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As a double minority (racial & linguistic), the needs of Black Francophones are often neglected. Besides racism, Black Francophones in Ontario are facing challenges from mainstream Francophone institutions as well as language discrimination in a predominantly Anglophone society.
Founded in April 2021, FrancoNoir.e is a Black employee group in the Ontario Public Service (OPS) dedicated to addressing the challenges and employment barriers facing Black communities in the OPS, while advocating for a more inclusive and tolerant Francophone community within a more equitable Ontario.
FrancoNoir.e, which means Black Francophone, is gender-neutral and refers to any Black individuals identified as Francophones based on the Government of Ontario's "Inclusive Definition of Francophones (IDF)."
To establish a more vibrant and inclusive Francophone community in the Ontario Public Service (OPS), thereby contributing to a more equitable Ontario for generations to come.
Racism separates, but it never liberates. Hatred generates fear, and fear once given a foothold; binds, consumes and imprisons. Nothing is gained from prejudice. No one benefits from racism.
To build a stronger, more inclusive and supportive Black Francophone community in the OPS and Ontario
To create and support pathways to diversify the OPS to better reflect the community it serves and to raise awareness about the challenges faced by the Black population
To promote the French language through the lens of bilingualism, thereby fostering and advancing linguistic duality
To celebrate and promote Black Francophone culture, achievements and diversity.
To create and maintain a safe platform where everyone can work together to advance social, educational, linguistic and cultural cooperation
To contribute to the progress already made towards a more equitable and representative OPS and as a result a more equitable Ontario.
It is not a liberty of circumstance, conceded to us alone, that we wish; it is the adoption absolute of the principle that no man born, red, black or white, can be the property of his fellow man.
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