Mauril Bélanger Lecture Series

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A committed parliamentarian and a great defender of democratic values and the French fact in Canada, Mauril Bélanger spent his career supporting minority groups and promoting the Franco-Ontarian community. Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Citizenship and Minorities (CIRCEM) at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Social Sciences are proud to present this lecture series in honour of the late Mauril Bélanger. Led by CIRCEM and thanks to the generous financial contribution of the Fondation Famille Bertrand, these lectures will focus on the major issues that Mr. Bélanger advocated for during his political career. Themes will be chosen by archivists from LAC, which is the custodian of Mr. Bélanger’s written works.

The first lecture in the Mauril Bélanger Lecture Series is entitled “Nouvelles frontières : dynamiques de l’espace francophone de la capitale” [New Frontiers: The Dynamics of Francophone Space in the Capital]. Francophone spaces in Canada have undergone many transformations over the last 25 years, largely as a result of immigration. Changes have been particularly significant in the National Capital Region, which in terms of growth has one of the most dynamic Francophone communities in the country. The event will feature a panel of experts who will analyze these changes and discuss their effects on Canada’s social fabric.

Keynote speaker:
Anne Gilbert, Professor Emeritus, Geography, and co-founder of CIRCEM, University of Ottawa

Jean-Pierre Corbeil, Assistant Director, Centre for Ethnocultural, Language and Immigration Statistics, Statistics Canada
Brian Ray, Vice-Dean of Research, Faculty of Arts, and Associate Professor, Geography, University of Ottawa

Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Library and Archives Canada, Pellan Room, 2nd Floor
395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario

The event will be primarily in French with simultaneous English translation. Free admission. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m.

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