March 20 is the International Day of La Francophonie

March 9, 2017

On March 20 the International Day of La Francophonie is celebrated around the world, commemorating the signing of the Niamey Convention which took place on March 20, 1970. The convention gave rise to the Cultural and Technical Cooperation Agency which was the precursor to the modern International Organisation of La Francophonie.

This day gives us an opportunity to celebrate the French language and Canada's rich French heritage and culture, while also reminding us to embrace the core values of peace, democracy and a respect for human rights.

L’Organisation international de la francophonie has provided a list of International Day of La Francophonie events happening across Canada. Visit their dedicated Journée internationale de la Francophonie webpage for more information and resources.

Learn More

Visit the official website of L’Organisation international de la francophonie to learn more about ongoing research and initiatives.

ONA is committed to being an inclusive and equitable organization that recognizes membership diversity. Visit our Human Rights & Equity webpage to learn about the work being done by our Human Rights & Equity Team and to access valuable resources including French and English editions of our ONA Equity Bulletin.

Watch ONA's "Human Rights and Equity Caucus" video and learn more about the role we play in promoting equity and diversity for our members in the workplace and in the Union.

Visit the French section of the ONA webpage for translated versions of key documents including the updated 2017 ONA Constitution.

Canada is the second largest donor to La Francophonie after France. Learn more about Canada’s activities and role as a member of La Francophonie here.