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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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September 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 at the Kitimat Library on Saturday, September 10, at 2 p.m., for a bilingual puppet show! And in the months of September and October, we are in the midst of organizing similar events for both Terrace and the Hazeltons, so check out the AFFNOUVELLES in September!

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March 25

Sugar Shack 2022

One word : INCREDIBLE. Finally, AFFNO was able to present our Sugar Shack Festival in Prince Rupert, with the brunch held on March 12 at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre. The day prior, the mask mandate was reversed, and everyone had the chance to dance during Angela Roy and Barefoot Caravan’s performance, during the brunch. Due to restrictions with Northern Health, capacity remained at 50%, but even still more than 150 people participated in person, with almost another 20 taking advantage of the Take-out option. For the rest of the festival, AFFNO hosted the Kick-off Social Friday night at Cowpuccino’s, and Open Mic at the Wheelhouse Saturday evening. Thank you to our partners, especially le Patrimoine Canada, CPF Prince Rupert, Prince Rupert Arts Council, D.P. World, Drax, Empire Grain, the city of Prince Rupert, Vintage Island Properties, and our volunteers! MERCI!

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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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March 25

Franco-fun Festival in Kitimat

It was fairly evident that the community of Kitimat was ready for a real celebration, and on February 27, at Hirsch Creek Golf & Winter Club, AFFNO presented the return of our Franco fun Festival. After Dr. Henry’s announcement on February 16, we were allowed to sell 100 tickets for the brunch … and we sold them all! In total, including volunteers and special guests, more than 120 people participated! Marc-Olivier Chouinard and Denis Gagné provided the music, AFFNO offered up toffee on the snow, and everyone truly enjoyed the food, but more importantly … the chance to meet in person! Thank you to all of our partners, particularly le Patrimoine Canadien, B.C. Gaming, Kitimat Lodge, Bear Country Inn, the District of Kitimat, and of course, Hirsch Creek! We love you!

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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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