March 15 - 19, 2021

Immigration, Vitality and InclusionA Revealing Moment: How the Pandemic Has Exposed the Fragility of Minorities

The year 2020 was marked by major upheavals. Overall, the COVID-19 crisis has exposed and exacerbated the inequalities and vulnerabilities that exist within Canadian society. Alongside its multiple impacts on immigration to Canada as a whole, the pandemic has highlighted the fragility of minorities in times of crisis. There is a need to reflect on measures that could reduce the long-term consequences for Francophone and Acadian communities. After all, welcoming and integrating immigrants have been key priorities for these communities for the last two decades.


The major events and heightened awareness of the past year have also focused attention on the persistence of racial discrimination and unconscious bias in Canadian society. The situation calls for appropriate strategies for truly fostering community cohesion in a context of diversity.  

The 14th Annual Symposium on Francophone Immigration will provide an opportunity to address these challenges and discuss promising practices for building cohesive communities in a time of crisis.

Days until the event




Rachida Azdouz
Université de Montréal
Rachida Azdouz is a psychologist, essayist and columnist, as well as Associate Researcher at the Université de Montréal’s Laboratoire de recherche en relations interculturelles (LABRRI).
Cédric de Chardon
Immigration, Réfugiés et Citoyenneté Canada (IRCC)
Cédric de Chardon is currently Director of Policy Research at the Research and Evaluation Branch of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). After studying economics, he worked in the private sector and then for the Quebec government. Finally, he joined the federal civil service, where he has spent the last 15 years.
Ibrahima Diallo
Université de Saint-Boniface
Originally from Senegal, Ibrahima Diallo was one of the first Francophone immigrants from sub-Saharan Africa to settle in Winnipeg. He arrived in Manitoba in 1984. Ibrahima is now a Full Professor in the Faculty of Science at the Université de Saint-Boniface, where he has taught since 1985.
Emilie Nicolas
Anthropologist, Consultant and Columnist for Le Devoir
Committed to social justice, Émilie helped establish Québec inclusif in 2013, as well as a coalition for promoting equality and fighting systemic racism in Quebec in 2016.
Serge Quinty
Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne (FCFA) du Canada
For two decades, Serge Quinty has been honing his skills as a communications professional within the Canadian Francophonie. He started out working as a journalist and editor at various media outlets in Ottawa, including Radio-Canada’s radio service and the daily newspaper Le Droit.

Organizing committee

Halimatou BaProfessor, School of Social Work, Université de Saint-Boniface
Brigitte ChavezAnalyst, Centre for Ethnocultural, Language and Immigration Statistics, Statistics Canada
Irving LewisDirector, Educational Continuum, Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne
Stéphanie SinaréAnalyst, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Leyla SallProfessor, Department of Sociology and Criminology, Université de Moncton
Christophe TraisnelProfessor, School of Advanced Public Studies, Université de Moncton
National Secretariat of the Fédération des communautés francophones et acadienne (FCFA) du Canada

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Telephone: 613.241.7600
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