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Beyond Riel

Episode 6: Who is Part of the Francophone Community? - Part 1: French as a Second Language

Our pre­vi­ous episodes explored how a com­mon lan­guage and live­ly cul­ture brings togeth­er Fran­coph­o­ne com­mu­ni­ties. Our next top­ic con­cerns who is part of these Fran­coph­o­ne communities.

The top­ic of Fran­coph­o­ne iden­ti­ty and who is part of the Fran­coph­o­ne com­mu­ni­ty” has been active­ly debat­ed for many years by those in the com­mu­ni­ty. In the next two episodes, we will explore this ques­tion by talk­ing to two indi­vid­u­als who his­tor­i­cal­ly would not have been con­sid­ered part of the Fran­coph­o­ne com­mu­ni­ty. We will begin this con­ver­sa­tion with Der­rek Bentley.

For more infor­ma­tion on Beyond Riel please vis­it: https://​umfm​.com/​s​e​r​i​e​s​/​b​eyond…

Exec­u­tive pro­duc­ers for the pod­cast are Ian T.D. Thom­son and André Marchildon. 

Our tech­ni­cal pro­duc­er is Frédérick Demers, and our con­sult­ing pro­duc­er is Gabriel Tougas. 

Music for the series is pro­vid­ed by Rayan­nah.


  • Derrek Bentley

    Derrek’s first language is English yet that hasn’t stopped him from becoming extensively involved in the Francophone community. In 2011 he was the youngest recipient for the Prix Riel, a prestigious award given to leaders in Manitoba’s Francophone community. Derrek previously worked at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights and now works as the general manager for the Conseil jeunesse provincial, which is the French youth council of Manitoba. Derrek was also recently named a Future 40 finalist by CBC Manitoba.