association Canadienne-française pour l'avancement des sciences) (equivalent to the French Learneds)
  • Nouvelles Pratiques Sociales (Quebec academic journal)
  • Reflets (Franco-Ontarian academic journal)
  • Canadian Social Work Review
  • Canadian Schools of Social Work Conference

Plans for communicating research results outside the academic community

  • AGM's of the Conseil de la coopération de l’Ontario
  • Fédération des Caisses Populaires
  • OnCoop AnnualConference - Guelph