Upcoming Folklore Canada/CIOFF Conference in Montreal

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The 30th Folklore Canada International Annual Conference will take place in Montreal from April 15 to 17, 2016.

Please find attached a detailed program for the Conference and the registration form

The theme is “Intangible Cultural Heritage Identity, Diversity & Cultural Mediation. How Associations, folklore Groups & Festivals are contributing to the preservation, transmission and dissemination of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

A second important element of the Conference will be to build a future for and with the youth. The experiences conducted in the world by the CIOFF YOUTH FORUM show that it is possible to prepare young people to develop leadership through learning of meeting rules, use of social networks, project realization, participation to various projects with folk groups as well as with the provincial association and finally, participation to Canadian and international activities.

It is therefore important Folk groups & Festivals to select 1 or 2 young people to participate in the Canadian Conference on Intangible Cultural Heritage in order to develop the new concept of Youth Forum.

We appreciate your actions for the preservation and transmission of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Your participation to the conference will be an asset for exchange and a contribution for the promotion and dissemination of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Canada. Hope you could be with us to develop the network in Canada and keep the traditional richness of your community.

Guy Landry

General Director

Happy 2016!

canada150logoHappy New Year!

Only 1 year until we celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation!



Canada 150: Join the Celebration!

In 2017 Canada will mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation. This is your celebration! How will you join Canadians taking part from coast to coast to coast? The Canada 150 adventure awaits you

175th anniversary of the Election of Baldwin and Lafontaine – Leaders for Responsible Government

Map of Upper and Lower Canada

In 1841, Sir Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine and Robert Baldwin, as well as Joseph Howe in Nova Scotia, worked to establish a responsible government, the system that we have today. Lafontaine, a champion of democracy and French-language rights, became the first leader of a responsible government.

175th anniversary of Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s birth

Sir Wilfrid Laurier

The first French-Canadian Prime Minister after Confederation, Sir Wilfrid Laurier (born November 20, 1841) encouraged immigration to the West of Canada. Laurier was Prime Minister during a period of major industrialization and oversaw the inclusion of Alberta and Saskatchewan into Confederation. In 1910, he led the creation of the Royal Canadian Navy.

150th anniversary of the Fenian Raids

Fenian Raid Volunteers.

The raids of 1866 furthered the cause of Confederation by encouraging a united defence. The defence of the extensive Canadian border against Irish-American raiders was victorious and showed the devotion of Canadians to their nation. A number of Canadian Forces regiments can trace their heritage back to this time period.

Centennial of women’s suffrage

Photo of Nellie McClung

The first provinces to grant women the right to vote in 1916 were Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. This was an early step in the path to equality and women’s rights.

Centennial of the Battles of the Somme and Beaumont-Hamel (First World War)

Canadian Soldiers Back from the Trenches during the Battle of the Somme in November 1916.

While this historic offensive decimated the Royal Newfoundland Regiment, it also prepared Canadians for their success at Vimy Ridge. The battalion was subsequently recognized for its unwavering bravery in the face of trying conditions.

Learn more about commemorating the centennial of the First World War.

75th anniversary of the Battle of Hong Kong

Canadian contingent in Hong Kong in 1941.

The battle of Hong Kong was 17 and a half days of intense fighting. When Allied forces were overrun on Christmas Day, December 25, 1941, those who had survived the battle found themselves in what would become four years of captivity in prisoner-of-war and Japanese work camps.

Learn more about commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Second World War.

Towards Confederation

The Fathers of Confederation first dreamed of a united Canada, prosperous, proud, strong and free…

Great Canadian North

Join us this year as we celebrate the Great Canadian North.

World War Commemorations

Learn more about the Commemorations of what contributed to the Canada we know today.

Here’s our upcoming calendar of events happening in 2016

tshirtlogosmallWednesday, July 1st, 2016 :

Our 9th Annual Multicultural Canada Day Celebrations at Yonge Dundas Square.

Other Events of interest:

Other Out-of-Province Events in 2016

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Celebrate life and culture with world-class entertainment, delicious authentic food and beautiful cultural displays at Folklorama, the largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world (as determined by the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts). Explore one of the most vibrant arts and culture scenes found in the heart of the continent during the first two weeks of August. Join friends and family and experience the world’s cultures in Winnipeg in August 2016. More info

Drummondville, Quebec

World Cultures (formerly World Folklore Festival) is a festival to discover the different facets of world traditions every summer at the beginning of July to Woodyatt Park Drummondville, a town in the region of Centre-du-Québec . The event was founded in 1982, after members of the Mackinaw folk ensemble had participated in a similar festival in Dijon, France. The 34th edition of the festival will take place in July 2016. More info

Folklore Canada Youth Conference planning meeting Monday Aug. 17

l_2AD8B177-FFEF-516E-BFF117B38B985452 In order to start planning this Role of Youth in ICH conference, we would like to cordially invite ALL CFAC GROUP LEADERS and DIRECTORS to  a pre-meeting with Director of Folklore Canada, Mr. Guy Landry in Toronto on MONDAY AUGUST 17, @ 7PM at the “ Courtyard Marriott Hotel” 75 Yonge Street, Toronto M4Y 1X7 ( corner of Alexander and Yonge Street) to discuss, and start planning for the conference on Sept 18.



2040 Alexandre-de-Seve, Montreal, QC  H2L  2W4


Montreal August 4, 2015

Dear Member,

Since 1989, the year Folklore Canada International (FCI) was created, the situation of the Intangible Cultural Heritage has developed significantly in Canada and around the world. In 2003, the Convention for the safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage was Accepted More than 120 countries have signed the Convention and taken action to ensure the safeguarding of their intangible cultural heritage.


FCI brings together more than 150 associations, groups, artists and festivals interested in preserving, transmitting and disseminating of the intangible cultural Heritage at the Canadian and International level. In Canada, FCI is the national section of the international organization “International Council of Organisations of Folklore Festivals and Traditional Arts” (CIOFF).


 CIOFF Youth Forum

More than 10 years ago, CIOFF created the CIOFF Youth Forum and has asked each national section to create a national Youth Forum. To this day, more than 10 Youth Forums were recognized throughout their national sections and representatives from these Youth Forums meet annually during the CIOFF World Congress.


Folklore Canada International (FCI) and Youth

The groups making on the dissemination of intangible cultural heritage include many young members of 15 to 30 years of age who participate in the conservation, transmission and dissemination of dances, songs, music, costumes and traditions specific to their native culture.


At the last Canadian Conference, it was recommended to organize a Youth Conference in Toronto in partnership with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. We believe that such an event would encourage exchanges on the role of youth and foster the implementation of Intangible Cultural Heritage regrouping. FCI is preparing the National Conference on the Youth commitment for the safeguarding, transmission and dissemination on Intangible Cultural Heritage. The Conference will be in Toronto from September 18-20.


We need your cooperation to make a success of this conference and to share your knowledge in the Canadian network of Intangible Cultural Heritage. I will be in Toronto August 17 and will like to meet you to exchange on Folklore Canada International and develop your cooperation for the youth Conference. Could I meet you at 7 PM at the restaurant of Courtyard Marriott Downtown, 475 Yonge St. Toronto. Please find enclosed a draft Agenda for August 17.


If you need more information please contact me at 514-524-8552 or Wendy at 416-986-531. Thank you for your help in making a success of this National Conference on the role of Youth in Intangible Cultural Heritage. Mes amitiés,

General Director,

Guy Landry 

 Draft Agenda


Meeting FCI with Toronto groups & Members

Courtyard Marriott Downtown

DRAFT AGENDA 2015 August 17 at 7 PM


1.    Welcome

2.    Presentation of participants

3.    Agenda

4.    Meeting Secretary

5.    Short presentation of CIOFF & FCI

6.     FCI Activities

7.    • Youth in CIOFF, Canada, Provinces, City, Festivals & Groups

8.    • Importance of Youth for Preservation, transmission & dissemination of Intangible Cultural Heritage

9.    • Conference on role of Youth for Intangible Cultural Heritage

10.• Role of mentor

11.• Formula of the Conference Youth with Mentor

12.• Lobbying to Canadian Commission of UNESCO & politicians


What we are looking for

13.Recruitment of participants

14.Lodging of youth coming from outside of Toronto

15.Transportation for activities in Toronto

16.Recommendation of youths or mentors to be speakers on their experience

17.Youth groups to perform

18. Miscellaneous

19. Thanks

New upcoming Youth Conference Sept 18,19,20, 2015

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Screen shot 2014-01-26 at 2.13.29 PMToronto, September 18, 19 and 20, 2015

Once again the CFAC will be hosting a Folklore Canada -CIOFF conference. The highlight of this conference will discussing and adopting new Bylaws to Develop the interest of the youth towards intangible cultural heritage on a local, provincial, national, and international level

We will be discussing the following new National ByLaws:

National Bylaws of the CFAC – FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum

Toronto CITY HALL , 100 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON Canada. 

  1. Name

The name of the group is FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum

  1. Headquarters

Our Headquarters are located in Quebec, Canada. It is to note that the address can change accordingly to the will of the Youth Council. The group is a branch of Folklore Canada International .

  1. Objectives

FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum shares the same general goals as Folklore Canada International, which will be presented in Annex I:

The objectives of FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum go as following:

  1. Develop the interest of the youth towards intangible cultural heritage on a local, provincial, national, and international level.
  2. Prepare the youth for future roles of provincial, national, and international organizers and administrators in the organizations of SPEQ, FCI and CIOFF.
  3. Expand the expertise of the youth in the domain of intangible cultural heritage and its transmission.
  4. Support projects adopted by FCI and CIOFF Youth Council.


  1. Fiscal year

The fiscal year of the organization ends on March 30th in accordance to Folklore Canada International, unless the FCI council indicates otherwise.

  1. Members

5.1 To participate in the meetings of FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum, candidates must be between the ages of 15 to 28 and be recommended by an official written approval by the Canadian national section or the provincial division.

To be elected to the Youth Council, candidates must be of at least 18 years old

Each youth is part of Folklore Canada International, which is the Canadian section of CIOFF as well as the Canadian community, and must at all time keep in mind the main objectives of the group.

5.2 Individuals can attend the meetings as observers under the category of friendly members. Friendly members must be between 29 and 35 years old and be recommended by an official written approval by the Youth Council and the Canadian national section.

Friendly members cannot be elected to the Youth Council.

Friendly members are part of Folklore Canada International, which is the Canadian section of CIOFF as well as the Canadian community, and must at all time keep in mind the main objectives of the group.

  1. Youth council

The annual aims and the program of the organization are managed by a council of fifteen (15) administrators (5 members of the executive committee and 10 provincial delegates) of which eight (8) make up a quorum[1].

The administrators are elected for two (2) years by the members of the yearly general assembly. The election process goes as following[2]:

  1. One (1) representative per province is assigned by their provincial association or nominated by the Youth Council, and approved by the FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum;
  2. One (1) President is elected amongst the FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum;
  3. One (1) Vice-President is elected amongst FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum;
  4. One (1) Secretary is elected amongst the FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum;
  5. One (1) Director of communications is elected amongst the FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum;
  6. One (1) Treasurer is elected amongst FCI-CIOFF-CANADA Youth Forum.


UNESCO seeks to achieve its overarching objectives of a Culture of Peace


UNESCO Headquarters, 15-17 December 2014



As a result of its proceedings, the International Conference of NGOs in official partnership

with UNESCO, meeting in Paris from 1S to 17 December 2014 under the theme “Reenchanting

the world for the post-201S development agenda”, adopted the following


Recognizing that UNESCO seeks to achieve its overarching objectives of a Culture of Peace

and Sustainable Development in its fields of competence (education, the SCiences, culture,

communication and information), around its global priorities (Africa and Gender Qualities)

and for identified priority groups (Youth, Least Developed Countries as well as Small Island

and Developing States);

Noting that the UNESCO partnership with non-governmental organizations (NGOs)

representing civil society constitutes a valuable cooperation for achieving these objectives

among organizations concerned with matters within the competence of the Organisation;

Considering that NGOs playa key role in complementing the action of governmental and

intergovernmental bodies such as UNESCO because they operate on the ground, are flexible

and independent of government politiCS, able to create awareness and to mobilise;

Acknowledging the Directives concerning UNESCO’s partnership with NGOs adopted by the

36th session of the General Conference, the UNESCO medium-term strategy (2014-2021),

and the recent release of the Synthesis Report of the UN Secretary General regarding the

post-201S Agenda “The Road to Dignity by 2030”;

Supporting the need for measurable, realistic and inspirational targets, we make the

following recommendations:

1. To the NGO-UNESCO Liaison Committee

Supportive of the strategic approach adopted by previous Liaison Committees, we

encourage the incoming Committee to develop a Plan of Action that clearly reflects

consideration of the goals of the post-201S development agenda;

Recognising the important opportunity that NGO fora in different regions of the world

offer to involve local, national and regional NGOs in the collective work of NGOs, we

invite the Liaison Committee to continue the organization of these fora on issues

related to the post-201S development agenda;

Convinced that the geographical diversity of the Liaison Committee is a major asset

for the collective collaboration of NGOs, we invite the Committee to maximize the

joint potential of its members when implementing the Plan of Action and defining its

working methods;


Acknowledging the value of the advice and suggestions gathered during the

brainstorming session of the International Conference (to be annexed), we invite t he

Liaison Committee to take them into account when elaborat ing its Plan of Action;

In light of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-201S development agenda

which take place at the UN until September 201S, we invite the Liaison Committee to

steer NGO collaboration across fields of competence in order to advocate an agenda

that addresses the broad range of concerns that NGOs are working on today.

2. To the NGO Community

Acknowledging the limited time remaining for influencing the preparation of the post-

201S development agenda, we urge the NGO community to thoroughly examine the

key documents of this process and to express their views for the final agenda to

allow all stakeholders to build “the future we want “;

Encouraged by the general consensus on the need for cross-cutting collaborations,

we challenge NGOs in all UNESCO regions to form st rategic alliances with partners

from other areas of competence to contribute to the implementation of the post-201S

development agenda via jointly prepared studies, events and projects;

Having taken note of the reports on the th ree NGO fora held during the past

biennium, we invite NGOs to work individually and collectively to follow up on the

outcomes of these fora and of the thematic debates held at the International


We encourage NGOs to consider strategies for the inclusion of marginalized groups of

people as both actors and beneficiaries of their work.

3. To UNESCO Member States and the Director-General

Committed to maximizing impact of efforts when working towards the targets of the

post-201S development agenda, and concerned over the risk of fragmentation of

these efforts, we challenge UNESCO Member States and the Director-General to

a. work w ith the Liaison Committee to continue to enhance the procedures for

consultation and cooperat ion between UNESCO and NGO’s in official

partnership with a view to further improving these processes;

b. promote cross-cutting initiatives by reinforcing partnerships with NGOs across

all regions and where feasible, providing support for cross-cutting


Encouraged by the positive experience of the NGO fora, we strongly recommend that

Member States and the UNESCO Secretariat continue to support these and explore

ways of taking into account the conclusions and recommendations of these fora.