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December 19

Light up Kitimat

On Sunday, December 4, AFFNO participated during ‘Light up Kitimat’, with assistance from Kitimat Parents for French. Terrace/Kitimat Coordinator Manon Daigle was present with our kiosk, and AFFNO had the opportunity to chat with many francophones and francophiles. It was the first time the community of Kitimat had held this event since prior to the pandemic, and even on a day that was very cold, it was very busy! The highlight of the day was when the students from Kildala Elementary showed up and sang in French!

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December 1

Our mysteries!

During October, AFFNO hosted two murder mysteries!

First off, our Murder Mystery made its return to Prince Rupert, and it took place the Crest Hotel on October 15. The event was basically sold out as of September 15, and it was an amazing success. For the first time in AFFNO’s history, we raised more than $4,000 and Canadian Parents for French also raised more than $300 for their 50-50 draw. The theme was conspiracy theories. Then, two weeks later, AFFNO presented another mystery on October 29, this time in Kitimat with our friends at Hirsch Creek Golf & Winter Club. We raised more than $1,000, and the theme was snakes (and of course Halloween!)

A huge thank you to all of our partners, particularly: Alta Gas, B.C. Gaming, Cook’s Jewellers, the Crest Hotel, Hirsch Creek, le Patrimoine Canadien, the Prince Rupert Port Authority, Stuck-on Designs, and everyone else … WE LOVE YOU!

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December 1

Cultural Link update

Our cultural link … has returned? YES! For the past two years, it has been very difficult to continue to offer our Mobile Library with all of the pandemic restrictions. And then, even after a return to ‘normal’ this year, same thing – it is like our members have forgotten that AFFNO exists! So, to help us with the official relaunch of our Cultural Link, AFFNO will be presenting special events in conjunction with our Mobile Library.  Next up, AFFNO will be present during Terrace's Winter Festival (January 18 to 22). And also in 2023, we are in the midst of organizing similar events for both Kitimat and the Hazeltons, so check out the AFFNOUVELLES in February!

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September 1

Saint Jean Baptiste Day

Really, an event with no restrictions? YES! Back on Friday, June 24, at Heritage Park Museum in Terrace, we celebrated Saint-Jean Baptiste Day. It was the first hot day of summer, plus, Caledonia’s graduation was the same day; that said, more than 120 people participated. Marc-Olivier Chouinard performed live, there was various activities for the kids, and yes … finally, the return of the poutine-eating contest! Philip Khatil won the contest, and the poutine (and all food for the event) was prepared by Chef Global Fusion. Thank you to le Patrimoine Canadien, B.C. Gaming, Heritage Park Museum, and all of our partners … we love you!

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March 25

Franco-fun ski day in Smithers

After an absence of two years, AFFNO returned to Smithers for our Franco-fun Ski Day, March 5, up on Hudson Bay Mountain. It was an incredible day with lots of fun, and lots of smiles! AFFNO volunteers were there serving up toffee on the snow. Approximately 150 people participated, and AFFNO was able to accumulate more than $110 by donation. A handful of members were able to take advantage of the ski rebate. And then, a musical group performed live inside the Whiskey Jack Lounge. Thank you to Hudson Bay Mountain for the partnership!

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September 27

A day of healing

Before reconciliation can become a reality, the healing must begin. On Monday, September 27 at the Ksan Village in Hazelton, AFFNO, in partnership with the Francophone Youth Council of B.C. (CJFCB) invited the Hazelton Secondary School students (HSS) to participate and listen to stories from residential school survivors.

Gary Patsey, a survivor, was the main speaker at the event. Shanna McCarthy, a French Immersion Grade 11 student at HSS who is also Gitxsan, is one of 12 participants who were chosen by the CJFCB for the Connecte Project, and she worked hard throughout September to organise A Day of Healing for her school. Due to COVID-19 restrictions and concerns, only 100 people participated. AFFNO produced T-shirts in three official languages (English, French, and Gitxsanimaax) with the message “Every Child Matters” and Michelle Stoney, a Gitxsan artist but also a French Immersion grad, created the artwork for the event.

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