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31st-Jul-2005 10:31 pm
folkfest
Statistical information regarding francophones in Manitoba from 1996.

Note: In this context, a francophone is a person who grew up speaking french and identifies it as their first language. This is sometimes used synonymously with the term francomanitoban.

Number of francomanitobans in Manitoba: 49100. This makes it the largest Canadian french-speaking population outside of Québec.
Francomanitoban representation in the total population of Manitoba : 4.5%
Largest francophone community in Manitoba: St. Boniface, Winnipeg
In 15+ localities (like St. Anne, Ile-des-Chenes, St Rose-du-Lac), francophones form 25% of the population.
Total percentage of women in the francophone population: 53%
8 out of 10 francophones in Manitoba were born here.
Since 1951, the percentage of francophones in Manitoba has dropped from 7% to 4.4%.

Source: http://www.franco-manitobain.org/index_eng.html?eng_html/assoc_list.htm~mainFrame
Comments 
1st-Aug-2005 04:06 am (UTC)
I'm almost scared to see how low the numbers would be here in Alberta. *sigh*
1st-Aug-2005 04:23 am (UTC)
At the same time, we can't blame anyone but ourselves for the decline in the french language. We should be teaching our kids how to speak and making sure that services are provided in french. It's more than just having lots of french babies and enrolling them into french schools. We have to welcome other people who want to learn the language as well.

It pisses me off that I can't find good french music or books in french in Winnipeg unless you strike a deal with someone who just happens to be heading for Montréal.
1st-Aug-2005 04:31 am (UTC)
Indeed.

A bilingual atmosphere is sorely lacking here. Even though there are many students enrolled in the French Immersion here, most never actually learn the language - they never have any application for it. I left the Immersion a year ago and already I find myself automatically writing/speaking anything in English, like I am doing now. That depresses me. :\
1st-Aug-2005 05:01 am (UTC)
Application is key. Most francophones who pass through this area as tourists see Winnipeg as the last bastion where they can receive adequate french services because it seems like the only francophones in Alberta are Québecois who moved out there to work for the federal government. God bless their poor souls...

I remember being called "a fucking frog" when I was in Alberta on a band trip. I can see why it's not an ideal location for francophones.
30th-May-2009 11:41 pm (UTC) - WRONG
Anonymous
Goodness gracious. This information is completely false. The francophone populations outside of Quebec are Ontario: 500 000; NB: 250 000; Alberta/BC: about 70 000; then Manitoba at 45 000. If we include French-speakers, the number quadruples.

There is an entire world of francophones outside of Quebec. You just need to look around a litte.
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