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Use of French continues to rise in the Yukon
Whitehorse, August 3, 2017 - According to Statistics Canada, the number of Yukoners who can speak French has gone up 10% since the last census in 2011.
Almost 14% of Yukoners speak French, maintaining the territory's third ranking nationally for its bilingualism rate. This increase can be explained by the growing number of French immersion programs in the territory and the fact that more and more people are choosing to speak French at home. At the same time, the number of Yukoners with French as their first language is also increasing.
"The Association franco-yukonnaise (AFY) is delighted with the results from the 2016 census on language confirming the rise in the use of French in the Yukon since 2006," said AFY President Angélique Bernard, adding "This steady increase shows that the Franco-Yukon is vibrant and growing.
"AFY is, however, concerned by the disturbing slippage of French as a first language in Canada. This alarming situation requires special attention from the federal government on the eve of the renewal of the Action Plan for Official Languages. It will be essential to address this general decline of French in Canada, as well as guarantee growing Francophone communities greater access to quality services and activities," stated Ms. Bernard.
AFY thanks all the people and organizations that contribute to the development of the Franco-Yukon and salutes their outstanding work, as reflected in the last census on language.
Association franco-yukonnaise
Official voice and leader in the development of the Yukon French-speaking community since 1982, AFY aims to improve the quality of life of Yukon Francophones.

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Laurie Gendron, Promotion Officer
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