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Yukon French Language Services Highlights

This section provides chronological information about the development of French Languages Services in the Yukon.

  • May 15, 2014: The French Language Services Directorate and the Association franco-yukonnaise unveil the new Bonjour Yukon logo, created to raise awareness of places where the public can receive services in French. The launch of the Bonjour Yukon logo marks the beginning of an awareness campaign inviting people to use French language services anywhere the logo is displayed. The active offer concept means that services are readily available in French and proactively offered by frontline staff.
  • January 2014 : Minister of Health and Social Services Doug Graham, Minister responsible for the French Language Services Directorate Elaine Taylor and members of the Francophone community officially launch a pilot project that actively offers French language and interpretation services to Yukon Francophone residents at three separate health sector sites.
    The pilot project aims to provide Francophones with improved access to frontline services at three pilot sites selected jointly by the French-speaking community and government officials. Insured Health Services, Homecare Services, and the Specialists’ Clinic at the Whitehorse General Hospital will begin delivering a program with a client-centered approach to service delivery, known as active offer, in both official languages.
  • August 2013:  The Yukon government publishes a monthly column in the French newspaper, l’Aurore boréale. “Des nouvelles de la Direction des services en français” provides news and updates on French-language related matters, as well as highlights and developments with respect to provision of French language services by the Government of Yukon.
  • April 1, 2013:  The French Language Services Directorate (FLSD) is established as a separate department within the Government of Yukon giving it a more prominent and important position.
  • February 2013:  The Government of Yukon invests $289,000 to implement three pilot projects to strengthen French language services in the health and social services sector and also to develop a strategic four-year plan for French language services.
  • December 2012: The Advisory Committee on French Language Services(ACFLS) counts two new members, i.e. the Yukon Francophone School Board and the Education Deputy Minister. Besides these new seats, added at the request of the Commission scolaire francophone du Yukon, the ACFLS is composed of two representatives of the Association franco-yukonnaise, one representative of the Francophone public, one representative of the Yukon Employee Union and three other deputy ministers (currently Executive Council Office, Public Service Commission and Health and Social Services).
  • February 2012: Yukoners have access to the Motor Vehicles branch online registration renewal service in French and English.
  • September 2011:
    • Twenty (20) YG Websites available in French.
    • 380 public forms available in French on the main YG Website.
  • April 2011: Publication, by the French Language Services Directorate, of a bank of terminology and Style Guide for Yukon Government employees and the Francophone community to ensure consistency and clarity of French communications throughout Yukon.
  • January 2011: Creation of a Bilingual Staffing Working Group.
  • November 2010: The Adult French Language Training Centre is transferred to the Public Service Commission’s Staff Development Branch for greater efficiency.
  • February 2010: The Yukon Francophonie is featured at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. French-speaking Yukon artists perform at a range of venues.
  • January 2010: Creation of the Deputy Ministers Review Committee – Sub- Committee on French Language Services.
  • June 3, 2009: The Yukon government launches the website in French.
  • February 2009: For the first time, “Providing Services in French to Yukon Citizens”, a two-hour awareness session on service delivery is offered to Government employees through the Quarterly.
  • 2009: FLSD’s Translation Unit adds two new staff to its team.
  • June 2008: The Yukon Government hosts Francoforce in Whitehorse, a national celebration to mark the 400th anniversary of Quebec City.
  • June 17, 2008: DMRC approves three new human resources guidelines: Language Training, Bilingual Staffing and Wage Recovery.
  • May 15, 2008: A ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the Languages Act is held on Yukon Francophonie Day.

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